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Lookout Mobile Ad Network Detector Android App Review


Apr 10th 2013 at 12:37pm by Wayne Tempel

Wayne Tempel

Wayne Tempel is a freelance writer who has contributed to many articles on the web. You can follow him on Flipboard.

Are you concerned about the apps that you have on your smartphone or tablet? Well, you should be. Do you wonder what ad networks are running on your device? Why do developers use ads in their apps? I’ll put it to you simply, money.


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Don’t get me wrong, the developer has earned the right to make some money from their apps. However, when it involves the invasion of the users’ privacy, then we have a problem. This is where the good people over at Lookout Mobile have released a very interesting app, it’s Ad Network Detector. This app will enable you to see which ad networks that are not only on your device, but it enables you to know their capabilities as well.



It’s been made clear that, sometimes apps access info for reasons that are not always so obvious. To have a better understanding and to ensure your privacy, Lookout’s new app will show you all of the information that the ad networks within the app on your device can obtain. Did you know that some ad networks will collect information from your device, without not only your consent, but your knowledge as well? This app will give you some leverage on what information from your device is being used.


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Once the app is downloaded and installed onto your device, run a scan to see which ad networks are on your device. A quick tap of the results entails which ad networks are on your device and another tap enables you to have a clear indication about how the ad networks within your app are collecting your information.



Lookout Mobile Ad Network Detector Does Deep Scanning



It also enables you to see which ad network displays an ad in your notification bar, which one can modify your browsers homepage, add icons to your homescreen, collect personal information, make a phone call, send a text and access your camera and photos.


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From there you have the ability to decide how to handle the situation at hand. It’s great to be able to have the user back in control of their own device. For anyone who has an Android smartphone or tablet, this is one app that I highly recommend. Yes, it’s free.


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