Mobile Security: Another Hole To Plug

    Date21 Feb 2006
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    As companies grant more network and application access via handheld devices such as smart phones, securing the devices is moving up the priority list. That explains why McAfee last week started selling a $30 security platform for mobile devices that identifies and removes viruses, worms, and other malicious applications.

    Mobile devices are vulnerable to attacks because users usually aren't behind a firewall, says Stacey Quandt, an Aberdeen Group analyst. And many smart phones and PDAs now come standard with advanced functions, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Web-browsing capabilities, which make them more vulnerable.

    McAfee's VirusScan Mobile can scan files, instant messages, Internet downloads, and E-mail attachments for threats as they are received or sent. And it supports lower-end cell phones that don't have an operating system. Other mobile security packages are built around mobile operating systems.

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