While there are many fun apps that you can use to streamline your life and pass your time; there is a more serious app out there that I’d like to mention: Lookout Security & Antivirus. In my opinion, it’s never a bad idea to have something running on your Android device that is, well, looking out for your online (and physical) security. Here I take a look at the app, the pros and cons, and you can decide for yourself if you think that it would be worth giving a try.
What is it?
Lookout Security & Antivirus (I’ll shorten to “Lookout” henceforth) is a security app for your device that offers the following for free: Security and Antivirus, where users have continuous over-the-air protection from viruses, malware, adware and spyware; Find my Phone, where users can map the location of their device and make it sound an alarm; Signal Flare, where the app automatically saves the phone's location when the battery is low; and Backup and Download, where users can save a copy of their Google contacts and/or download contacts to a computer so they can transfer them to an existing phone or table.
There are also paid features that users can get by subscribing to the “Premium” app. The premium includes: Theft Alerts, where users receive an email with a photo and location when someone messes with their device; Safe Browsing, where the app blocks dangerous URLs while browsing on Chrome or the stock Android browser; Privacy Advisor, where users can see what personal information can be accessed by their apps; Lock & Wipe, where the app remotely locks a user’s device and posts a custom message and erases data; and Photo & Call History Backup, which automatically backs up photos and call history and users can access them anytime at Lookout.com.
How Well Does it Work?
The app works great. It’s pretty easy to navigate and the features are easy to use and self-explanatory. According to reviews, it does help if your device is stolen and could definitely help provide some peace of mind in that department. From what I understand, the malware protection and notification feature is a work in progress; but quite a few users were able to track down lost or stolen devices thanks to the app.
Lookout uses a lot of data space. If you don’t have much to spare then this could be an issue with the app. Also, if you tend to steer clear of apps that demand a lot of information from you then this might be one to avoid. That being said, it would be quite difficult for a security app to function properly without a decent amount of your information. The free version also spams you to upgrade, which would potentially become annoying.
If you find that your device is often at risk of being lost or stolen then you may want to go ahead and download the free version of Lookout. It probably doesn’t hurt to have an extra layer of protection, especially if you’re an owner of a more expensive device. For me, I doubt I’ll upgrade to the paid version, and I’m still on the fence as to whether or not the theft protection is worth the previous space on my phone.