While there are many security applications for Android, BlackBerry and other mobile platforms, they have been conspicuously absent on Apple’s App Store. Apple has been resistant to requests from security companies interested in developing antivirus software for iOS devices. While there is no known malware for iOS, files can flow through your device into your computers at home and at work, by e-mail, or via remote locations such as MobileMe or Dropbox. Mac and Windows viruses, malware and worms will take any path they can to get into your home and work computers, and can easily be passed on to friends and co-workers directly from your iOS device.
Today, Mac security firm Intego has introduced VirusBarrier iOS, the first ever antivirus and malware scanner app for apple iPhone and iPad, to protect your iOS device from Viruses and Malware to it’s extreme. Based on the award-winning technology of Intego’s Mac OS X anti-malware tool, VirusBarrier X6, VirusBarrier has ability to detect and eradicate all known malware affecting Windows or Mac OS X: viruses, worms, Trojan horses, fake antiviruses, and other types of malware that might otherwise pass through undetected.
The app however, will not be able to scan other applications, but rather the contents of those applications. For example the app is able to scan emails, as well as documents and other locations within iOS that are directly rendered to users, for any hidden malware before you transfer it to your computer, which basically makes the app a guard between your iOS device and your computer.
Also, due to the secure design of iOS, it is not possible to scan files automatically or to run scheduled scans. VirusBarrier iOS is just an “on-demand” detection system that lets users scan files when they want to, or before passing them on to friends and associates.
VirusBarrier iOS offers the following features on demand:
- On-demand scans of files received by e-mail, on remote locations, or on iOS devices
- Scans files for Mac, Windows and Unix viruses and malware
- Scans files for spyware, Trojan horses, adware, hacker tools, dialers, keyloggers and more
- Scans ZIP archives
- Repairs infected files
- Scans email attachments*, files downloaded from Safari*, and files accessed by apps supporting inter-app file transfers*.
- Scans remote locations, such as DropBox, iDisks and WebDAV shares
- Scan websites for known phishing URLs, web threats, and malware hosting
- Automatically updates malware definitions
- Completes scans in the background
- Keeps logs of scans
- Includes a 1-year subscription to malware definitions
VirusBarrier iOS uses malware definitions that are updated regularly. When users initially purchase VirusBarrier , the program includes a 12-month subscription to Intego’s malware definition updates. At the end of the 12-month period, you may purchase an additional subscription. The subscription renews automatically unless auto-renew is turned off in your iTunes Store account at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for a new subscription automatically within 24 hours prior to the end of your 12-month subscription. You can manage your subscription in your iTunes Store account settings.
VirusBarrier iOS is available from Apple’s App Store for only $2.99. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.