antiviral program

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  1. terrym1941

    terrym1941 iPF Noob

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    I was wondering what would be the best antiviral program fot the ipad?
    would appreciate any suggestions. thankyou:confused:
     
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    col.bris Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome on board. You donot need any antivirus program for the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch so relax and enjoy.
     
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    KaiHD iPad Junkie

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    The same with any Mac, as long as you're careful. ;)

    PS. I'm a PC. Also, I suggest checking out the stickies in the various threads of this forum. There's always something new to learn at iPF.

    - Sent from my BRAND-NEW iPad 2! :D
     
  4. Tim SPRACKLEN

    Tim SPRACKLEN iPad Legend

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    Apple took the decision to 'sandbox' the programs (apps) in the iPad. This means that apps have only a very limited ability to interact - and this interaction is *absolutely* controlled by the operating system (iOS). So if you tried to write a 'virus' program for the iPad it would have no effect, because it couldn't interact with any other program or the operating system.

    That, inevitably, has other consequences and places restrictions on what programs can do. In Windows, for example, applications (programs) can interact and this can be very useful. So some (clever) programmers found a way to 'jail break' the iPad and remove this restriction (effectively 'jailbreaking' means your iPad can 'run' non-Apple approved apps from the Cydia website, where they make such non-approved apps available). They can now run 'unauthorised' apps on the iPad that 'take advantage' of the removal of this restriction. The downside - technically a 'jail broken' iPad could be vunerable to viruses.

    But don't worry - a 'regular' (non jail broken) iPad is not vunerable to any 'viruses' that a deviant programmer might write to 'infect' a jail broken iPad. So your IT manager need have no worries - if your iPads are not 'jailbroken' they are absolutely safe from viruses.

    Basically, if you accept the restrictions that Apple place on your iPad and don't jail break, you're completely safe - a virus cannot 'infect' you.

    Additionally, any 'app' that a normal (non-jail broken) iPad can download will have been thoroughly checked and approved by Apple, so could not contain any malevolent code...

    OK - I'll get 'hacked' by the iPad 'jail breakers' - sorry for the 'pun' but, basically, you're safe.

    Apple have a number of 'white papers' and other documents on their web site that address this issue if you'd like the links...

    Tim
     
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    Well that is a much more detailed explanation Thanks Tim sorry Super man.
     
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    SweetPoison iPad Legend

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    lol! Funny!
     
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    terrym1941 iPF Noob

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    Terrific- thankyou all
     
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