For background, Lookout’s web-based, cloud-connected applications for Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and most recently iOS devices help users from losing their phones and identifies and block threats on a consumer’s phone. Users simply download the software to a device, and it will act as a tracking application, data backup and a virus protector much like security software downloaded to a computer.
Lookout just raised $40 million in new funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners and Index Ventures and CEO John Hering told us then that the company was looking to move abroad.
As he explains, “Mobile threats don’t discriminate based on where you are. They tend to be global, affecting people around the world.” The company is partnering with Australian carrier Telstra, who will able able to download Lookout from within Telstra Aisle or by accessing the Telstra tab within the Android Market.
The Lookout Mobile Security app is powered by Lookout’s Mobile Threat Network, a cloud-based network which constantly analyzes global threat data to identify and quickly block new threats with over-the-air app updates. The Mobile Threat Network scans billions of apps a month and is the largest database of smartphone applications available
To-date, Lookout has identified and blocked more than 1,000 unique infected applications.
In the first of half of 2011, the number of unique apps with malware went from 80 to 400 In fact, in the last four months mobile malware instances have more than doubled reaching nearly 1000 infected apps – and it’s likely that some of this malware originated in Russia or China, but affected people worldwide.
Every day, Lookout blocks thousands of malicious links and has seen a doubling of malicious links blocked month over month as more people protect their phones. And Lookout’s data backup feature has backed up 6.5 billion contacts, with the app’s phone finder discovering 5 phones per minute.