Symantec, the software giant that offers Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, and other Windows and Mac security programs, has its collective eye on Android according to an article at CNN Money.
Linux has functioned as a sort of safe house for people tired of running background apps that can, at times, seem to be more of a hassle than a virus - especially when running a bloated operating system. Although GNU/Linux is probably most often the virus writer's OS of choice, a rising profile could lead to a greater incentive for attack.
Android falls under the Linux umbrella, and might result in greater Linux popularity and adoption. That is, if the Android netbook truly is around the corner, as we're often told. If so, Symantec will be watching and looking for a potential market there.
This story probably would have passed me by if it were about McAfee or another security company's suite. I used Norton for many years because I liked the software, but I had no special attraction to Symantec. At least not before I started watching the World Poker Tour.
Fans of the WPT know that
the founder an initial employee of Symantec, Barry Greenstein, is a brilliant poker player. Hard core Poker Tour junkies know that he dedicates millions of dollars to charity each year. In fact, nearly every penny of the millions he earns with his brilliant play and seemingly cavalier - if not bored (!) - table persona goes to the needy; mostly children. And he wins a lot.
So aside from the excellent but heavy software the company produces, the mention of Symantec will always cause me to think of a great man who has done some important work for society as a whole. And it certainly merits a tip of the hat, regardless of context.
Via Android Community