Symantec announced the Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds line of consumer and enterprise solutions. Three products will protect Palm OS- and Microsoft Pocket PC-compatible devices against viruses, worms and other malicious code.
Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds will provide both real-time and on-demand scanning. In addition, Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds will also introduce LiveUpdate Wireless. This new feature will enable users with a wireless Internet connection to download virus definitions and Symantec product updates directly to their device over the Web.
The Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds line of consumer and enterprise solutions will include: Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds-Annual Service Edition, Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds-Corporate Edition, and Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds-Corporate Edition with Event and Configuration Manager. All three products are scheduled to be available for purchase in early September.
According to Gartner Dataquest, more than 20 million handheld computers have been sold during the past five years. Many of them are connecting with enterprise systems at work, while being used during off-hours to surf the public Internet and casually connect with other compatible devices. Yet, industry experts estimate that virus protection is on only one percent of these devices; the remaining 99 percent are unprotected. This places both enterprise environments and homes at risk.
Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds-Annual Service Edition is available for pre-order at Symantec's online store The product is scheduled to be available for purchase from retail stores and online retailers in early September 2003. The Annual Service Edition product will be offered as an annual, renewable subscription service to home users at an estimated retail price of US$39.95. This service will provide regular product updates as well as virus definition updates. When the annual subscription period ends and virus protection terminates, users will be able to renew their subscription to the service for the current renewal price of US$19.95.
Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds-Corporate Edition and Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds-Corporate Edition with Event and Configuration Manager is scheduled to be available at the end of August as a license to enterprise customers.
Some white papers on handheld security are available on the download link below.