Virus question

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

  1. Arnz98

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    I dont think you can download anything on the internet to your ipad, so the chances are slim to get a virus, apple just doesnt allow it. There is nowhere for your download to go, i.e. No folders to store it, nowhere to execute any programs either. All executables , or rather apps, must go through the app store or itunes, which are strictly reviewed by Apple.

    I think if safety is paramount to you, the closed nature of apple is about as safe as you can get.
     
  2. DavidNM

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    You can move files to your iPad through iTunes. You can open up word and excel docs from the cloud through Office2HD. Also goodreader. You can create e-books and load them on your machine.

    Apple products have historically been out of the virus loop. When we used to discuss which round of new equipment to buy we always got to that Virus v. Cost argument between Mac and PC. Unfortunately the tight-a$$ execs always won - save money=big bonus=let some poor peon take care of the virus problems
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  3. Phantom

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    Virus What Virus. There Is No Crazy Virus..... Seriously Mac's Uses Unix Type Background. The Only Possible Way You Could Get One Is Using a JailBreaked Program. And This Is Highly Unlikely This Would Happen. Now Windows On The Other Hand Well.........
     
  4. Seadog

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    Any software can be infected if someone wants to bad enough. Some hackers like the challenge, other are just malicious, many have ulterior motives. There is not the challenge in most home computers, Macs are not interconnected enough to attract most malicious creeps. The rest are out for the most bang for the shot.
     
  5. Brad Groux

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    You're smoking some serious drugs if you think 90% of PC users are protected from viruses. Hell, there are tens of millions of people still using IE6, nearly a decade after it's launch! In the analytics for my blog I had three visitors running Windows 98 and IE5 just yesterday for Pete's sake. Microsoft has gone so far as to urge people to stop using a spoiled browser, it's that bad. As someone who has been in IT for the past 12 years and who has fixed far too many a friend or family member's PC because they didn't patch normally or use an AV solution I can tell you that the number of PC users that are proactive is probably about 20%. I have worked for some of the largest enterprise infrastructures in the world... I know this, because I live this.

    Spoken like a true fan boy. Hackers are able to exploit Apple products all the time, what do you think jailbreaking is in the first place? They find a hole in the iPhone OS code and exploit it to get root access. That same exploit could be used by people other than modders if they really wanted to. There isn't a software system in the world that can't be exploited if enough hackers really cared enough to do it. Hackintoshes (PC computers running OSX) are another example of hackers exploiting holes in Apple's code.

    Exactly on all accounts.
     
  6. IpadOne

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    iPad as no virus

    Brad what did you smoke today ??

    We are talking about Apple policy concerning iPhone/iPad … we (and me the first) don’t care about WinBooze i have been PC user for more than 10 years every protection i have try give me more hassle … than protection they pretend to give me… Yet i am in the free side of Mac and do everything possible for don’t use PC

    it’s also why i don’t jailbreak my iPhone or iPad

    Yep this is also one reason ….

     
  7. lifevicarious

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    I always thought this was a silly argument. What hacker wouldn't want to be the first to bring down a product that most view as unable to be brought down?

    The reason Mac's are less susceptible is that programs run independently of the OS (specifically Safari) whereas on Windows IE is directly linked with the OS.
     
  8. ayerbusiness

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    For sure iPad will also be attacked by hackers, viruses and any other hijacking attempts by many people around the world. that is why Apple will ready themselves for that matter.
     
  9. NumbLock

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    He's right though. Especially in Asia where most botnets live, a vast majority of users use Windows - and worse, unpatched pirated versions of Windows.

    Proof:
    In their words: Experts weigh in on Mac vs. PC security | InSecurity Complex - CNET News
    Even more:
    Can Apple Deny, “Pwn 2 own?” Dvorak Uncensored: General interest observations and true web-log.
     
  10. NumbLock

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    I will add, however, one of the biggest complaints of the iPad and iPhone are their closed nature. You simply can't under normal circumstances, execute a process in the background and install software except through iTunes. Viruses depend on both of these.

    The weakness is also a strength, in this case.
     

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