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Anti-Virus For ipad, Really Necessary?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Ultrimate, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. Ultrimate
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    One of the advantages of get apple products is that your in a virtual gated community, so I read somewhere, but anyway...

    I found some antivirus but it cost like 50 bucks.
    VirusBarrier – First Apple iPad Antivirus and Firewall

    dont know if it is really necessary as all i use it for is web surfing and emails some apps..

    I have 3 laptops that have windows Vista, with no anti virus, no adware, nothing, just used to surf the web and play stocks online, never had a prob., but I dont install anything on them nor DL anything; but those arnt my main puter (my main pc and LT run windows7 (64 bit on pc)) i have nod32 and adware and a bunch of other small programs to keep it safe.. They never had probs at all..

    has anybody got any anti virus for ipad, anything free out there?
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    Waste of money.
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    You should buy it and let us know how it works out for you.
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    I don't know what's worse, considering an anti-virus product on a closed platform or not having one on Windows Vista. Either way, this is a face palm moment.

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    I think the first part of that article will answer your question

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    A closed platform does not protect you 100% from viruses, trojans, identity theft, etc.. It helps a lot, but is no guarantee. When you jailbreak and go outside Apple for apps, you open up a LOT more opportunities to those doing malicious things.

    BTW - I haven't had a virus or malware on a PC in over 10 years. A lot of it has to do with common sense.
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    I would buy an antivirus solution if I planned on un-closing the platform. Otherwise, I'd leave it to Apple to to certify applications.
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    Yep, no Anti-Virus on my computer, and I never have issues. Occasionally I start up and scan with a malware tool but I've never been infected because I'm not a #$%#%ing moron.
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    So basically u guys are saying that i should only worry about getting antivirus only if I jb my iPad?
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    At this point, yes. If I start hearing news stories of hacker finding ways in, I might get more worried about it. There are some security concerns I have read about with the iPad, but so far not enough that I would get worried.
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    There could be ones that you wouldn't even know they were there.
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    In answer to the OP question..... No.
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    Then they are pointless because they aren't running as processes, slowing down the computer, giving away my information, are doing anything else of consequence.
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    You know... Anti-Virus software does NOT stop hackers.. If it did, it would be called Anti-Hacker. Any Website can have virus's, ad bots, or any other type of malware. Apple products are NO execption. Want proof: search US-cert .gov for Apple or IPAD, or IPHONE, or I whatever.... One HUGE problem with the large majority of Apple owners is arrogance that their stuff is 100% safe... They are the best targets :-D
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    So only arrogant folks will get hacked into? Is that your final answer?
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    There is no reason for a non jail broken iPad to run anti virus software. It's highly unlikely that anyone will be able to sneak a virus past apple App screeners.

    I would also expect iOS 5 to be able to auto remove an App just like it would auto install an App if Apple were to discover a virus or malware App snuck through...

    -t
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    Guaranteed?

    Interesting words used here..."absolutely" etc.
    As a reasonably new and happy iPad2 user, I hope you are right. I synch it to a PC which runs significant financial software and would not be without protection on that machine.
    Taking original, non jb-ed status as a given, is there any suggestion that Apple would guarantee immunity from malware?
    This is a genuine query.
    I also look forward to iOS 5 eagerly. Is there any potential for a guarantee there?
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    This conclusion makes totally no sense whatsoever.
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    Nobody would guarantee immunity from malware.

    The Archangel
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    Because of the ipad's sandboxing, a virus protection app is impossible.

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