Where do I get an­tivirus for my new ipad?

Computer Active (UK) - - Prob­lems Solved -

Q I’ve bought an ipad and nowhere can I find any an­tivirus security for it. I buy goods on­line, do fi­nan­cial stuff, emails and surf the web, vis­it­ing all sorts of web­sites. I’ve al­ways had Win­dows com­put­ers with Nor­ton, Mcafee or Kaspersky pro­tec­tion, but I can­not find any of th­ese to pro­tect me on this sys­tem. Ap­ple was com­pletely useless: they could not or per­haps would not help me. Any­thing you can sug­gest will be ap­pre­ci­ated. Jack Dedi­coat

A We’ve cov­ered this be­fore in Prob­lems Solved but it is a ques­tion that comes up re­peat­edly, so we’re happy to re­cap. The bot­tom line is that the way IOS – the op­er­at­ing sys­tem that runs on your ipad – works means that tra­di­tional an­tivirus soft­ware is un­nec­es­sary. All apps are forced to run in the tight con­fines of a ‘ sand­box’, which means it’s ef­fec­tively im­pos­si­ble for them to get to the core of IOS: they’re un­able to do any­thing out­side the sand­box.

At least in the­ory the in­ner work­ings of IOS it­self might one day be hacked, but only Ap­ple could (and would) do any­thing about that. Ap­ple does not al­low any third-party soft­ware ac­cess to the op­er­at­ing sys­tem’s core, which is why an­tivirus soft­ware does not ex­ist for IOS (and also why IOS is largely re­silient to virus at­tacks).

For on­line peace of mind, check that Sa­fari’s pri­vacy and security fea­tures are set as you wish (see screen­shot). Launch your ipad’s Set­tings app, then tap Sa­fari and check all the switches un­der the ‘Pri­vacy & Security’ head­ing. You should switch most on.

You can con­fig­ure Sa­fari’s security and pri­vacy op­tions in your ipad’s Set­tings menu

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