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Review Lookout Security & Antivirus
Antivirus, anti theft and pricacy controls for your Android
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 29 Jun 2014, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Powerful functionality, simple interface, minimalist design
Free version doesn't do much, old fashioned design, high price
Lookout Security & Antivirus for Android is an excellent mobile security app. The premium features are a little pricey and require a monthly or annual subscription, but it may be a worthwhile investment.
Lookout Security & Antivirus is another app promising that it has got you covered in an array of situations. It will do basic antivirus scans, backup contacts and even locate a lost device via GPS; all for free. Premium features add the ability to backup photos, call history, enable safe browsing, theft alerts and a privacy advisor.
The interface is well organized and easy to follow. It has a modern look yet still feels a tad dated. The theft alerts are cool because it will use the front camera to take a photo and give you the location of your lost phone. I've seen news stories do tests of features like this; intentionally leaving a phone in the back of a taxi cab to see if it would be returned or stolen. Well, it worked, and they caught photos of the cab driver’s kids playing with the phone he found in his car and gave them as a gift. Busted!
For me, this app is only worthwhile if you activate the premium features; it’s just too lightweight otherwise to be truly worthwhile. But at $30 a year for a subscription, there’s definitely better to be had. Kaspersky One, for instance, gives you complete antivirus and internet security for 5 devices; phones, tablets, PC and Mac; any combination of five, all for about the same price as Lookout.
Lookout Security & Antivirus is excellent at what it does, it just wants too much money to do it. There are better alternatives, but if you’re ok with the price, this is certainly a good one.