Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 Lock Screen Hack Secured with Lookout
Lookout Mobile provides a free fix for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 security issues that let others bypass the lock screen on popular Samsung devices even with a pass code lock turned on.
Last week we saw a Samsung Galaxy S3 vulnerability that let a malicious user gain full access to the smartphone, bypassing the lock screen. This vulnerability is a bigger issue that the first reported hack that would allow a user to see the home screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1.2 is vulnerable to this attack, but the recent version of Lookout Mobile allows users to plug the security hole without waiting for Samsung and carriers to push an update.
Lookout Mobile is a free security app that users can download form the Google Play Store. The latest version detects when the emergency dialer is sent to the background, the step that allows access to the Galaxy S3 without a pass code, and automatically brings it back to the front.
Download Lookout Mobile for free to protect the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
This small bit of monitoring prevents access to the Samsung Galaxy S4 home screen and prevents a malicious user from sneaking a peak at the Galaxy Note 2 home screen.
While not an official fix, it is a good idea to download Lookout Mobile to the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy Note 2 for the time being. In a blog post, Lookout Mobile says, An official device patch is expected from Samsung shortly, and we recommend that users update their devices as soon as the patch is released.”
Because the hack requires physical access to the smartphone, it is a good idea to keep your smartphone close at hand, and to not leave it sitting on a table or desk unattended.
In addition to patching this Galaxy S3 security hole, Lookout Mobile allows users to track down a lost or stolen Android device and protect themselves from Android malware.
The vulnerabilities come as Samsung is trying to make a big push into enterprise and business use, where security is very important.