There is a bug in my Apple – Part 2

Intego announces first-ever iPhone malware scanner – really?

July 12, 2011 11:49 AM ET Gregg Keizer – COMPUTERWORLD

Follow up on my previous post on the new security flaw discovered in Apple’s iPhone and iPad – see

With impeccable timing, this morning Intego announded the availability of the “first-ever iPhone malware scanner”. Sure enough I went to the Apple Store and downloaded the VirusBarrier app in my iPhone and iPad. My test drive impressions: the app still leaves to the end user the responsibility to check the attachments rather than enforcing it. It is quite clunky and may provide a false sense of security: if you tap the attachment and then release the finger a little too early, you’ll end up opening up the attachment instead of scanning it(!) Probably safer – and cheaper – not to open pdf attachment in general. And as any other consumer app, there is no centralized IT management whatsoever: no reporting and no policy enforcement. One more thing: Apple is supposedly working with Adobe to address this vulnerability and will provide an update soon. At that point this app may become simply useless … but I guess this is one of those situations where “something is better than nothing” …

A few comments from a couple of Trend Micro’s experts:

Mark Bloom, Director – Director Product Marketing @ Trend Micro : “Usage or not, they [Intego] will get a lot of brand awareness out of this…..just for that value, it was worth the development effort.”

Patrick Wheeler, Sr Product Marketing Manager @ Trend Micro : “[… Apple iOS] antimalware matters, which puts us [Trend Micro] at an advantage over MDM-only vendors like MobileIron, Airwatch, and Symantec, and allows us to talk up the differentiation for our own antimalware we get from integration with SPN.”

Oops … there is a bug in my Apple!

The new security hole found in iPhones and iPads reminds us that no platform is immune to security threats and that there is in fact a need for mobile security software for Apple products.

Not so secure after allHere we go. As it turns out Apple mobile operating system is not so secure after all. While it is common perception that iPhones and iPads are so secure that they don’t even need antimalware software, the reality is that any piece of software is potentially defective and therefore vulnerable to attacks. And Apple is no exception as shown by the recent discovery of a new security flaw affecting Apple’s best selling devices. Even worse, previously discovered security issues in iOS were limited to a minority of jail-broken devices, where end users deliberately patch the standard operating system to escape Apple’s suffocating control on device and apps – see my beer side chat on YouTube at

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Consumerization Talks with Ken Dulaney, VP Gartner Research

“This is the fashion business, not the PC business … most of our clients today say if they were to have an auditor come in and audit them across all the technologies in use, that they would fail.”

The consumerization of IT will be the single most influential technology trend of this decade, says Gartner, and companies are already well aware of it as the wrestle with the growing influence of smartphones, tablets, social media, and on and on. And while this growth does bring risks, too many companies make the mistake of trying to stop all together the influx of consumer IT. What potential benefits can the consumerization of IT yield for your organization? Why is a strategic approach an imperative for attaining those benefits? And what risks will you have to contend with? Below is an excerpt of my recent conversation with Ken Dulaney, Vice President and distinguished analyst in Gartner Research. Ken answers these questions, and more importantly, reveals the solutions and best practices  to turn consumerization into a competitive advantage.

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One micro SIM for two Apples

How to share the AT&T iPhone 4  data plan with the new iPad 2 – legally.

After waiting patiently for almost three weeks, yesterday I finally received my shiny new iPad 2 GSM. Quite exciting stuff: stylish, light and easy to use as my iPhone 4 but with a keyboard the size I can actually use. And of course a much larger display that allows for a real web experience – rather than tiny ad hoc apps tweaked for the small screen. You may wonder why I decided to get the unlocked GSM version – improperly marketed as “AT&T” in the U.S. – when I could tether my iPhone over Bluetooth to get 3G connectivity on the go. Well, the reason is quite simple. AT&T charges an additional $240 per year for the privilege of using your iPhone as a broadband modem. Note that the same charge doesn’t apply if you tether any other device – such as a Symbian or an Android smartphone. But in reality this is not quite about the money. I just feel bad to be asked (forced?) to pay twice for the same service. AT&T data plans are capped anyway. The fact that I use one device as the “pipe” to pour data into a different one doesn’t affect in any way AT&T network load or costs. And because the iPad is not subsidized, there is really no other logical explanation for AT&T pricing practice if not their de facto monopoly in the 3G/GSM market in the U.S. – T-mobile, we miss you already.
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