F-Secure Offers Full On-Device Anti-Virus Protection for Palms

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 7 /PRNewswire/ — F-Secure, a leading provider of security for mobile, distributed enterprises, today announced the release of its second generation anti-virus product and service for the Palm OS. F-Secure Anti-Virus for Palm OS provides protection against any known malware (viruses, trojans, etc.) on the Palm platform. The product offers on-device protection with continuous, automatic update service and technical support. It supports all Palm OS devices with OS 2.0 or later.

“PDAs are no longer immune to security threats,” said Chris Vargas, President of F-Secure Corporation. “There’s no way to predict when the next virus will occur, but when it does, F-Secure users receive the antidote automatically and get the fastest possible protection for their devices.”

F-Secure Anti-Virus for Palm OS runs locally on the device, providing protection that is always available. The product automatically scans and detects all known malware after HotSync. The scanning can also be manually invoked. Additionally, the scan engine is fast, which is essential for a convenient and transparent user experience.

The application has an always up-to-date anti-virus database automatically pushed to the host PC and to the handheld at HotSync. The update system is totally transparent to the user. The product is available immediately through F-Secure eStore at www.F-Secure.com. The product will also be available at major Palm software websites later in March. Price of a single license is 25.00 USD including the update service for the first year. During the launch period until April 14th the product is offered at a special price of 15 USD. Corporate customers who want to purchase a larger number of licenses can contact F-Secure directly (wireless-sales@F-Secure.com).

F-Secure believes that the only way to provide full protection is to have the application running on the device. Anti-virus solutions that run on the host PC and scan files, which are sent into the PDA, cannot protect the device from malware received by beaming and other means of data transfer.

Customer demand is for complete anti-virus solutions also on the Palm platform. The primary audience will be any active Palm users and corporate users who want reliable and easy anti-virus protection with update service and support. “The results from our extensive beta testing program were very positive. Ninety-four per cent of the trial users said that they had already recommended the product to others or would recommended it if asked,” said Mr. Vargas.

About F-Secure Corporation

F-Secure Corporation is a leading provider of centrally managed security for today’s mobile, wireless enterprise. The company offers a full range of award-winning, integrated anti-virus, file encryption, distributed firewall and VPN solutions for workstations, servers, gateways and mobile devices. F-Secure products are uniquely suited for delivery of Security as a Service(TM) which provides invisible, reliable, always-on, and up-to-date security for the most widely distributed user base. Whether provided by corporate IT or delivered by service providers, F-Secure solutions extend policy-based security and instant alerts to all devices where information is created, stored or accessed. Founded in 1988, F-Secure Corporation is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange (Finland: FSC). The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland with North American headquarters in San Jose, California, as well as offices worldwide.

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