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    Do i need an anti virus on my new ipad3

    Can any one please advise me I've just brought an ipad3 do I need an anti virus protection on it thanx very much

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    Do i need an anti virus on my new ipad3

    Quote Originally Posted by tezza32 View Post
    Can any one please advise me I've just brought an ipad3 do I need an anti virus protection on it thanx very much
    No. Your iPad cannot be infected by a virus or malware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thewitt

    No. Your iPad cannot be infected by a virus or malware.
    Okies thanx very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by thewitt View Post
    No. Your iPad cannot be infected by a virus or malware.
    OK....I always hear this but it begs the question, why can't it?
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    Do i need an anti virus on my new ipad3

    Actually it could be infected just like any electronic device. Now the likelihood of it happening is slim due to Apple's tight control on software. If you were to jail break your IPad, your chances of infection go up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini_mi
    Actually it could be infected just like any electronic device. Now the likelihood of it happening is slim due to Apple's tight control on software. If you were to jail break your IPad, your chances of infection go up.

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    It would be more correct to say that there is no virus that has yet been known to infect a stock iPad.
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    at the moment and it happen only days ago that my ipad 3 shows pop up advertisement for games whenever i play some of my regular games (such as big fish casino and clash of clans advertisement) i don't know how or why it happening but i installed some games before that ads showing up on my gtr racing game (clash of clans ad pop up about once every 3 or 4 races and i think thats too often since a race only takes about 20 seconds) and also during zombie cafe or pucca restaurant would show the big fish casino pop ups.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mini_mi View Post
    ...If you were to jail break your IPad, your chances of infection go up.
    Sorry, but I find this statement to be very misleading. Tell me please, in what way are all my devices at a higher risk of infection now, and infection from what exactly?
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    Do i need an anti virus on my new ipad3

    Ah, but those are ads that are built into the game itself. That's the developer doing that to you, not malicious code found "in the wild" on the Internet.

    Of course, it could be argued that it's the same (vicious code) - but still, it's two different things.

    As to why it would be difficult for the iPad to get a virus - it's because viruses, by definition, spread themselves by compromising program after program on a computer. However, on the iPad, apps can't talk to each other (other than to call forth one using the "Open In..." function). So, since the apps can't talk to each other, unless you specifically ask them to (by using the open function), they can't spread a virus amongst themselves. it's the [in]famous "sandbox" security that Apple has developed.

    Then, there is the fact that the only place to get apps is the App Store. Those apps are rigorously vetted to make sure they don't contain malicious code. Granted, one could slip through, but it would be rare (and probably quickly dealt with).

    Granted, those of us that jail break don't get our tweaks from the App Store, so there is a bit of "danger" there. However, as long as we stick to the trusted repositories and download only the tweaks that are from reputable coders, we're very safe. If jail breakers were to get malicious code from one of the trusted repositories, the community would be up in arms, same as if it happened at the App Store. So, I'm confident my iPad is just as secure as a stock one.

    Of course, if a jail breaker wanders off into the piracy related areas and starts downloading stuff willy-nilly, well then, he or she runs a much greater risk of contamination. But, since I don't like pirates (thieves) anyway - I'm okay with that.

    Again, as was said, this doesn't mean the iPad can't get a virus or malicious code. It just makes it very difficult. So, for now, we (stock owners and jail breakers alike) are pretty safe.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey330 View Post
    Ah, but those are ads that are built into the game itself. That's the developer doing that to you, not malicious code found "in the wild" on the Internet.

    Of course, it could be argued that it's the same (vicious code) - but still, it's two different things.

    As to why it would be difficult for the iPad to get a virus - it's because viruses, by definition, spread themselves by compromising program after program on a computer. However, on the iPad, apps can't talk to each other (other than to call forth one using the "Open In..." function). So, since the apps can't talk to each other, unless you specifically ask them to (by using the open function), they can't spread a virus amongst themselves. it's the [in]famous "sandbox" security that Apple has developed.

    Then, there is the fact that the only place to get apps is the App Store. Those apps are rigorously vetted to make sure they don't contain malicious code. Granted, one could slip through, but it would be rare (and probably quickly dealt with).

    Granted, those of us that jail break don't get our tweaks from the App Store, so there is a bit of "danger" there. However, as long as we stick to the trusted repositories and download only the tweaks that are from reputable coders, we're very safe. If jail breakers were to get malicious code from one of the trusted repositories, the community would be up in arms, same as if it happened at the App Store. So, I'm confident my iPad is just as secure as a stock one.

    Of course, if a jail breaker wanders off into the piracy related areas and starts downloading stuff willy-nilly, well then, he or she runs a much greater risk of contamination. But, since I don't like pirates (thieves) anyway - I'm okay with that.

    Again, as was said, this doesn't mean the iPad can't get a virus or malicious code. It just makes it very difficult. So, for now, we (stock owners and jail breakers alike) are pretty safe.



    There, probably more than you though you wanted, eh? Hope it helps/clarifies.

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