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Next generation of strong security launched for Pocket PCs - a dead-end for hackers - a dream for users

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Next generation of strong security launched for Pocket PCs - a dead-end for hackers - a dream for users A mobile security product designed to revolutionize the way people use secure PDAs has been launched today by Pointsec Mobile Technologies, a global leader in enterprise security software for laptops, desktops and PDAs. Pointsec® for Pocket PC 2.0, which is aimed at the Microsoft® Pocket PC 2002 operating systems, will allow users for the first time to enjoy automatic, real-time encryption of all data on their PDAs using Microsoft Outlook E-mail, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Pocket Word and more. It even takes care of secure storage on all removable media such as MicroDrives, MultiMedia Cards (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) cards, and Compact Flash (CF) cards so that all data stored will be automatically encrypted without user intervention. This innovative technology heralds a new era of convenience and security for handheld computing devices, no longer slowing them down or making them inconvenient to use. There is no longer any excuse for avoiding security software on PDAs - something that used to make them an easy target for hackers. Once installed from a central location, the user will never be able to circumvent security. Unlike any other security products for Pocket PC, Pointsec for Pocket PC only decrypts the information users need as they need it, maximizing performance, security and precious battery life - and setting it apart from all other competitors. Pointsec invested a great deal of time and money in researching exactly what users want when it comes to security for their handheld devices. The company concluded that transparency, ease of use, and reliability are crucial to users. Pointsec is confident that Pointsec for Pocket PC 2.0 will be very much welcomed by both users and organizations needing a centralized and comprehensive security solution that provides enforceable mandatory access control and full mobile data encryption using AES with 128-bit key length. Pointsec has also incorporated its exclusive PicturePIN(TM) and QuickPIN(TM) authentication as an alternative to traditional alphanumeric login passwords. Picture-based login codes are much easier to remember and far more user-friendly for mobile devices with small screens and hard-to-use mini-keyboards. - Pointsec for Pocket PC 2.0 is a major step forward in PDA security. Now the organization's data is encrypted 'on the fly', transparently and with no noticeable performance penalty. Unlike most other products that take several minutes to decrypt data after authentication, Pointsec for Pocket PC 2.0 makes data available instantly. Users save not only time but battery power as well, said Peter Larsson, president of Pointsec Mobile Technologies. All in all, Pointsec for Pocket PC provides the most complete, integrated mobile security solution on the market. As organizations and their employees continue to access and store increasing amounts of sensitive, mission-critical data on handheld devices, Pointsec for Pocket PC becomes an indispensable component in an enterprise's security efforts. Key features of the new Pointsec® for Pocket PC 2.0 include: · Real-time Encryption - Automatic encryption of data as it is saved in Pocket PC's original My Documents folder and other folders, as well as encrypting Microsoft Outlook data (for example, E-mail, Calendar and Contacts) with no noticeable decrease in speed or performance. · Removable Media Encryption - Including CF, SC, MMC, and MicroDrive media. · Unencrypted Media Policy - Another new feature that enables organizations to allow or disallow the use of unencrypted removable media. · Enforceable Mandatory Access Control - Prevents illicit use of the device and prevents an authorized user from uninstalling the security software. · PicturePIN(TM) Authentication - Login codes consisting of symbol sets (pictures), making login PINs easy to remember. · QuickPIN(TM) Authentication - A shorter version of PicturePIN which allows quick yet secure access to a PDA that has recently entered 'sleep' mode. · Alphanumeric Password - A new feature that allows an alphanumeric transition to PicturePIN passwords. Central management supports switchover to PicturePIN at any time. · Central Management - Administrators can deploy and update their organization's security policy, deploy software updates, and provide remote help to PDAs from a central location. · User Account Lockout - The number of failed user login attempts allowed before account lockout is set by the administrator and can be centrally managed. · Remote Help - Even without access to a network, users can in a secure way get remote help to unlock their device, regain access, and reset their password by contacting their help desk. · XTNDConnect Server Manageable - Pointsec for Pocket PC can be deployed and updated via the XTNDConnect server from Extended Systems. Pointsec for Pocket PC 2.0, available in Q4, can be purchased directly from Pointsec via the company's extensive network of sales offices in the United States and Europe, and via its distributors in Japan. For more information about Pointsec for Pocket PC 2.0, or any of Pointsec's other robust security software for desktop and mobile computing environments, log on to www.pointsec.com. Pictures for downloading can be found on www.protectdata.com and www.pointsec.com For further information, please contact: Peter Larsson, President, Pointsec Mobile Technologies, tel. +46(0)8-459 54 91 alt. +46(0)708-32 72 68 Pointsec Mobile Technologies AB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Protect Data AB. The company develops and markets access-controlling and encrypting systems for stationary and portable computers, palmtop computers, WAP telephones, etc. Pointsec Mobile Technologies has 47 employees and offices in San Francisco, New York and Chicago in the USA, Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and Stockholm, Falun and Sundsvall in Sweden. Visit our website at: www.pointsec.com Protect Data AB is a Group offering tailor-made IT security solutions to large companies and organisations. The company is focusing on four business areas: digital identities and resource security, network security, anti-virus and content security, and consultancy services for information security. Within these areas, the company offers comprehensive IT security solutions based on aspects such as access control and encryption systems, anti-virus systems, digital sentry services, firewalls, user identification and content control, secure VPN and PKI solutions, digital signatures and systems for secure transactions. Protect Data is the market leader in its business area in the Nordic region and has subsidiaries in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the USA. Protect Data has approximately 100 employees and is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. 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