BOFFINS AT the company which prides itself on its security excellence, Microsoft, are working out ways of keeping Apple's iPod users from plugging into networks.
The Vole is developing more ways to prevent owners of the reassuringly expensive juke boxes using their designer toys to nick data.
According to Associated Press reports, the new technology will be one of the few new things that will appear in Shorthorn which is set to appear in 2006.
But, Microsoft claims, companies are very worried that as devices such as Apple iPods become capable of holding more data, they could be used to steal data or unleash virus attacks on business networks.
What the Shorthorn designers want is to have a system where people can use devices that help them in their work - such as a smart phone full of professional contacts - but not storage devices that could be used to quickly steal data.
Apparently there is an early version of this technology in SP2, which does something similar. Not that anyone seems to have noticed. If it had been effective not only eye pods but USB storeage devices would have been affected and then there would be rioting in the IT streets.