Ipad and viruses

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

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    What is protecting our iPads from viruses, etc.?
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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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    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?
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    Internet Danny.
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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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    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.
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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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    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.
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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.
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    Since iOS and MacOS are Linux based/Unix Based....you are safe from Virus.
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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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    Which IS a port of Linux....a very EARLY port of it. :p
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    I'm sorry, but that is kind of nonsense. There have been several apps that have been sneaked into the App Store with hidden features that Apple completely missed. So they obviously don't do too much testing and checking. The reason that someone hasn't tried an attack from the App Store is that first of all you have to register with Apple and second Apple would pull the App before it was able to infect that many devices.

    Also, every jailbreak is a virus basically, so there ARE exploits, the last one being a PDF exploit if I am not mistaken, which means that someone could have easily downloaded an infected PDF if someone were inclined to make it.
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    lol
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    lol .. I don't think that is true though. BSD is an extension of UNIX and in fact it is quite a bit older than Linux. Part of the reason Linux was created was because people were tired of waiting for a BSD solution that would run on x86 hardware. BSD has been around since the 1970's. Linux wasn't even conceived at that time and the first Linux kernel was released in the early 1990's.
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