Virus question

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by nytngale, May 15, 2010.

  1. nytngale

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    I have, what may be a relatively stupid question. Being relatively new to Apple products, save my iPod, I was wondering if there is something I should be doing to protect my iPad from potential virus threat. I received my iPad a little over a week ago and it has become my primary device for net surfing, videos, email, music and reading -love having everything in one device. My laptop is only used for work stuff now. The iPad doesn't appear to have any virus protection installed. Is this device at risk? Should I be doing something to protect it? I would go through some serious withdrawal if I had to give it up. TIA
     
  2. Bremen

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    In a word, no.

    I have been online since 1984, used windows since 1994, never used virus protection, and never had a virus. I sure am not worried about it on the iPad.

    If you even come across some snake oil salesman with iPad virus protection, I would run the other way.
     
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    Thanks for the info - you have eased my mind. I have had one virus experience on my Windows machine despite virus protection which was most unpleasant. All the more reason to use my iPad as my primary device!
     
  4. iVan

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    There has been an iPod virus scare some time ago. I don't remember the gist of it though. I think it had more to do with hacking...
     
  5. Seadog

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    Virus protection on a PC is a must. On a Mac, the best protection is not doing stupid things. On the iPad, the odds are even less due to the limited OS and how much Apple restricts access to virus targeted programs like Flash and Acrobat.
     
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    That's why apple is awesome.
     
  7. Brad Groux

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    The lack of virus infections on Apples has less to do with Apple and more to do with their market share. Why would a virus maker write a virus that would only infect 10% of the hosts when they could write one that would infect 90% instead? Windows users are targeted because they are a huge demographic, many of which are easy targets because they are technologically inept. PC users that know what the hell they are doing are just as likely as Mac users at getting infected... meaning the chances are slim to none.
     
  8. DavidNM

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    But if a virus maker knew that 90% of PC's had virus protection but 99.99% of Macs did not - why would they NOT write a virus program to infect a Mac? Your argument does not hold water!
     
  9. CPMS

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    There have been reports of virus's hitting iPhones that have been jail broken. I haven't really researched this as I have no intent on ever jail breaking my iPhone or iPad but it may be worth looking into if you are going to jailbreak your iPad and surf the net.
     
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    Apple would put more effort into virus protection, but it is not a problem enough for them to devote the resources that MicroSoft does to the problem. MS and vendors have a tendency to think in terms of corporation protection, which tends to be more orientated to tech support needs. Apple tries to plug holes with updates that are seamless. One of the reasons for the app store is that they can run the program through virus testing. Plus the vendors are registered with Apple. Hard to be an anonymous villain when they know where you live.
     
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