Sophos is unveiling software for securing PDAs and smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile software.
Sophos Mobile Security, available for sale today, is designed to provide real-time protection for Windows Mobile 5.0 based devices against viruses and spyware threats. It's also set up to enable IT administrators to implement and lock down security policies for the devices, like PDAs and smartphones. Microsoft is expect to issue a new version of Windows Mobile, version 6.0, soon.
he OpenZaurus Project has released a new version of its Linux-based software stack for Sharp Zaurus PDAs. OpenZaurus 188.8.131.52 is based on a 2.6.16 Linux kernel, and includes some 13,000 "ready-to-install" packages. Nine Zaurus models are fully supported, while others can be updated selectively.
Major features of the new release include:
Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. unveiled a new smart phone on Tuesday, aiming to cement its leading position in the market ahead of the impending launch of the popular BlackBerry device in Japan.
Canada's Research in Motion said last month that it would bring the BlackBerry to Japan this autumn, potentially breathing new life into Japan's relatively small smart phone market while also causing headaches for entrenched players like Sharp.
Smart phone is a term referring to handsets with computer-like functions such as e-mail.
A third of professionals using mobile devices such as PDAs and smartphones don't use passwords or any other security protection and yet three out of ten of these users store their PIN numbers, passwords and other corporate information on them. That's according to The Mobile Usage Survey 2005, conducted for the fourth year by Pointsec Mobile Technologies and SC Magazine. The results are even more staggering considering the survey was conducted amongst IT professionals, who should be more knowledgeable about security than the average employee.
Handhelds aren't as open to attack by hackers and crackers as regular PCs are, but there are ways that Pocket PCs can be attacked.
In the latest issue of Insecure Magazine, Seth Fogie explores this topic extensively.
This article discusses essentially all the ways that a Pocket PC can be attacked, from viruses and trojan horses to DoS attacks.
Fogie is a VP at Airscanner, a company that makes anti-virus software for Pocket PCs.