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Symantec updates mobile antivirus

Added protection for Windows smartphones

Symantec has announced an updated version of its Mobile AntiVirus software to protect Windows-based smart phones.

The enterprise version of Mobile AntiVirus for Windows Mobile 5.0, which supports Symantec's LiveUpdate via cellular service, includes a management console that can report device activity and schedule scanning and updates, according to Tim Boyd, product marketing manager.

However, the Mobile AntiVirus 4.0 is a separate management console from that used with Symantec's desktop antivirus products, a problem Symantec hopes to resolve in future releases, said Boyd.

"It's a matter of scheduling to pull these consoles together," he noted, adding that it won't be especially hard to combine the XML-based report files from the Mobile AniVirus console with Symantec's management system for the desktop.

Also, unlike Symantec's desktop antivirus which includes antispyware functionality, the Mobile AntiVirus 4.0 software is very limited in that regard, Boyd acknowledged. Today, viruses are rare for smartphones, said Boyd, but the concern is that the market success of the latest generation of Windows-based mobile devices will spur interest in some devising viruses for them.

"Those people can easily migrate those over to the mobile platform," said Boyd. Next year Symantec plans to add additional capabilities, including a firewall, for its mobile-security product line.


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