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Apple removes anti-virus apps from its store, doesn't want users to think iOS 8 is vulnerable

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Apple removes anti-virus apps from its store, doesn't want users to think iOS 8 is vulnerable
It appears that Apple does not like the message that anti-virus apps on its App Store may be sending to its users. Namely – that iOS 8.2 is not secure enough in and of itself and needs 3rd party malware hunters to take care of potential problems.

Cupertinians have now started to remove anti-virus and anti-malware apps from their App Store, or at least that's how it seems. Intego, developer of VirusBarrier, reports that Apple took down its app under the premise that it had a misleading description. An attempt to re-upload the product, with a different, much clearer description, was also blocked.

According to Intego, this has happened to a few other companies, which supply anti-virus solutions to the App Store. Apparently, Apple does not want users believing that iOS 8 may have any exploitable flaws. Unfortunately, Intego's VirusBarrier was an app, which actually scans emails and cloud files, not the iOS device itself, so it was useful for its own niche of users, who understood what the app is for.

VirusBarrier will continue to get updates, Intego says, so as long as you have it on your device, you're fine. If you need to delete it or perform a factory reset, you will lose the app.

Well, as far as safety is concerned – there truly haven't been any reports of non-jailbroken devices getting affected by any malicious software, as long as their owners stick to the official App Store only. However, in the past few months, we've heard about WireLurker, Masque Attack, and Xagent – all of which are able to infect a non-jailbroken iPhone if the user tries to install (or is phished into doing so) an app from an unauthorized 3rd party market.

source: Intego via iMore

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posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:14 12

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 1093; Member since: 27 May 2012)


It is true!
Honestly, iOS is much safer than Android

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:30 23

4. Angst (Posts: 34; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)


Only in the same sense as Solitary confinement is safer than not being incarcerated . . .

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 18:20

52. cheetah2k (Posts: 1576; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Nek minit Apple removes condom dispenser machines from their toilets because they claim sex in the office is guaranteed not to make women pregnant or transmit STDs....

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 19:49

54. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


what a hot joke

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 05:02 14

11. xperian (Posts: 322; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Just because it's much safer than android, doesn't mean it's completely invulnerable.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 05:28 5

15. vincelongman (Posts: 4424; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yea nothing is invulnerable
People have been able to put malware and viruses onto the AppStore before

That being said, those apps are BS
I think Google should also remove the anti virus apps from the Play Store as well

Also Apple/Google shoud remove those unless battery saver and memory clearer apps as well

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 07:48 8

24. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is just another example of Apple's arrogance. They as a tech company know that EVERYTHING is vulnerable. To do that & put customers at risk who want to protect themselves is pure & utter BS.

I am sorry but it doesn't get more misleading than this. Apple is willing to put customers at risk just to save face, when IN FACT they know it's impossible to be 100% safe in the first place.

Wow & the Apple fans will eat/swallow this all up...

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 17:26 1

42. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Ios is not affected by malware really ever, get your head out your fandroid ass , there really is no need at all for a anti virus app on iOS. If you download only from the App store(which 99% do) and are fairly smart to not download anything unknown and be dumb enough to open some spam , you wont get any virus on your iOS device

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 17:50

46. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


really so you won't get a virus or malware from an email opened or a text with a fake link.
look apple fanatics are dumb enough to over pay for the apple phone in the first place they will get malware and virus also.
dont forget all the simple iphone owners out there that all they want to do is take a selfie and dont know about malware and other threats.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 08:33 3

28. blingblingthing (Posts: 529; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


It isn't safer than android. Just more obscure.

Take to identical cars but leave one in a bank vault and the other in a dimly lit high crime area.

The car in the vault is safer because it's obscure (hidden). In reality both cars come with the same anti theft deterrents. Not like the car dealer will tell you that this same speced Q50 is safer with the same options.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 07:22 6

23. Nick1119 (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Sep 2014)


No it's not safer. Apple just covers its tracks more carefully by keeping their mouth shut, while Google is very open about Android.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 11:56 1

32. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Whatever you are smoke, shooting, or snorting; please share with the rest of us, so we can have hallucinations too.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 15:25

40. Phooey506 (Posts: 85; Member since: 24 Sep 2014)


Out of sight out of mind. Apple's magic cure.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 17:46

45. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
now thats funny.
so next report will will hear about all the virus and malware all over apple
this is genius

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:18 11

2. AMERICANPATRIOT (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 20 Mar 2015)


those anti-virus apps arent anti-virus at all, these apps common on android, nothing but scammer, storage hog

Apple knew this that's why Apple trim it away.

Love Apple from the bottom of my heart, proud to be American :)

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:41 12

7. drunkenjay (Posts: 887; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


and you are proud to be a racist

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:56 19

8. maherk (Posts: 3724; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


If i was American, i would be rooting for Motorola, not for a company that only "designs" their products in California and build them for cheap in China.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 05:00 7

10. techperson211 (Posts: 1230; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Yeah they forgot Motorola was the innovator of cellphone.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 05:51 1

16. seven7dust (unregistered)


well motorola is chinese now , so how does that make sense ?

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 06:07 3

18. maherk (Posts: 3724; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


What difference does it make? The employees in Motorola factories are still American. As long as they are based in the States, you should be rooting for them, not Apple.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 10:52 1

31. boosook (Posts: 1436; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Are you sure? I read somewhere that they were going to shut down the factory that produced the 1st gen moto x, that was quite a failure in the US (Americans didn't seem to value the fact that it was built in the US, and many of them still think that the iphone is built in the US anyway!). I don't think they are producing in US anymore.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 06:38 3

21. huhblub (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Apr 2014)


You're an iDiot

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 12:01 3

34. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


No they are not. Motorola sold its phone making division to Google, Google sold it to Lenovo.
Motorola still make communication devices outside of cellphones as they always have.

Maybe you should look up who Motorola is. Their headquarters is in Chicago and is still here. NOT IN CHINA.

More and more everyday, iFans prove to be even more ignorant.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 12:03 1

35. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Motorola, post-split[edit]
In January 2011, Motorola split into two separate companies, each still using the word Motorola as part of their name. One company, Motorola Solutions (using a blue version of the Motorola logo), is based in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois and concentrates on police technologies, radios, and commercial needs. The other company, Motorola Mobility (using a red logo), is based in Chicago (formerly in the Chicago suburb of Libertyville, Illinois) and is the mobile handset producer. The split was structured so that Motorola Solutions was the legal successor of the old Motorola, while Motorola Mobility was the spinoff.

August 15, 2011, Google announced that it would purchase Motorola Mobility for about $12.5 billion.[28] On November 17, 2011, Motorola Mobility stockholders “voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with Google Inc”.[29]

May 22, 2012: Google announces that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. has closed, with Google acquiring MMI for $40.00 per share in cash. ($12.5 billion)[30]

Oct 30, 2014: Google sells off the Motorola Mobility to Lenovo. The purchase price is approximately US$2.91 billion (subject to certain adjustments), including US$1.41 billion paid at close: US$660 million in cash and US$750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares (subject to a share cap/floor). The remaining US$1.5 billion will be paid in the form of a three-year promissory note.

Google maintains ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures. But Lenovo will receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. Additionally Lenovo will receive over 2,000 patent assets, as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark portfolio.

Motorola mad the first mobile phone. They are known for making all types of communications devices, like CB's and Pagers...or Beepers if you prefer. Tho they dont really make pagers anymore except special ones, they still make lots of communications devices and components.

A non-American, liek you; trying to tell pothers what an American company is and isn't.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 17:53

48. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


moto/lenovo is only half or motorola mobility.

posted on 21 Mar 2015, 03:46

59. techperson211 (Posts: 1230; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


And apple is not made in China? Make sense @seven7dust.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 11:59 1

33. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You are proud to be Chinese- American?

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 17:52

47. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


your no patriot if you are you would be in military or vet.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:19 4

3. illusionmist (Posts: 157; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


Good riddance. Antivirus on a system where no app can look outside its sandbox is nothing but scams.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:38 7

5. pellen (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Mar 2015)


" Intego's VirusBarrier was an app, which actually scans emails and cloud files,"
useful when moving files from different platforms.

Reputation is very important for Apple. -"IOS is 100% secure"

Only fools believe that an operating system is secure.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:40

6. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Wait there were antivirus apps in the App Store? Why? LOL probably some developer thought they could be exclusive or something... Good Riddance.. they should get rid of all Clone apps of popular games, and other 50% of useless crap like Anti-Virus Apps.. I dont think anyone cares about how many apps are in the App Store vs Android's...

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:58

9. Planterz (Posts: 2070; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I find this amusing.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 05:04

12. pellen (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Mar 2015)


Masque Attack
because you are using the wrong

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 05:18

13. pellen (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Mar 2015)


iOS is pretty safe, but not 100%.
Apple adorns the reality.

I did not have Masque Attack with that phone ...

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 05:28

14. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 527; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


iOS is safe but not useful for business.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 05:52

17. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


That's why my supermarket, my doctor's office, comcast employees, warehouses where I pick up construction material, the local pizza place and a lot of other businesses use/issue iPads and iPhones... You have to admit you see them in businesses too, right? I've seen android tablets too, but quite seldom compared to iOS devices...

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 06:32 2

20. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2889; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I guess he means enterprise. iOS is quite bothersome in the enterprise.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 13:09

37. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Than why do companies use iOS? If I t's not cheaper, and it's "bothersome" - why is it so popular in the business?

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 13:44

38. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2889; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


A lot of companies don't, as of next year the company I work for, will phase out all iPads in Europe to make place for Windows tablets. Mainly because of mobile management and compatibility. We had them a bit over a year now and they don't meet up to our demands. Smartphones we will stick to all platforms though.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 15:56

41. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


To be honest, I found windows devices are much more appropriate for business use that iOS. But instead I do see iOS devices just about every where

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 17:58

49. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


its not used in many big companys just little stores that get away from paying for pos just use square card.
the ipic theater i go to has ipad in the seats so you can see the menu and soon order problem is you cant go back and it lags and freezes all the time its been 2 months now, still not working 100%

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 19:14

53. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Yeah Comcast is a tiny company...

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2476643/apple-ios/apple-s-ios-leads-the-enterprise-android-doesn-t.html

posted on 21 Mar 2015, 02:08

56. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


We go to Chili's and they use Android devices to do the same thing - and they work like crap too... the point is - it's not Apple's after they put their own software on it built by some hired web designer or something...

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 06:46 3

22. palmguy (Posts: 536; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


I use an IPad Air 2 for work an I hate it. The main app I use reloads/crashes, Safari 1st shows the previous page I was on then goes to the page I am really on, & the multitasking option via four fingers on screen or pressing the home button just feels cumbersome(RIP webOS). I'll rather use my 2013 Moto X(which seems so much stable and work effective).

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 17:27 1

43. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


That is why iOS is the biggest leader in enterprise activations then right?

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 18:00

50. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


ios is not fool, go bounce a ball around somewhere in the street.

posted on 21 Mar 2015, 02:09

57. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Actually it is.. over 90% of Fortune 500 are using iOS... Google it..

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 06:28

19. SIGPRO (Posts: 1432; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Sounds like dictatorship, everyday apple is loosing it more and more!

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 07:53 3

25. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Eve was told the Apple was safe too and nothing would go wrong... Look where that got us.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 08:08

26. Sakeem (Posts: 458; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Lol.....Actually she was told not to eat it, but she did anyway. Plus, we don't know for sure it was an apple. It is assumed because it was mentioned as being a fruit that she ate.

Anyway, nothing is 100% safe. We will see if this comes back to haunt them.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 09:42

30. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)


True, but fervid was correct as well. Afterwards, the devil did tell Eve that the fruit was safe, and Eve believed the lie, and subsequently ate the fruit.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 15:20 1

39. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1645; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


You got it all wrong. It was a banana and she was told to eat it. But she was also told not to swallow.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 08:25 1

27. blingblingthing (Posts: 529; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


We all know how secure those apple macs are?
http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/its-official-apple-computers-are-no-longer-virus-free/258902/

How how the super secure Safari?
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pwn2Own
From 2007 to 2011. It's apple software hacked first.

But you're right. The iPhone must be secure.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 09:13 1

29. mrej201 (Posts: 226; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


lol sweet now the hackers can do some real damage let the hacking begin

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 12:15 1

36. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Hackers, the door to hack the crap out of iOS is wide open. Their users are no longer protected from the evil outsiders. They are being protected by the evil insiders.

Break in and conquer.

I recall how Mac users bragged that Mac OS and OS X were more secure vs Windows because and especially OS X because it had a Unix core.

Microsoft had the 3rd most successful version of Unix called Xenix, but MS thought they could do better and did so.

OS X is the only OS where entering a simple string of commends could wipe the hard drive while the OS is running. This is impossible on Windows.

If iOS is so secure, why is it always possible to jailbreak it? It is impossible to make software 100% secure. IMPOSSIBLE. If it was possible, hackers would not be able to breach some of the most advanced networks on the planet. Yet they do everyday almost. Every month you hear a new company has been hack.

None of them deny being hacked. Only Apple does. The NSA has a front door into iOS. That's a built-in hack. lol

All those ads in iOS when you play free games, and even on Android? Are all hacks and malware. To have to watch a commercial to play a game or a youtube video is the worse malware n any platform. Thank god this is not required on Windows.

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 17:31

44. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


No software or computer is 100% secure unless you have like a quantum computer lol. But we can all agree by nature iOS Is more secure then Android, Android IS safe as a system in terms of protecting it self but it doesnt do much at all to safeguard user data and private data so

Also the app submissions to App store to be reviewed by Apple is a big reason why iOS devices have not seen much malware at all

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 18:04

51. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


and we all know how has that quantum computer with D-Wave Systems help.
say it with me

GOOGLE

posted on 21 Mar 2015, 01:33

55. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


This is typical Apple getting away with their PR tactics. And when other companies try it, they get called out by the Apple fanboys in the media.

posted on 21 Mar 2015, 03:34

58. Nick1119 (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Sep 2014)


The "safer" smartphone might actually be Windows Phone. Hasn't been jailbroken until now and there's not know viruses either.

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