Anti-Virus for iPad Users- But is it Necessary?

Intego has started to offer iPad users an anti-virus scanner that is capable of scanning the iPad, the first scanner of its kind. However, some have questioned if such a feature is really necessary.

The iPad runs the same operating system as the iPhone, which currently only “jailbroken” iPhones have been subjected to malware exploitation. Intego even acknowledges that there is currently no threat to defend against.

“We’re not saying there is malware in the wild,” Peter James, an Intego spokesman said. “But there are exploits that can take advantage of vulnerabilities.”

It is currently unclear if the malware that infected jailbroken iPhones can also hit iPads.

“Jailbreaking takes advantages of vulnerabilities,” James told The Register. “Those users who don’t jailbreak their devices have fewer security risks because they are protected by sandboxing. Jailbroken devices are not protected in same way. If and when iPad malware arrives we have the engine ready”.

Developing security prior to the appearance of a threat is certainly a novel approach. The anti-virus scanner actually operates on a Mac computer. When an iPad or iPhone is plugged in, the scanner then trawls the device for possible malware.

“The software doesn’t run on an iPad or iPhone itself. We’re looking forward to multi-tasking that will make this possible and in the mean time offering the best we can,” James said. “We can’t detect things live but its the best compromise we can offer for now.”

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4 Responses to "Anti-Virus for iPad Users- But is it Necessary?"

  1. Pat sullivan says:

    Right now I have tried avast but the iPad wont’t allow me to download it.  Is it necessay to have an antivirus download for the iPad?

  2. Stefania says:

    I have the same problem….  On  my ipad ican t download some antivirus…why?
    Can you help me please

  3. Robin says:

    No you do not need antivirus for your Ipad or Iphone. There is no emmidiate threat at this time.

    Regards, Robin

  4. Bill says:

    Actually there still doesnt seem to be a NEED for the AV for the device itself, but many many people are looking to start including these devices in a corporate environment.  As such there is most definitely a need to ensure that any files contained on ANY device that will have the possibility to be transfered must be protected (or at least everyone else protected from that device).  
    The threat (as usual) is that this can be a carrier rather than the true target of the attack.  
    In essence, to protect the device it may be overkill – but to try to ensure that any payload a file may have is checked before introduction to a new environment is of paramount concern.  

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