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Smartphone encryption boosted

Making Windows mobile devices safer

Safeboot, a mobile security specialist, has launched one of the first products that can transparently encrypt and decrypt data held on Windows mobile PDAs and smartphones.

Data Encryption and Secure Access Control for Windows Mobile is unusual in that it integrates with the device, and requires no user intervention other than a passphrase.

All data – including databases, appointments, and calendars – is scrambled and unscrambled without the user being aware it is happening. In addition, specified data folders and media cards added to the device can also be included in the profile.

Conventional PDA encryption systems usually need to be set up by the user on a device-and-file basis, in the style of a desktop or laptop.

If passphrases are forgotten, Safeboot has a facility whereby they can be reset via a web-based tool after passing through a challenge-and-response authentication system.

"A lot of information people used to carry around on PCs they now carry around on smartphones or pocket PCs," said Paul Parke of Safeboot.

"SafeBoot Device Encryption for Windows Mobile allows organisations to take advantage of the Smartphone and PDA revolution – without compromising the protection of their confidential information."

Whole-data encryption products are still thin on the ground for mobile devices. Safeboot has made its name by selling an equivalent product for desktop computers.

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