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.