Also why to bother on a jail broken devie which is not under apple scope. Wow how ignorant are you. Set a screen saver with a very low timeout, or use the Energy Saver settings to tell your display to shut off after a short period of inactivity. I don't have anything to gain from doing so. I can't believe how uneducated people are thinking that Android is less secure by being open. Also antivirus software such as Sophos can and frequently does cause serious problems such as Kernel Panics and in general tend to create more problems than they solve.
I like to help raise awareness that Apple security isn't as perfect as many people think it is. Bitdefender Mobile Security provides the same remote location, lock and wipe tricks you get with Find My iPhone, it does offer one unique trick. Some is quiet and surreptitious like Flame. People exploit systems that will lead to the most potential users they can attack. Intego has enjoyed top billing for a number of years. Everyone wants a piece of the pie including antivirus makers. Jim Would love for you to list all 81 vulnerabilities and dissect each one.
Whether you or users you support are on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, here are a few key steps to Apple device security. If these hobbyists can collect and take advantage of vulnerabilities, just imagine what others a government perhaps? I always make sure to download high quality apps and will opt for paid if available. We looked at how well each program detected the threats and protected our test computer, and we noted whether they detected Windows threats too. Enforce password complexity settings and require changes as often as you want. Apps disappear all the time and no one knows why. Apple would never tell you about. Out of all the apps I have downloaded including downloads from outside sources why have not been infected? For now I'm sure we can agree to disagree.
Easily accessible for non-technical readers. I have never run antivirus software on any of my Android devices and have not had any issues with malware. An open source system is just as likely to have security holes as a closed system. Or that Android has the dubious honour of having over 13,000 malware apps and exploits? It comes with several privacy and protection tools, plus three user licenses to protect multiple devices for a good price. Smart phones are the new market. When thinking about this one can remember the final words of General John Sedgwick. So just because JailbreakMe hasn't been updated since August doesn't mean that bad guys can't do the same thing for malicious purposes—and do it without requiring a user to tap or slide something first.
And, if an app somehow does get past that, it still gets down voted so fast that the average user would never see it. I agree with your first post though where you stated using common sense is wise, that is the best protection for things like worms and trojans. A company that is well known for pushing issues under the rug and denying them until forced to face them. The proof is in the pudding. While many security companies offer products that support the iPhone, they're not really antivirus software; Apple has made sure that you don't need it. I have been running Android since early 2010. I love the way mobile is taking off so antivirus companies are probably get far less in monthly payments so they start spinning scare tactics.
Although I'm a guest blogger for Sophos, my main source of income is not related to the antivirus industry. He is insiting that I need to get extra security on my phone. Some even revoked their statements after Google called them out on their crap; kind of sad if you ask me. I own both the X5 and X6 versions which I installed when they first came out. My question to him is: Where is it? I only update through the software update facillity. If you feel you must have antivirus software then use ClamXav which is not intrusive however as I stated earlier it's totally unnessary. I am very grateful to all who have replied and am now in a far better position to make my own decision.
As a user, I would absolutely love for Apple to make its platforms more secure. Android has its own perks, but its open-source platform is killing it. The full version is at and a slightly more limited version can be found at the AppStore. As I said I have the new X6 version part of a package but will not install it until I feel there are real threats out there. And really, you're going to trust McAfee? Just because you're using an Apple product doesn't mean you're invulnerable to attacks. If create something and want you to use it I will turn the numbers in my favor.
Thanks a bunch every one, I will take on board all of your answers. Apple shoudl be proactive to develop anti-malware detection and removal before they get hit. It's easy to make blanket statements with no depth nor discernment. It's was recommended above by and several others in this forum. How far up your own ass are you? So yes; good job, Apple.