Lookout Mobile Security‘s Android apps can scan the apps on your mobile device for malware, spyware, data loss, or other security problems. Now the company is partnering with Verizon to offer protection before you even download an app.

Verizon is using Lookouts new Mobile Threat Network API with its V CAST Apps store. This means that any app you download from V CAST will have been scanned before you even look at it, and you don’t have to install any sort of security app on your device to benefit. That said, if a program is identified as containing malware after you’ve installed it, Lookout can alert you if you’re running the company’s mobile app on your device. I’m not sure that’s the case if you simply download an app from V CAST or another store using Lookout’s new API.

The Mobile Threat Network isn’t a Verizon exclusive. Lookout hopes to partner with other wireless carriers, app stores, and mobile industry companies as well.

Brad Linder

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