updated 09:50 am EDT, Mon May 5, 2008
McAfee for iPhone beta?
A beta version of a McAfee virus scanner for the iPhone and iPod touch has appeared online, according to reports. The application is named iVirusScan (iPhone link), and has allegedly been installed and uninstalled by a number of users. Users can analyze the contents of their handheld for malware, update their definitions, and adjust a variety of settings. The version number is listed as 1.0a07.
McAfee has not formally announced the project, but one user of iVirusScan claims to have received a message from a company spokesperson, Joris Evers.
"The application you blogged about is indeed a genuine McAfee project," Evers is said to have written in response to a question. "We are always working on new platforms including the popular ones. In this particular case we were running a test to validate some recently developed technology. We happen to be first to test AV technology for iPhone. We're happy that iPhone users are already getting excited about it, as evidenced by your blog and the thousands of people who are trying out the application. Still, we are not ready to announce a new product, our development work is in the early stages."