Symantec has released of public beta for the world’s first anti-virus technology that scans applications on the Palm device. The new security technology is designed to protect against attacks by viruses, worms or trojan horses.
“The first known trojan horse for the Palm OS, Palm.Liberty.A, demonstrated that handheld devices are susceptible to attacks,” said Ron Moritz, Symantec’s chief technical officer.
This preview solution scans all applications in the Palm and checks for the presence of a virus. Upon detection, it will prompt the user to remove the virus. It can also automatically update virus definitions.
The new technology incorporates Symantec’s anti-virus engine, which has been re-engineered to run efficiently on handheld devices. This ensures that data is protected between synchronizations, which is important when transferring applications through the infrared port or downloading files through a wireless Internet connection.