Finnish company F-Secure has brought out antivirus software for Microsoft's Pocket PC platform, even before any Pocket PC viruses have been found in the wild.
Matias Impiraara, handheld security manager of data security at F-Secure, said the point of creating the software before any threat had become apparent was so that PDA users could have almost immediate protection.
He said that predicting when a virus would occur was so uncertain, it is better to be ready now than wait until the inevitable happens.
"We don't want to create non-existent threats," said Impiraara. "I am happy to say that the situation is not critical at the moment."
He admitted that the software had been developed in response to customer concerns that the Pocket PC platform would be infested with viruses like other Microsoft products.
"Even if I don't mention the word 'anti-virus' in a presentation, people have that in mind. They believe there are going to be viruses around on the platform because it is Windows," he said.
Impiraara added that even when he explains that no Pocket PC viruses exist, people still want to buy AV software for their PDAs because they believe it is going to happen.
He said that until such a threat exists on the platform, they will continue to concentrate on file encryption software for PDAs.
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