BOSaNOVA Adds Antivirus, Biometeric Authentication to Thin Clients
iSeries thin client maker BOSaNOVA has bolstered the security of its products through the addition of antivirus scanning and biometric authentication, which were unveiled at the COMMON conference in
Windows XPe isn’t as susceptible to viruses as the full-blown Windows XP, but there is a risk of propagating viruses, Pladgeman explained at the COMMON show last week. Because thin clients don’t have a disk drive and use “disk on memory” technology that wipes away configuration changes made to the system, disk-less thin clients are practically immune from traditional viruses. The biggest threat involves using an XPe-based thin client that propagates viruses within a network, and in turn endangers other network-attached PCs running the full Windows versions.
Pladgeman considered putting Symantec’s Norton suite on the thin clients, but Norton’s large memory footprint made that unpractical. “Thin clients don’t require the same virus protection as a PC, therefore it is important that the antivirus software included should be the right fit for the environment,” he says.