The world's first fully automatic file encryption product for the Symbian platform
Helsinki, May 31, 2001 - F-Secure Corporation today introduced F-Secure
FileCrypto for Symbian OS, a file encryption application for encrypting
information stored in handheld devices. The product provides the strongest
available protection against unauthorized access to data in devices using
the Symbian OS, a software platform for next generation mobile phones.
Hundreds of thousands of phones and handheld devices are lost or stolen
this year alone. When this happens, the stored information is at risk of
being disclosed. Unauthorised persons may have tools to read unprotected
data directly from the device even when the screen lock is in use, and
information on memory cards can usually be accessed with any compatible
device. Installing a file encryption application on all devices is the only
way to ensure that company information is always protected.
F-Secure FileCrypto for Symbian OS is the world's first fully automatic
file encryption product for the Symbian operating system. Symbian's
licensees include Ericsson, Kenwood, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Psion,
Sanyo, Siemens and Sony.
F-Secure FileCrypto for Symbian OS is totally transparent in use. The
application automatically encrypts all selected information before storing
and decrypts the files again when they are opened, without any need for
user intervention. With F-Secure FileCrypto for Symbian OS, confidential
information in the memory of the handheld terminal is never stored in a
readable form. The application also encrypts all data on external memory
cards and it can be used to compress the encrypted files to save memory
Ilkka Starck, Vice President of Wireless Security Solutions at F-Secure
Corporation said, "Symbian-based devices support many business applications
that may require storing confidential corporate information to the device
memory. From the security point of view, these wireless devices are just
like laptops, only more personal and easier to lose. Our corporate
customers have indicated a clear demand to secure the stored data in their
handheld devices with reliable encryption solutions. Introducing this new
product for the Symbian platform is an important part of our product
portfolio of content security applications for wireless devices."
F-Secure FileCrypto for Symbian OS was introduced in the on-going Symbian
WID Summit in London, where it is being demonstrated with Symbian's Crystal
reference design on Symbian platform version 6.0. Commercial versions of
the product and equivalent products for other Symbian reference designs
will be introduced, as new products using the Symbian OS become available.
The Symbian WID Summit is an exhibition where Symbian Technology Partners
present their latest technologies to the Symbian Community and a forum
where delegates can gather the most up to date information on the latest
technologies being made available for the Symbian Platform.
F-Secure is a member of Symbian's Embedded Technology Partner program.
Symbian's Embedded Technology Partner program offers leading technology
specialists the opportunity to work closely with Symbian in developing
enabling technologies and engage in co-marketing campaigns, thus adding
value to the Symbian platform. Symbian will also assist Technology Partners
in engaging directly with Symbian's licensees, enabling rapid
time-to-market for a wide range of smartphones and communicators.
For more information, please contact:
Matias Impivaara, Manager, Product Marketing,
Wireless Security Solutions
PL 24 FIN-00181 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 9 2520 5318
GSM +358 40 723 6677
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