Lookout app update protects against the Samsung lockscreen ‘hack’

by features on March 12, 2013

in Android

A short while back we saw the ‘hack’ that affected some Samsung devices. The initial reports were shown to affect the Galaxy Note II, however it was later revealed that the same bypass could be done on the Galaxy S III. For those who missed that previous report, it was shown that you could briefly bypass the device lockscreen and that there was the potential to gain access to certain types of desktop icons or widgets. Well, good news has arrived for anyone that may have been worried.

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The folks at Lookout have rolled out an update for their Lookout Security & Antivirus app and it brings a fix. Specifically, this app update will protect you from the “bug that could allow someone to bypass the Android lock screen and access your device.” This will take care of those rocking a Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III and Galaxy S III Mini.

The issue dealt with someone triggering and then canceling an emergency call. The fix on the part of Lookout will stop the emergency dialer from being backgrounded. The folks at Lookout break this down as; “when Lookout detects the emergency contact dialer has been backgrounded, we preemptively bring it back to the forefront so that the rest of the phone cannot be accessed.”

The updated Lookout app is version 8.10.2 and it can be found by way of the Google Play Store. Existing users will be able to grab the update using the Play Store on their device and anyone that happens to be curious and not yet using the app can use this link to check it out. The app is available for free and also has a premium subscription level available for those looking for the complete package. Of course, that is not to say the free version is bad. In fact, that is what I am using myself. In addition to this fix, the Lookout Security & Antivirus app also offers backups, security and missing device protection — all for free.

[via Lookout Blog]

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