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

"PDAs are no longer immune to security threats," said Risto Siilasmaa,
President and CEO of F-Secure Corporation. "There's no way to predict
the next virus will occur, but when it does, F-Secure users receive the
antidote automatically and get the fastest possible protection for their

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 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 (

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
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
users who want reliable and easy anti-virus protection with update service
and support. "The results from our extensive beta testing program were
positive. 94 per cent of the trial users said that they had already
recommended the product to others or would recommended it if asked, " said
Mr Siilasmaa.

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