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Advice on antivirus app for IOS (IPad platform)?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by ORB, Apr 11, 2015.

  1. ORB

    ORB Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Sunnyvale, CA
    For you Apple-savvy folks,

    Unfortunately I got careless this week and clicked on a Google Drive attachment from a friend using Safari (v. 8.x) on my IPad Mini, and the embedded spambot found my Gmail address and password. It then proceeded to forward that spam to many of my contacts using my IPad Contacts app and my hacked Gmail account.

    I promptly changed my Gmail account password, but wonder if there is anything else I should do? Can anyone recommend a competent antivirus or antimalware app for the IPad? Should I consider backing up my stuff and then restore my IPad Mini to "as new" condition, i.e. wipe the memory clean?

    Thank you in advance!

  2. dm33

    dm33 Member

    May 10, 2013
    Raleigh, nc
    There is no such thing. You can't get malware on the iOS platform. The APIs don't exist to allow someone open access.

    Anyone who claims to write anti-virus or anti-malware software for iOS is scamming.
  3. anticitizen13.7

    anticitizen13.7 Enemy of the Status Quo

    Dec 22, 2012
    United States
    One defense is to enable 2-factor authentication on your Google account. When enabled, Google will send your phone an SMS with a code whenever someone tries to log into your account with the correct password. The login won't complete without entry of this additional code.
  4. cwerdna

    cwerdna Active Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    SF Bay Area, CA
    #4 cwerdna, Apr 11, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015
    There are plenty of security vulnerabilities patched in iOS all the time. Click thru the details of various iOS security updates at Apple security updates - Apple Support.

    Some have been exploited. Here are a few examples:
    Apple iPhone 4S hacked by Exploiting Safari in iOS 5, iOS 6
    iOS 7_1 exploit for CVE-2014-4377 flaw publicly availableSecurity Affairs
    iPhone Security Bug Lets Innocent-Looking Apps Go Bad - Forbes
    JailbreakMe 3.0 and the iOS PDF Flaw: Protect Your Business | PCWorld

    They're not supposed to but see above...
    Yes, probably, given the sandbox for each iOS app and the limited things an app can do in the background: Background Execution.

    On a related note to the OP's query: Apple Removes Intego's 'VirusBarrier' From iOS App Store, Says It's Misleading - Mac Rumors.

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