McAfee Working on iPhone Virus Protection
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McAfee CEO, David DeWalt mentioned recently in New York that the company is working on an anti-virus software product for the iPhone.

Based on the huge popularity of the iPhone it seems that every software maker wants to develop an app for it.  Personally I can’t blame them, with tens of millions of iPhones in the marketplace there’s clearly lots of money to be made.

Symantec on the other hand is working on a product that will back-up critical iPhone data and make it accessible from a PC or the Web.  It is expected that the service will also provide anti-virus scans on the protected data.  Apple’s MobileMe iDisk performs a similar function by allowing you to easily store, access and share files online.

The iPhone is gradually making inroads into the corporate Smartphone market, currently dominated by Blackberry.  One of the issues slowing it’s progress is that some Network Administrators are hesitant to connect the iPhone to their secure corporate network.  One of the major gripes is the lack of encryption on the iPhone and also the inability of software vendors to access the list of sandboxed applications.  If McAfee can prove that their software will provide significant security improvement to the iPhone within a corporate environment this could improve the uptake of the iPhone within companies.

With over 1 Billion iPhone apps downloaded from the Apple App Store since it’s launch in July 2008 it makes sense that this will increase security threats and warrant the development of some sort of iPhone Virus Protection product.

McAfee has not yet given a date for the launch of the anti-virus software for the iPhone.


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