lookout app actually needed?

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    i have the lookout app on my phone, but actually thinking about it, is it nessecary? i mean can our phone even get virus's? i havnt heard of one yet. correct me if im wrong...i just dont need a program on my phone taking up space if i dont need it.
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    I second this opinion. Resource hog.
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    If you only download from the market, don't download the day something is released, and watch the permissions carefully, you probably don't need the virus scanning yet, but it is pretty low overhead, and also gives you the ability to track a lost or stolen phone, and it is free.

    Alan
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    virus? eh, highly doubt it. a bug? maybe. ive downloaded a couple of bad apps that made my phone do a couple crazy things and once i unistalled the apps it would work fine.
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    Well Norton is crap on the PC so I wouldn't trust it with my phone.

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    there is no way in hell i would install norton on my droid..norton takes over a dang computer, i cant imagine it on a phone
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    I think that is why they are doing it - is SO that we won't install it cause it really isn't needed...
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    I deleted lookout after months of use, I don't think it was doing anything, it would scan an app...after it installed, which is a little late, in fact lookout put out a news release not long ago about a study they were doing and how much personal information other applications were requiring from users and what I believe is, it would scan an app after it installed (defeating the antivirus purpose) and gain information from said scanned app and then use that information for their study, soon after I read the news release, I uninstalled the app...IMO Useless....and as far as tracking your device in case of loss or theft, Mobile Defense as a system/app works great
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    Is that still on the Market? I seem to have it, but I can't find the app in my app drawer.
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    If you have it installed as a system/app the icon gets hidden from your app drawer so would be thieves and criminals might not catch on so easy

    Check in Root Explorer/system/app/mobiledefense.apk

    On 2.2 you can also look in settings/manage applications/all and you should see the icon in the list
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    Thanks, I did find it there and in my Downloads. In Downloads I didn't have a "Open" option so what you said must be the reason for that.

    Something interesting about Lookout. I get a weekly email and it said it handled a security incident on 8/2, but it won't tell me what it was.
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    way to close to the equator for my taste...
    I say no :)
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    i use the missing device feature to track the wife
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    I don't think these phones really need an antivirus, but thats my opinion. Also, I know everyone hates norton, but I have never had a problem with Norton on my PC's and it has stopped several intrusion attacks from email crap that gets sent to me and such, and it doesn't slow my computer down... maybe I am just a lucky one? I have used it for years and bought new laptops and desktops, and after running the software that came with the computer, I always go back to the norton and never notice a performance issue. personal preference I guess... I have had more problems with Vista without and with norton than I have with norton itself on any of the computers I have used it on, but THAT is a whole nother issue not for this forum... lol dancedroid
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    I'm curious about this ;) but I wont ask...


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    I have yet to have lookout tell me one of the apps i've downloaded was poisoned... then again, i do a lot of web surfing and I have yet to get a virus alert xD... Although, i'm a careful web surfer. If the address on a google search link doesn't look legit, I don't click. Most of the time my friends don't get to touch my computer either

    Back to lookout, the only reason I have it is to find my missing phone that may be set to silent...

    As an added bonus, I have a lookout story for you... At school (i'm going into 10th grade) someone wanted to use my phone to look up a picture to show someone on facebook (which is blocked on the school computers). After about 5 minutes, I said that I wanted my phone back, and I also said "last warning"... next thing I did was login to Lookout, and set it to scream. You can imagine what two teenage girls did when the phone they were using started to sound like the cops were closing in... dancedroid
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    kind of a dumb question... but how do you get the phone to stop "screaming"?
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    Pull the Battery
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