As we race toward the mobile utopia that includes full Internet access -- including HTML mail and full web browsing -- the growing fear that viruses, trojans, and all other manner of Internet baddies may soon interrupt our mobile joy may well have prompted Nokia to file this patent application. Unlike the firewalls found in PCs, Nokia's tool will live on the carrier's network and do its thing by setting up "secure pinholes" where data blessed as legitimate can pass through the front line and all else gets dumped. Hopefully if we ever see this type of tech put in place, users will be able to configure what they deem legitimate, and not what the provider sees fit to set for them.

[Via New Scientist Tech]

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Nokia submits patent application for mobile firewall