Lookout update provides lock-screen protection for Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3

Samsung has been under heavy fire lately as recent security holes have popped up in the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 making it possible for folks to bypass the device’s password-protected lock-screen without needing said password. The emergency dialer, the one that is accessible in case you need to dial 911 or other emergency numbers and contacts, was coded in such a way that small windows of opportunity existed for people to get into the phone.

The first sign of the vulnerability wasn’t terribly alarming — it only allowed people access to the home-screen for a split second — but it was still something that was being taken seriously. Our fears worsened when it was discovered the exploit, after a series of tricky button presses, could grant the user full access to the device.

Samsung’s working on a fix, but for the time being users are sitting ducks. Well, Lookout wants to continue its reputation of being a premier mobile security company and it has released a quick update to its application to address these issues. Lookout will protect owners of the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy S3 Mini from the exploit.

You have to hand it to them: there’s no other mobile security company doing that much deep tissue massaging to make sure anyone and everyone with an Android phone is protected from anything and everything possible. If you’re a Lookout user and this bug has you concerned, you’ll want to upgrade the app right away while we await security patches from Samsung. If you’re not a Lookout user, well, now’s as good a time as any to consider their options.

[Google Play Store]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

    This is the type of company that could succeed with security on android rather than having all those other companies hiring people to hack into to make it seem as if there is a need for it.

  • Fetch

    It’s nice to read about Android security and not have the subject be how malware is going to take all of our phones away in the night.

  • rustygh

    I still haven’t been able to get the breach to work on my s3
    Maybe running nova launcher prime changes it?
    Anyone?

  • guitarist5122

    I’m not sure how “under fire” Samsung is. can’t see this being that huge of an issue. I’ve heard absolutely no one talking about this in my workplace in which major of android owners have an s3 or Note 2. while most like to put a lock on their phone, I don’t see a need. my phone is never left laying around except for at home. haven’t had a lock on my device since I’ve owned an android some 4 years ago. No regrets yet. wonder how much time I’ve saved over those 4 years compared to those that have to take the extra second or two to unlock their phone.