Since 1997, Intego has been providing some of the best security software for the Mac, including antivirus, firewall and backup programs. Using its expertise, the company has now created an app for iOS devices that aims to prevent the spread of malware through your email attachments. Don’t scoff.
Intego notes that while there is currently no known malware for iOS, files that flow through your device and into your home and office computers by email or remote storage, such as MobileMe and Dropbox, can contain malware and worms that are harmful to the Mac and Windows operating systems.
In a bid to prevent the spread of infection through your iOS device, Intego’s VirusBarrier for iOS allows you to scan email attachments and other files you have access to on your iOS device, or files on remote storage locations, for infection. The app uses Intego’s award-winning VirusBarrier X6 scanning technology to detect and eradicate all known malware, including viruses, worms, Trojan horses, fake anti viruses, and other types of malware that would normally pass through your device undetected. It will even scan websites for known phishing URLs, web threats, and malware hosting.
iOS prevents VirusBarrier from running scheduled scans, like those you may run on your Mac, but it does allow you to perform ‘on-demand’ scans whenever you wish.
The app is $2.99 and is compatible with your iPhone, iPod touch and your iPad. Included in the price is a 1-year subscription with malware definition updates. At the end of the 12-month period you can purchase an additional subscription for $1.99 per year, which you can set to auto-renew if you wish.
What do you think about Intego’s VirusBarrier for iOS? Is it about time we had an app like this to prevent the spread of infection, or do you think it’s all a bit unnecessary?