Overkill for Your Handheld?

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-05-14 Print this article Print

It makes sense that hackers would go after data stored on handheld devices.

It makes sense that hackers would go after data stored on handheld devices. Besides all the contact information, its likely that confidential business notes and a plethora of personal information are also stored in these devices.

However, judging by the number of "threats" screened during my tests of Symantecs AntiVirus 2001 for Palm OS—just three—it appears hackers are leaving the little guys alone for the moment.

Costing a hefty $39, Symantecs software uses a medium-size (in Palm terms) 50KB program to scan for viruses that may have come on board during synchronization or via an infrared transfer.

For now, IT managers are advised to forgo expensive anti-virus packages that protect relatively secure handheld devices.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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