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Remote data destruction for mobile phones

Virtuity : 06 November, 2008  (New Product)
Virtuity extends its stolen laptop protection appliance to the mobile phone markets enabling owners of stolen phones to disable the operating system and erase data remotely
In a move that would delight James Bond, British IT innovator Virtuity has released BackStopp Mobile which is designed to obliterate the contents of lost or stolen mobile phones and other hand held devices.

Should a phone be lost or stolen, BackStopp Mobile uses a mobile's own communications to track it down, almost anywhere in the world. Once the device has been traced, BackStopp sets to deleting all information that could prove of interest to villains of all descriptions. As soon as the data is wiped out BackStopp creates a report back at IHQ (or the office for most of us) detailing exactly what was erased, when, and can even pinpoint the location of the device.

While BackStopp might appeal to FBI and MI6 agents there is a serious reason for its existence. As with its sister tool for laptops, BackStopp recognises that mobile devices are increasingly carrying large quantities of sensitive information, both personal and commercial. That data is very likely to appeal to a whole raft of third parties, from crooks to competitors. BackStopp is designed to ensure that a negative situation is very quickly turned positive.

Virtuity cites an example of a hospital application being used to record patient treatment via a handheld device, bedside. With hospital security notoriously porous, these devices are often lost or stolen, complete with patient records. BackStopp locates the device using GSM and WiFi communications and deletes all the data and even the application if necessary to make absolutely sure the data is protected.

The initial BackStopp Mobile release supports all devices running on the Windows Mobile operating system which includes most devices where a business application is in use. Development work for devices running Nokia's Symbian O/S has started and will form the basis of the next release.

Just like Q, Virtuity's boffins have been busy. BackStopp Mobile comes just a couple of weeks after Virtuity announced a significant upgrade to its core laptop location tracking and data protection application to include encryption integration, Wireless and RFID integration, HR system integration, user controlled device downtime 'Vacation Holiday' and O/S destruction.
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