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Lookout Provides Free iOS Security App

Security app for iOS devices? Maybe useful for over concerned users about mobile security but, in reality there’s actually no threats for iOS devices ( except phishing ). If you have a jailbroken device, you should take a few extra steps to increase security but, we’ll cover that in this post too.

Lookout will first check if your device is up to date. Most iOS updates are either pushed to fix bugs and vulnerabilities or to patch jailbreaks. If you’re reading FSM, you should know that you never click that update button as soon as Apple drops and update. So this feature is useless for most of us.

Lookout also checks WiFi security. Pretty much useless too. If I’m not mistaken, all over the world, carriers have ‘special’ iPhone-only contracts with a pretty good internet ( if not unlimited ) plan. If you’re in a public place, you should create a habit of using your own data and stop using public hotspots. If you really need/want to use public hotspots, we suggest using a VPN too. You can find a lot of them on the internets. Some of them free, some of them paid. We got a great tutorial on how to get Pandora working outside the US, and in that post we’re showing you how to set up a free VPN on your iOS devices. Read the tutorial here

The app will also check your Location Privacy and will allow you to select apps that you want to provide your location to. Useful or not, I don’t know. That’s your call…

Lookout will also detect if your device is jailbroken or not. It also suggests that, if you don’t know why your device is jailbroken, you should ‘take your phone to the Apple Store’. It won’t provide info on what’s jailbreaking and then to let you decide if you want it jailbroken or not. It won’t even tell you that if it’s jailbroken, you can restore your device in iTunes and un-jailbreak it. It tells you that you should take it to the Apple Store, because they have geniuses and you can’t even think and make decisions for yourself and the device you paid for and call your own.

That being said, at first glance this app is useless. If you still want to play with it, Lookout is available for free in the app store…

At the beginning of this post, we told you that if you jailbreak, you need to take a couple of extra steps to increase security. The only thing you need to do is to change the default password ( alpine ). If you don’t know how, check out this tutorial.

Last but not least, keep an eye on the jailbreaking community. They usually fix things ( or break them – but in a good way ) before Apple does.