Ipad and viruses

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by TFarmer, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. TFarmer

    TFarmer iPF Novice

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    What is protecting our iPads from viruses, etc.?
     
  2. Dannyboy85

    Dannyboy85 iPad Junkie

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    Apple is by checking and testing each app before you can load it on your iPad. Unlike a pc where it is up to you to ensure the safety of your device.
     
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    SweetPoison iPad Legend

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    But Danny ~ there are other places to get a virus, like certain websites. Right? Or not....:(

    How come the iPad never seems to get one?
     
  4. TFarmer

    TFarmer iPF Novice

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    Internet Danny.
     
  5. Dannyboy85

    Dannyboy85 iPad Junkie

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    Yes but think...what can you download from the Internet? Nothing.... Maybe a PDF that is stored within the iBooks app...or a picture that is within the photo app.... It's all away from the iOS so it's never tweaked like Windows can be.:D
     
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  6. mwhartman

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    I may be wrong but the iPhone has not had issues with virus's and the OS are the same. Perhaps someday this may be an issue but I agree with Danny, for now we are OK.
     
  7. iDan

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    Apple has done a great job to ensure safari (the internet browser) doesn't have any security holes.
     
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    Seadog Super Moderator Staff Member

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    My understanding is that Safari is full of vulnerabilities, but is not a target. The conundrum of computers. Until it becomes a target, it is hard to know where the holes are and how to fix them.
     
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    I doubt any sane person would say that such and such is not vulnerable. The open source community believe that since the code is open it is less vulnerable. That said, I do not believe that Safari or mobil Safari are open source. Finally, for some reason the hacking community still views the Windows environment as the place to hack.
     
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    If the ipad is safe from virus then how have
    I suddenly had a web site net161.Co.CC[/url] spring up telling me that I am infected? Options given were cancel or return to security tool & download it. Opted for cancel .... too frightened to risk otherwise! What should I do?
     
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    It's one of those fake virus sites that try to get you to download their software.
    Google is your friend :) Google it.
     
  12. mwhartman

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    My sense is that the site is "phising" and wants you to download their "security tool" that will resolve your issue, which I expect is nonexistent.
     
  13. Digikid

    Digikid iPad Junkie

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    Since iOS and MacOS are Linux based/Unix Based....you are safe from Virus.
     
  14. DaveSt

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    They are actually BSD based, nothing Linux about them. Give credit where it is due :)

    You are safe for now, but one of these days everybody's perfect world is going to come crashing down. These OS's are not impervious to virus attacks, but we have been lucky so far not to be targeted.
     
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    I believe that is true. As Apple takes a bigger market share, I think more bad guys will develop viruses that affect us. Hope not, though.
     

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