Passwords don't protect Palm data, security firm warns

    Date02 Mar 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    People who rely on passwords to keep strangers from poking through the data stored on their Palms actually have no protection at all, a network security company warns. In an alert posted Thursday, @Stake pointed to a back door in the . . . People who rely on passwords to keep strangers from poking through the data stored on their Palms actually have no protection at all, a network security company warns. In an alert posted Thursday, @Stake pointed to a back door in the Palm operating system that allows anyone with developer tools to access data on handhelds that have been "locked" with a password.

    If someone finds or steals a Palm, the owner's data is basically an open book. And the theft of mobile devices for their data is becoming more common.

    "This is the nail in the coffin of the notion that the Palm has any security for your data," said Chris Wysopal, director of research and development for Cambridge, Mass.-based @Stake.

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