McAfee, Symantec developing for iPhone

Security software companies McAfee and Symantec are both developing products for the iPhone, according to a new report. Speaking with Reuters, McAfee CEO Dave DeWalt said the company was working on security software for both the iPhone and Mac, which he described as “a much more comprehensive suite for the Apple family.” DeWalt did not say when the software might be ready for release, or how such software, which normally requires more access to system files than iPhone applications are currently allowed, would be distributed.

Also well known for its security software, McAffe rival Symantec is instead working on a MobileMe-like backup service for the iPhone. Symantec Senior Vice President Rowan Trollope said the service would protect data on the iPhone and allow users to use the device to access information stored on their home computers or on the web, adding that although the company closely monitors iPhone security issues, it has no plans to introduce any security products at this time.

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