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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: 1144; 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: 1735; 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: 382; 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: 5043; 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: 4888; 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, 08:33 3

28. blingblingthing (Posts: 570; 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 (Posts: 14055; 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)

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: 1062; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)

and you are proud to be a racist

posted on 20 Mar 2015, 04:56 19

8. maherk (Posts: 4809; 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: 1280; 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: 4809; 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: 1442; 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 (Posts: 14055; 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 (Posts: 14055; 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: 1280; 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 (Posts: 14055; 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 (unregistered)

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: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

I find this amusing.

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