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Thread: Got an iPad Air for Christmas. Do I need to install antivirus?

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    Got an iPad Air for Christmas. Do I need to install antivirus?

    It came with a 6-month antivirus program from Best Buy that I can download to the iPad, but I'm not sure I need it. Figure after 6 months, the program will just ask me to buy a continuation of it. We have high-level antivirus software on our Windows PCs, but I'm new to Apple and unsure of the need. Any advice appreciated!

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    as far as I know, you will need it. you go on the net, a virus can attach. call best buy to be sure.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    My DIL set up my regular ipad but I don't think she put antivirus on it. I know she activated the block pop up ad feature. I would look into how much storage the anti virus will use before installing it.

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    You can probably get a better one from the app store. Best Buy. ugh. I hate that store.

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    From what the people at the Apple store told me, you don't need one. Apple rarely has malware - Microsoft seems to be the whipping boy for malware - and Apple is good about adding any antivirus to your updates. This goes for the ipad and iphone only. The Mac's do need antivirus software. So as long as you do the updates, you should be good. I've had my iPad for 5 years and have never had any problems. At least that's what I was told at Apple. My best advice is to stop at an Apple store and ask them.

    I do suggest that you download the Adblocker app though. Makes a WORLD of difference when on the web!
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    My ipad is a year old and I don't have any antivirus on it. Nor do I have it on my iMac computer and that is 3 plus years old and have never had a problem.
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    I got one too. My first generation iPad had gotten so old it would no longer update and kept falling off the internet. As far as I know you do not need anti virus software. I would call Apple and ask them your questions. As a new owner you get this service free for a certain amount of time. If you insure your new iPad, the service continues for as long as the insurance does. I love mine and read quilting blogs all the time. (download Bloglovin from the app store) Enjoy and Happy New Year Nancy

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    This is for mac but apparently it's not a bad idea to have antivirus.
    http://macs.about.com/od/faq1/f/virusprotection.htm

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    Here's a long article about possible malware for iOS.
    http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/io...-need-3453938/

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    I've been using an iPad Air for 8 months and have not had any problems. We had an iPad2 before this and didn't have any trouble with it, either. We don't have any antivirus or malware protection. My nephew works all day on computers and he says that Microsoft is a target for viruses and malware, but not Apple. Go figure. We like Best Buy and get good help from them.
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    A good free anti virus won't hurt. FYI Be sure an install the blue light filter to it. Blue light is dangerous to your health when reading the screen before sleeping. Weird but true according to all the research. The filter app is free for all computers, tablets, e readers and phones.
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    There is so much built in security on Apple products that you don't need it. I've used an IPad for years, do all my shopping online and have never had any problem. I do try to use PayPal whenever I can but I don't think you need anti virus on an Apple IPad, Mac or anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    It came with a 6-month antivirus program from Best Buy that I can download to the iPad, but I'm not sure I need it. Figure after 6 months, the program will just ask me to buy a continuation of it. We have high-level antivirus software on our Windows PCs, but I'm new to Apple and unsure of the need. Any advice appreciated!
    i would not buy from Best Buy. like any retailer selling policies to cover your appliance, it's just making them money. my son writes security software for adobe. when i got my ipad i asked him about security software instal for my ipad. he said Safari, the default browser for all apple products is the safest browser available. he just gave me an apple air laptop w safari and firewall, no additional security software needed. if i didn't have my son to call for help, and if i were you, i would contact apple online to see what they say about security needs for your ipad. and welcome to ipad land! i love mine. i use the camera to take pics of scrap quilt projects so i can remember assembly order, patterns & tutorials, my older pfaff has poor directions for winding bobbins, so i store a photo of what i finally figured out that i refer too when i am needing to wind another pile of bobbins. and i take lots of pics of my fuzzy quilting buddies!
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    I just got my third iPad, an air2, and have never had any issues. I would check with the apple people, but I don't think you need anything like that.

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    Nope. I have been told Apple provides that. Call Apple if you want to be sure.

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    My daughter says she likes Apple products, because she never has to buy or update the antivirus. She said it comes on the Apple products for life. So I don't know, but you might call the Apple store and ask.

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    We have had iPads for several years. We currently have iPad Airs. The people at the Apple Store where we bought them said there is no need to use an anti-virus program. The Apple system is more protected than Microsoft's system.

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    We've had Mac computer for years with 3 teenagers using it and never have we been hacked. My husband and I ave iPads and iPhones and we've not had any problems with those either. I use a Mac Book Pro have had it since June and no problems either. We also have a Dell Desktop with windows and that things has McAfee, it's always updating and so is Microsoft. It runs slow, locks up and I'd get rid of it but it has all my embroidery software and files on it. The kids aren't allowed to use it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    I've been using an iPad Air for 8 months and have not had any problems. We had an iPad2 before this and didn't have any trouble with it, either. We don't have any antivirus or malware protection. My nephew works all day on computers and he says that Microsoft is a target for viruses and malware, but not Apple. Go figure. We like Best Buy and get good help from them.
    If you get good help from Best Buy, be very happy....you are close to the only one...you must have good personnel at your store.

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    I've been a MAC user for over 10 years and NEVER installed an anti-virus program on my Mac Pro, Mack Book laptop, ipad or iphone. Apple has closed architecture unlike PC's where it's open for developers and hackers to create programs. IMHO don't sweat it!
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    Thanks, everyone. Think I will not bother. The security software came free (for 6 months) with the iPad, but I am just not seeing a reason to install it -- especially since I will be using it mostly for entertainment. It's not as if I will have secret business data on the thing!

    For those of you who are down on Best Buy, I was the same way. If you haven't been in one of their stores within the last year or so, though, you should stop in. All of the sales people have been through a lot of training, so they are actually very helpful now! Plus they have free classes on the iPhone, iPad, Windows 8, etc. There was a big turnaround a couple of years ago when the founder bought back the company; all of the stores have been redesigned. I learned a *lot* by stopping in several times and asking questions until I finally understood what it was I wanted.

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    As others have already mentioned, it's not necessary, however, I don't install anti virus on my mac products because I am concerned about it slowing down my devices, which is why I abandoned the Microsoft PC technology years ago.
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    I was told Apple ipads did not need an antivirus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    My ipad is a year old and I don't have any antivirus on it. Nor do I have it on my iMac computer and that is 3 plus years old and have never had a problem.
    Apple products do not need antivirus software. Have been an Apple user since 2005, and no issues. If you ever get a message that says something like "suspected attack site" It will have a button that says "get me out of here!" Click it! Never open a link inan email, always type the address in the search box yourself. Enjoy your new toy! It took me a short time to learn and I am a slow learner if that helps. If 'best buy' sold you antivirus, get your money back.
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    I have had an iPad for three years. Apple products do not need virus protection as far as I know.

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