Android antivirus king moves on iOS

Lookout, the company behind the most popular Android antivirus software, has released its first product for iOS iPhone and iPad devices.

Lookout, the company behind the most popular Android antivirus software, has released its first product for iOS iPhone and iPad devices.

The company launched its free iOS app on Tuesday, but as per Apple’s rules, Lookout’s iOS product does not feature antivirus, which is probably less of a concern for iOS users compared with Lookout's 12 million Android customers that face the growing threat of Android malware.

Still, the iOS product does include several features important for the protection on any device, although some merely duplicate already available iOS apps by Apple, such as the Lookout lost or stolen device location mapping service.

For occasions when the device is merely lost somewhere inside the house, and it’s on silent mode, a “very loud” alarm can be set off via the MyLookout webpage. Apple’s Find My Phone app contains a similar feature.

If for some reason the iOS owner wants to send a voice message, they have the option to attach one using Lookout’s VoIP service. A message up to 30 seconds in length will play at the end of the alarm.

Lookout however does offer a useful alert that tells the user when they are connecting to an unsecured network, such as might occur over free wireless networks at a cafe.

The app will also issue an alert for users running an outdated version of iOS and a notification for when apps can access your location.

If for some reason the iOS device owner is not already aware their device is jail broken, the app will also issue an alert telling them when it is.

Lookout points out that its research showed that users a third of users did not regularly sync their phones, leaving data stored on the device at risk if lost.

Its app will protect at least part of that data by backing up the phone’s contacts list to its own servers. While Lookout's premium Android product also backs up photos and call history on top of contacts, its iOS offering lacks an equivalent.

The contacts backup is also done over the air, meaning users will not have to sync their devices.

The company plans to release more features this week to its iOS app later this week.

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