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Katielouie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

is it necessary to have antivirus software on my tablet?


iPad (4th gen) Wi-Fi, iOS 6.0.1
  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (28,105 points)

    Katielouie wrote:

     

    is it necessary to have antivirus software on my tablet?

    Since there really isn't any such thing for iOS (at least not anything that is effective), no. And the basic design of iOS makes it as safe as any anti-virus app could.

  • Katielouie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I listen to Kim Komando and she suggests that you use antivirus on your tablet. She says it's only a matter of time before viruses hit tablets, so protect yourself, now?

  • Katielouie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I listen to Kim Komando and she suggests that you use antivirus on your tablet. She says it's only a matter of time before viruses hit tablets, so protect yourself, now?

     

    A LITTLE CONFUSED AS I HAVE HEARD OTHERS SAY as you do that it's not necessary.

     

    Thanks for your input on my question.

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,455 points)

    And which of the iPad Anti-virus apps does KimKomando recommend?

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 Level 8 (38,695 points)

    It's only a matter of time before aliens invade our planet, too. My point is that there is no need to protect against something that does not presently exist.

  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (28,105 points)

    I don't know who Kim Komando is (or why I should care, for that matter). I do see her website is littered with anti virus ads. Maybe that tells you something.

     

    If you were using an Andriod or windows device, I would agree. But there isn't anything to use on an iPad, nor is it necessary. You cannot install anything on it that doesn't come from the App store. All Apps are sandboxed preventing anything you install from interacting with otehr apps or the OS except in very limited specific capacities.

     

    The best anti-virus for iOS, is iOS itself. You don't need it. Its not a Windows machine.

  • Katielouie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Fortunately, there are several effective apps for protecting your tablet from both digital and real-world threats. They're easy to install and can help keep your investment safe.

     

    Lookout (Free; iOS, Android) - Lookout is a free antivirus and anti-spyware app for mobile devices. It can also protect your tablet in the event it is lost or stolen.

     

    You'll be able to back up your contact data or find your phone using GPS location. Lookout for Android offers a premium version for $3 per month that will let you remotely wipe your device and back up photos and call history.

     

    avast! Mobile Security (Free; Android) - The same company that makes one of the best free antivirus suites for PCs also provides protection for Android tablets. avast! Mobile Security can prevent many types of viruses and intrusions at no cost to you.

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,455 points)

    A "tech specialist" making a recommendation based on advertising dollar$. Say it ain't so James

  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (28,105 points)

    I know. Shocking ain't it.

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,455 points)

    Katielouie wrote:

     

    Fortunately, there are several effective apps for protecting your tablet from both digital and real-world threats. They're easy to install and can help keep your investment safe.

     

    Lookout (Free; iOS, Android) - Lookout is a free antivirus and anti-spyware app for mobile devices. It can also protect your tablet in the event it is lost or stolen.

     

    You'll be able to back up your contact data or find your phone using GPS location. Lookout for Android offers a premium version for $3 per month that will let you remotely wipe your device and back up photos and call history.

     

    avast! Mobile Security (Free; Android) - The same company that makes one of the best free antivirus suites for PCs also provides protection for Android tablets. avast! Mobile Security can prevent many types of viruses and intrusions at no cost to you.

    Oh, I see, we aren't referring to iPads anymore, just tablets in general. In this case, yes, your tablet will need all the protection you can find.

  • Katielouie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your information.  I just thought I would copy to you what she wrote but I'm going to go by what you've said for now.

     

     

    Fortunately, there are several effective apps for protecting your tablet from both digital and real-world threats. They're easy to install and can help keep your investment safe.

     

    Lookout (Free; iOS, Android) - Lookout is a free antivirus and anti-spyware app for mobile devices. It can also protect your tablet in the event it is lost or stolen.

     

    You'll be able to back up your contact data or find your phone using GPS location. Lookout for Android offers a premium version for $3 per month that will let you remotely wipe your device and back up photos and call history.

     

    avast! Mobile Security (Free; Android) - The same company that makes one of the best free antivirus suites for PCs also provides protection for Android tablets. avast! Mobile Security can prevent many types of viruses and intrusions at no cost to you.

  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7 (28,105 points)

    Katielouie wrote:

     

     

    Lookout (Free; iOS, Android) - Lookout is a free antivirus and anti-spyware app for mobile devices. It can also protect your tablet in the event it is lost or stolen.

     

    LookOut for iOS does NOT protect against malware. You should go to the app store and read the description. AND the reviews. Personally I wouldn't touch this garbage with a ten foot pole. Frankly, it looks like other than generating SPAM, it doesn't much you can do on the iPad without it.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 Level 8 (38,695 points)

    James Ward4 wrote:

     

    LookOut for iOS does NOT protect against malware. You should go to the app stoe and read the description.

    ...and be very careful NOT to accidentally hit the download button!

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