ipad virus protection

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    I read in a post ipad does not need virus protection, which is cool, I am just wondering why that is. Is it because of no flash?
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    1) Because, as you note, the OS allows no non-signed code to be run.
    2) Because any app/process only has access to it's own dedicated memory and storage space (except pictures)
    3) Because of obscurity (for now)

    There are bugs in all software,and I cincerely hope that as the iPad becomes ever more popular, it doesn't attract ever more hackers searching for and exploiting those bugs.
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    what about e-mail worms or something like that...or someone traps a popular webpage...how does it keep those out...does that have to do with code as well?
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    Seeing it is really the same as as iPhone or iPod, I don't think you can chalk it up to obscurity. But unless you jailbreak, the only way to get executables onto it is via iTunes from the appStore, and they know what they have.
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    All a virus is is a program that is running on your device or computer. It may come from a website or corrupted PDF originally, but the program could only do any damage if it is running on your device.. In the end, it is "just" a program.

    Well, with an iPad or iPhone - that is exactly what Apple fiercely controls.

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