VirusBarrier for iPhone, iPad Review

On July 13, 2011

App Type: iPhone

VirusBarrier for iPhone, iPad Review

Our rating:


Version #: 1.0

Date Released:

Developer: By Intego

Price: $2.99

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First there were computers, then came the evil people who made viruses. After quite a long honeymoon period, malware may at some point move on to smart phones and devices, if only because we hook up our devices to our home systems, so it made sense for French security firm Intego to launch the first ever iphone malware scanner. And that’ll probably only be the beginning…..

“Because of the sandbox, you can’t scan the file system,” Intego spokesman Peter James told, “Since you don’t see the iOS file system, the only things you can scan are attachments sent by email or files in, say, your Dropbox folder.”

So basically, if the virus is inside the app, Virus Barrier cannot trace it, but if it’s in an attachment, like a pdf, pdf being the big security hole in Apple devices at the moment, it can. Also, it will be possible to stop your device from spreading it around. A word of caution: Intego also make malware defenses for MAC, which are notoriously impossible to deinstall, so I’d be a bit careful before installing this.

We rate this app 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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