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How do I protect my new tablet from viruses and malware?

by sbuhner / October 8, 2011 9:19 AM PDT

Is there good anti-vrus software for tablets?

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First we'd need a virus.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2011 9:21 AM PDT

So far there is no iPad virus. So my question to you is this -> If there is no virus what would this antivirus be doing?
Bob

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Second we'd need to assume the tablet is an iPad
by billandmeryl / October 8, 2011 1:52 PM PDT

So my question to you is this -> If the tablet runs on android is antivirus needed?

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Given that Android phones are susceptible
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 8, 2011 11:20 PM PDT

to some nasties, then wouldn't it be safe to assume that a tablet, not an iPad, running Android would be equally as susceptible?

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Why I asked.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2011 4:48 AM PDT

Is that the top post was incomplete so I looked at the most popular pad and went with that.

So far there is no Android virus out. That's the good news. The bad news is there are apps that are malicious and there is worse news. No app I know of will detect that.

On top of that HTC did this -> http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/10/01/massive-security-vulnerability-in-htc-android-devices-evo-3d-4g-thunderbolt-others-exposes-phone-numbers-gps-sms-emails-addresses-much-more/

So there you are. You might have a system that nothing can be done about. I'm a little stunned by this and am still pondering what it means.
Bob

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