Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Lost PDA's pose security risk

#133 A Smartphone or Wireless PDA carries vast amounts of data and has transformed the mobile work force, but if lost, it can also pose a serious security breach. We have discussed this issue in a previous post, "Smart handelds are dumb security risk"

The Washington Post reports that some companies have already taken measures to counteract that risk, such as adding layers of password protection, encryption and preventing sensitive corporate information from being downloaded. Wireless providers are also developing "neutron bombs" that can wipe out information on these devices at long distances so that a lost PDA doesn't amount to a catastrophic data loss.

As the working force relies more on portable devices to increase efficiency, manufacturers and developers are racing to keep pace with rising security issues
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