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Protecting your smartphone gets easier with Lookout Security and Antivirus

Smartphone security today virtually offers the same benefits, irrespective of the OS. Many developers offer various protection services against virus, malware, etc. Norton, AGV & Quick Heal are some companies which have released their apps for security & protection. In that pool of apps is Lookout Security & Antivirus, which has been steadily climbing the list of popular security apps.

So what makes this app special? The answer is “simple”. Lookout is one of the easiest apps to use when it comes to smartphone security. A sleek design, smart features, & good malware support mean it has all the pieces of a solid Android and iOS security app. The Android ‘Start’ screen, for example, displays a dashboard with a ‘live’ activity feed, & shortcuts to features underneath. The activity feed gives updates like when the app last scanned your device for malware, or whether that last app you downloaded was safe. These nifty features come when you are loading bunch of apps on your smartphone. Lookout’s approach makes it clear that the app is working behind the scenes to keep your device safe.

Lookout’s iOS & Android app has 2 versions. The free version has limited functionality like anti-malware protection, backup of contacts, remote locate, & scream. The paid version costs US $2.99/month or $29.99/year. The paid version has 2GB of cloud storage to backup your photos & call history, a ‘Safe Browser’ feature that blocks malicious links it detects in the stock browser & Chrome, a privacy advisor for your apps, & remote lock & wipe. If you really can’t find your device, whether it was lost or stolen, the Premium remote wipe & lock features are far more important to have than remote locate & scream. Lookout lets you remotely lock, scream, or geolocate your device.   Enabling the better protection feature Lookout protects the devices from external attacks from GPS or WiFi. Lookout also emails you photos of a would-be thief taken with your device’s front facing camera, but only after an incorrect passcode has been entered 3 times. In the competitive space of mobile security, Lookout is set apart because of its features & services. There are many other apps such as Kaspersky or Bitdefender. But the reason to use this app is its simplicity. Lookout works in the background without bugging the user with notifications.

Click here to download Lookout on your Android device.

Click here to download Lookout on your iOS device.

Image Credit: Google play/Lookout
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Mustbin iOS app: Data storage & secure messaging service with end-to-end encryption

Capture, share, keep safe. These words describe this new iOS7 app ‘Mustbin’. The app lets you capture (using the cellphone camera), store & securely share important data, documents, images, videos, & everything in between. A recent update includes a secure & end-to-end encrypted messaging service, too.

The Mustbin messaging service, part of the app called Secure Messages, will securely & safely encrypt all your SMS & instant messages to other Mustbin users. These chaps claim it is equivalent to military-style encryption. Because it has end-to-end encryption, only the sender & recipient are able to see the messages.

Another new feature in the app is called Bin Sharing, which offers you a totally secure way to share photos & documents.

The core functionality of the app already allows users to create their personal Cloud with bins to categorize & store all captured data. For instance, you could have 1 bin for photos, another one for important documents such as credit cards, bank account information, social security number, etc.

The Bin Sharing feature additionally allows you to share the data or documents you have stored in these bins without actually having to send the recipient the data through electronic communication. All you have to do is select the bin you want to share & tap the people on your contact list with whom the bin is to be shared, & that’s it.

It’s an easy, fast & secure way to share & receive important data &/or photos with a private & small group of people.

Satyender Mahajan, Mustbin’s Chief Technology Officer has gone on record to say that Mustbin users are going to love using Secure Messages & Bin Sharing, knowing that every message they send & document & photo they share is completely private & secure.”

The Boston, MA-based Mustbin Inc. was founded in Dec 2012 by Brian Shin, who is also the founder & CEO of Visible Measures.

Mustbin also announced that it had raised another US $1.5 million in venture funding. The company had raised $4.5 million in Series A funding in Nov 2013, & another $1.4 million through debt financing when it was launched in Dec 2012.

Click here to download the Mustbin app on your iOS device.

Image Credit: Mustbin

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