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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Rubyslippers, Jun 3, 2012.

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    Hi I'm new and would like to know of I need to have virus protection on my iPad ...Thanks
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    Due to the nature of iOS and the sandboxing of the apps, you do not require any virus protection.
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    Excuse the ignorance. With all the jail breaking does this allow access to code which may lead to hacker invasions?
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    What is sand boxing ?
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    1. Only if you're jailbroken, you'll need to worry about mallware.
    2. Sandboxing is restricting an app to what it can do and access. For example, it's not possible for any apps to browse the filesystem. Jailbreaking allows installation of apps that don't have any restrictions.

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    Sand boxing means that the various apps installed on your iPad work in isolation and don't interact with each other,except in very few circumstances such as listening to music when using other apps.This is why there are as yet,no known viruses that can infect a stock iPad.
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    Sandboxing is where each app runs in it's own little box and is restricted to what it has access to, for example a music player will only have access to your music files. It is why many apps cannot share files with other apps.

    So yes you are right you could get a virus/malware on a Jailbroken iPad, but because the apps are sandboxed, it shouldn't be able to infect iOS.

    Look at it this way, if there was a virus/malware problem in iOS then the app store would be flooded by expensive Anti Virus apps!
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    And then there's a chance of those "anti-virus" apps being trojans.

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    Somehow I think it would be pretty hard to slip a Trojan virus past the app store vetting process.
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    I meant if apps wouldn't be required to be sandboxed in the AppStore.

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    If you want non sandboxed apps on your iPad,then you'll have to use your jail broken one.I don't think that Apple will change it's policy on sandboxing apps anytime soon.
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    Thanks much for the reply
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    I know that, I was just saying.

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    Thanks for sharing this knowledge, I never knew the cause.
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    Have anyone heard about the new superworm? I heard it can target iOS devices.
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    If you are jailbroken, that might be the case. Not so on a stock iPad.
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    It sounds like iPad has us pretty much covered on virus protection. Is this correct?

    I am looking into buying an iPad. It has been on my wish list and I am here to learn more about the benefits of using the iPad.
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    Yes
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