Posted by David Harley on October 15, 2015.
Almost exactly a year ago I wrote an article for this site in which I said:
…while iOS isn’t impregnable, most iOS-targeting malware relies on the device being jailbroken. In general, Apple’s ‘iron hand’ approach to app-sandboxing and App Store whitelisting has made iGadgets a largely malware/anti-malware-free zone, while making it all but impossible for AV companies to introduce full-strength malware detection software to the platform, though on-demand scanners for iOS do exist in a limited sense. If I can quote myself and Lysa Myers:
An approved on-demand scanner is likeliest to detect:
A year on from there, I was asked in a Facebook group ‘ Whats the best AV for iPad?’
In fact, I don’t usually make product recommendations, for several reasons.
In this case, it was even more awkward, since Apple chose, earlier this year, to all but eliminate the presence of anything that looked like a mainstream anti-malware product from the App Store. So I was obliged to respond along these lines:
I’m not sure there’s any effective AV for iPad at this point. The iOS sandboxing model already restricted its functionality, and Apple has actually removed from the App Store most of – maybe all – the mainstream AV products that did have some limited scanning functionality. Fortunately, there isn’t a lot of out-and-out malware that targets iOS, though YiSpecter and XcodeGhost have made iOS look rather less safe than before.
[That’s a very slightly edited version of my original response.]
And I have to admit that if I was a more frequent user of iGadgets, I’d feel less secure today than I did a year ago.
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