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Spyware on Pocket PC?

Think your Pocket PC or Smartphone is safe from Spyware? Apparantly it’s time to think again!

Spybot have just released Search and Destroy for Windows Mobile and Smartphone platforms.

Smartphone Screenshot

Spybot-S+D for Windows Mobile uses a lightweight version of the detection engine of Spybot-S+D for Windows to detect threats for Windows Mobile and Symbian both, the later because Bluetooth worms could spread over OS borders, and while they would not perform on an incompatible OS, they would still waste precious space on the device.

Spybot S+D for Windows Mobile is a free download from Spybot, but a donation is encouraged. Its available in both a PocketPC and Smartphone version., and can be installed directly to your device from their mobile download page.

While viruses for Symbian and Windows Mobile currently seem more like proof-of-concept studies, the Windows Mobile platform offers malware writers who already know Windows a very similar environment. Some may call it a hype, but that’s what people said about spyware 5 years ago as well, and our opinion is that it’s better to protect yourself before something happens than to do it afterwards.

Personally I think it’s a waste of time, but maybe it’s better to be prepared!

Matt

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