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Linux to gain anti-virus software

Aug 20, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

McAfee has promised to help protect Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) running Moblin Linux from the dangers of the “open Internet.” The security software vendor has also promised to deliver encryption software to protect data on stolen laptops that run Linux on Atom processors.

According to a McAfee statement, “As MIDs rely on the open Internet to bring applications and services to people, they will be susceptible to similar security challenges as the PC.” The vendor promises to address the challenges by helping to “protect service providers and their subscribers from external threats.”

McAfee's MID products will specifically target Intel's Atom Z5xx-series (“Silverthorne”) processors for MIDs and other mobile devices. They will integrate with the Intel-sponsored Moblin 2.0 tools for low-powered, small-form factor mobile devices powered by Silverthorne processors.

Pankaj Kedia, director of ecosystems at Intel's “ultra mobility” group, stated, “Intel's low power technologies, in combination with McAfee's experience in security solutions, should enable a more robust and secure solution.”

No availability details or pricing was announced.

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