Intego’s VirusBarrier for iOS Will Stop Your iPhone From Being A Typhoid Mary

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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.

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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?

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  • GregsTechBlog

    I had the scanner for OSX for a while, but found it to be very weak protection. The scan had to be ran manually. I made a quick Automator action for scanning downloaded files, but it wasn’t quite enough.
    Of course, OSX and iOS are, at the moment, quite secure, and probably don’t need malware protection. But I always stay on the safe side. Currently, I’m using Sophos free antivirus on my Mac.

  • joewaylo

    (scoffs)
    Don’t cloud services have antivirus programs built in?
    On most sites, you’ll see a symbol that says McAfee protected or similar.
    Or it’s part of their advertisement system that they run virus protection around the clock on their storage.

    And yes true you should scan for viruses, but most of those programs on the App Store are gags. Like fingerprint readers supposedly scanning it when you have the app running which denies your system from escaping to the phone book, but you can escape by pressing home. Or OS cleaner and it’ll show a dog licking the window.

  • CharliK

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to have the anti-virus on my computer, rather than my iphone. On the phone it might suck up a little space and do nothing. The computer is where it would do damage and needs to be shut down. 

  • prof_peabody

    (scoffs anyway) useless crap is useless

  • iDaBoss

    this is useless.

  • Derek Erwin

    @lucascott:disqus  – VirusBarrier allows users of iOS devices to scan files attached to e-mail messages in the cloud for malware that could affect Macs or Windows PCs.  It doesn’t matter where you’re accessing e-mail (from your computer at work, home or from your iPhone) because malware or viruses would all be coming from the same place (the cloud). 

    What’s worse, as Intego noted in their blog, Mac and Windows viruses, malware and worms will take any path they can to get into home and work computers, and can easily be passed on to friends and co-workers directly from an iOS device, even though they do not affect iOS devices. 

    This begs the question:  If you’re a Typhoid Mary, are you a villain or victim?

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  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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