F-Secure provides Anti-Virus for Windows Mobile devices. But, why?
by Todd Ogasawara
for mobile devices (PDAs and Smartphones) running Microsoft Windows Mobile. But what, exactly, is it guarding against?
If I'm reading the press release correctly, it does not scan for a carried virus (a virus that attacks, for example, Microsoft Windows XP but does not affect Windows Mobile).
And, I am hard pressed to think of a virus/worm affecting Microsoft Windows Mobile that is in the wild (not a lab demonstration).
Even the malware affecting Symbian-based smartphones are not very virulent.
For example, security.itworld.com
interviewed Peter Firstbrook (Program Director at Meta Group)
earlier this year.
Here's one quote from Mr. Firstbrook:
Most viruses require gullible users to execute them. For example, the Cabir worm requires Bluetooth users to initiate an action not just once but twice or more. So the obvious advice is to not accept or execute code from an unknown source (similar advice our moms gave us years ago to not accept candy from strangers).
If someone from F-Secure would care to to enlighten me and other users of mobile devices based on Microsoft Windows Mobile, please do!
BTW, the press release dated Oct. 10, 2005, states support for Windows Mobile 2003 and 2003 Second Edition.
However, it does not say anything about supporting the current generation Windows Mobile 5 devices.
As a side-note, F-Secure has a website formatted for display on mobile devices at:
Know of any virus/worm/malware in the wild that targets Microsoft Windows Mobile devices?
With the standardization of mobile phone operating systems, the number of potential devices that can be infected increases with the same virus or worm.