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Do I need anti -malware/virus protection for my IPAD?

Started 1314058352.963 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1314297715.3 by Cha1k

I've been told I do not need protection but it's hard to believe. I don't feel safe downloading apps. Anyone know names and locations of protection for ipad?

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beadaholic1314058604.38920 PostsRegistered 11/21/2008
No apple doesn't get virus's

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jackthebear1314059541.9875741 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
No you don't need it and you can only buy through the App store anyway so Apple approves everything that goes onto the iPad, don't worry about it.

Kindaglitzy1314059735.8774369 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 8/22/2011 beadaholic said: No apple doesn't get virus's

Wow! Valid reason to consider purchase of an Apple product.

upperwests­ide1314061055.85196 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

To be accurate. Apple computers could be infected with malware but this is much, much less likely than with PCs. This is because most hackers use tools that are compatible with Windows; and PCs are far more prevalent than Apple computers. But Apple is gaining in adoption - so they will eventually become more prone to viruses too.

Good4u1314068572.4333193 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008USA - Midwest
On 8/22/2011 upperwestside said:

To be accurate. Apple computers could be infected with malware but this is much, much less likely than with PCs. This is because most hackers use tools that are compatible with Windows; and PCs are far more prevalent than Apple computers. But Apple is gaining in adoption - so they will eventually become more prone to viruses too.

Yes, indeed I was warned by knowledgable posters on this board this is indeed the case. YOU need protection for your APPLE! I wisely took their advice and downloaded free software protection for my APPLE. DO IT TODAY! I used the first web site software, but both were used by another poster and both are free:

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

http://www.clamxav.com/

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Nicecupoft­ea1314069407.0132400 PostsRegistered 12/28/2008

I was hoping a poster called 'gardenman' would answer. He/she seems to know a lot on this subject.

Good4u1314069654.7633193 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008USA - Midwest

Gardenman was one of the posters who recommended I get protection for my Apple. But it was a poster named Chalk who actually recommended the sites. They both know what they are talking about. It is up to you. I am just passing along the info. Whether you act upon what they said or not is up to you. It is your choice but I found it to be wise advice.

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LilyBell21314069976.28658 PostsRegistered 1/5/2011

I would suggest that anyone who still believes the fairy tale that all things Apple are automatically invulnerable to malware use their favorite search engine to search for "Mac Defender virus." You will find some interesting results, including the fact that Apple told their help desk employees to inform callers seeking assistance that their warranties and support did not include addressing malware issues.

After being embarrassed by Mac owners having to seek help from other venues, Apple eventually came out with a fix of its own.

Apple has never been invulnerable, it just hadn't been very attractive to malware creators because it only had a relatively small share of the computer market. As its share of the market has grown, Apple has become a more attractive prey for malware creators. No small part of the attraction is the fact that a very large number of Apple product owners have bought into the myth that anything with the Apple logo is bulletproof.

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Good4u1314070675.7473193 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008USA - Midwest

Need more proof than just my words in this thread? Here, read my discussion with them when they presented their experience and advice. Gardenman and Chalk, in particular, made a believer out of me. I downloaded the free software. Read it for yourself.

http://community.qvc.com/forums/Electronics/topic/215244/hp-is-moving-out-of-the-personal-computertabletphone-business.aspx

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glb6131314093860.6510960 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 8/22/2011 jackthebear said: No you don't need it and you can only buy through the App store anyway so Apple approves everything that goes onto the iPad, don't worry about it.

You don't just use apps on the iPad. You also access the internet through Safari. Apple has no control where you go.

People are under the false impression Apple products CAN'T get malware. It's simply isn't true. What is true, a Windows based virus/malware won't infect the Mac operating system. When the malware writers target the Mac operating system, your machine can get infected just like a Windows based computer.

Macs had such a small percentage of the computers used, malware writers ignored them. As Apple gains users, that will change.

gardenman1314107688.08717045 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

At this moment you probably don't need anti-virus/anti-malware software for an i-Pad. There aren't any current active threats out there other than for those who have jailbroken/hacked their i-Pads. It would pay to keep a close eye on some of the tech forums though in case someone does find a vulnerability and finds a way to exploit it.

No matter what type of computer you're using you still want to be a smart and safe user. I would never download "free" music, movies, etc. from a file sharing site. Make sure you download and install updates. Follow safe computing practices. Right now, at this moment, i-Pads seem to be fairly safe though.

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Cha1k1314297715.2071094 PostsRegistered 2/28/2009

This article will help you decide if you need to worry about protection for your iPad.

Note the chart at the very top of the article.

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"Mr. Marcus said Android users have become the top target for malware developers because Google does not use a vetting process to monitor the distribution of new mobile apps. Anyone can share an app on the Google Marketplace, including hackers who hide malware inside free mobile software and games. In comparison, Apple monitors and approves each application it allows into the iTunes App Store."



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