PALM & OTHERS FACE VIRUS THREAT.Popular handheld electronic devices, like Palm, may soon face the same virus attacks that millions of personal computers confront each year, a leading Finnish anti-virus group said recently. The potential threat to handheld devices, or personal digital assistants (PDAs), was reinforced last week when a virus-like program, known as a Trojan A program that appears legitimate, but performs some illicit activity when it is run. It may be used to locate password information or make the system more vulnerable to future entry or simply destroy programs or data on the hard disk. , was accidentally released and believed to have infected in·fect
tr.v. in·fect·ed, in·fect·ing, in·fects
1. To contaminate with a pathogenic microorganism or agent.
2. To communicate a pathogen or disease to.
3. To invade and produce infection in. handheld devices.
Last week a Swedish software developer "accidentally" released a virus known as "Liberty Crack" which enters handheld devices such as Palm style computers, destroying various types of programs. The more people that transfer games or other programs from or to a palm device the more widespread the virus becomes.
Several anti-virus companies have begun to scramble To encode (encrypt) data in order to make it indecipherable without having a secret key to "unlock" it. The term came from the early days of cryptography which camouflaged analog transmissions with secret frequency patterns. in an effort to clean palm computer operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. of the virus. With the expected growth in handheld devices this issue will become more crucial, especially for companies that have a large number of employees using such devices from U.S. Palm, Microsoft Corp., Handspring hand·spring
A gymnastic feat in which the body is flipped completely forward or backward from an upright position, landing first on the hands and then on the feet. or other firms.