Secure Transactions on iPad

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  1. RAC

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    I am a bit reluctant to undertake credit card or internet banking transactions on the iPad due to the lack of virus protection.
    What's the general opinion on this subject?
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    I have yet to access my on line banking on here. Too paranoid, I suppose.

    Having said that ~

    I know folks that have had their bank accounts compromised, credit cards hacked and their iTunes account tapped into.

    All on their computers. They don't even have an iPad.
     
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    I think that there may have been a significant a iTunes fraud a couple of months ago. I was caught (I got my money back :D), and I saw many similar reports about the same time. I hadn't used the iTunes account for at least a year so I don't think it was a PC security issue.
     
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    Viruses aren't really the issue with making secure transactions on your iPad. As long as the website is secure, you should be OK. I admit that doing transactions online takes a "leap of faith", but I have been doing it for years and so far (knock wood) have suffered no ill effects. Instead of writing 25-30 checks a month, I now write 2 or maybe 3... maybe. I also check my bank account every day to look for unauthorized transactions.

    I don't happen to use my iPad for this, but I would have no problems doing so. One day for "shitums" and giggles, I went to the American Express website on my iPad and I couldn't pay my bill there even if I wanted to -- it is Flash based!
     
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    By secure web site do you mean https:// ?

    By the way, I might write out a cheque once a year. It's usually quite difficult to find the cheque book.
     
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    There isn't any virus protection because there aren't any viruses written for the iPad.

    Your iPad should be fine unless you jailbreak it, then security is questionable.
     
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    For Real? I didn't know this. Interesting.

    So ~

    What is erased or compromised after JB?
     
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    I don't think jail breaking itself erases or compromises the iPad. It just opens it up more then a stock iPad, which could lead to security issues.

    But I work in the infosec field, so I am more paranoid then most people.

    I have jailbreaked my iPad, but I do not access my bank accounts with it.
     
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    i have use a prepaid debt card to buy things and when i need to reload the card as it need from going to a walmart store ..it a little bit of a pain in the butt but it works for me .

    i buy a lot of items on line useing a prepaid debt card set up and i never been hurt doing that style of useing a credit card..i load the basic amount onto the card and i use it to buy the items i want here and there ..
     
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    Good to know ~ thanks for the advice. IF I ever JB, I will remember this.
     
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    Yet. Give it time.

    If jailbreakme.com can jailbreak your iDevice over the web (and I am thankful that it is so convenient), the same flaws should open it up to other attacks.

    I don't work in info security, but logic suggests that it is possible. Jailbreaking may open up some holes, but if you change the root pw, it probably closes some too.

    Chris
     

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