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Security Software...for Mobile Phones?

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, May 1, 2007

You worry about security on your personal computer…..what about your mobile phone? Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It may be the next big opportunity for companies that sell security software. As mobile phones get smarter and take on the chores of PCs….they become more vulnerable as well. At SMobile Systems, a company that is focused on mobile security software, CEO George Tuvell says…

"If you look at operating systems, advanced operating systems like Symbian, Windows Mobile, even Blackberry today, all of these devices have the ability to not only make voice calls but to connect to the Internet. And so what we're seeing is, with opening up the operating systems and allowing these devices to connect via WiFi, using RFID and these other technologies, it's opening up the gates, basically, for viruses and hackers."

SMobile is working with carriers such as Vodafone in Europe. It also sells VirusGuard for a variety of mobile devices online…for just under 30 dollars. A product called SMS Guard blocks SMS messages from unauthorized senders. It sells for about ten dollars. While there have been widespread attacks reported yet…Tuvell says…

"We haven't seen the multibillion dollar impact that we saw on the PC to date, but we are seeing the baby steps."

Especially, he says, in Asia and Europe. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.