NEWS FROM THE LAB - Friday, February 11, 2011

Nokia Windows Phone & Security Posted by Mikko @ 11:44 GMT

Nokia, Windows Phone 7Nokia announced today that they will adopt Windows Phone as the primary operating system for its future smart phones.

Coming from the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, this is a historic announcement.

While the vast majority of PC malware is written for Windows, Windows Phone 7 is a entirely different ballgame.

The security model of Windows Phone 7 is quite different from Windows XP/Vista/7/et cetera, and includes features such as Application Certification, Isolated Storage, and Application Isolation. For example, third party applications can not run in the background because of security concerns.

Windows Phone 7 and XBOX are the only Microsoft platforms where applications must be pre-approved by Microsoft before users can run them.

As a result, we don't expect any major mobile malware outbreaks just because of Nokia's partnership.