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PDA malware

Question: Are there specific viruses for PDAs? If so, how do they differ from regular viruses? 

 

Answer: Yes, as a matter of fact, there is quite a bit of malware affecting PDAs. Some of the more popular malware applications are the Palm_Liberty.A trojan and Phage.936 that affect the Palm OS. Things have been fairly quiet on the PDA malware front lately, but it's simply a matter of time before it becomes more a bigger issue. In general terms, the main difference between PDA viruses and regular computer viruses is that they are typically a little less malicious and aren't spread quite as easily. PDA malware can range from deleting data to stealing passwords to draining batteries. It's very important that if you synchronize your PDA with your computer, to be sure and have anti-virus software installed and maintained on both systems.

This was first published in June 2003

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