Intego Intros VirusBarrier for iPhone, iPad

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Intego announced the immediate availability of VirusBarrier iOS on Tuesday. The app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch lets users scan email attachments for malware and virus threats that target Mac OS X and Windows.

VirusBarrier iOSVirusBarrier iOS on the iPad

The app can scan files as email attachments, files on remote servers and files that are already stored on iOS devices, can scan Zip archives, checks Web sites for for phishing URLs, repairs infected files, and auto-updates its malware definitions database.

VirusBarrier iOS is priced at US$2.99 and includes a 12 month subscription for malware definition updates. Annual definition subscriptions cost $1.99.

VirusBarrier iOS is available for download at Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.

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Certainly a reasonable price, but is it really necessary?


Few would argue that it’s necessary, at least not to protect your iPad itself. Virus Barrier’s own description explains that it scans for Mac, Windows and Unix viruses that “can easily be passed on to friends and co-workers directly from your iOS device.”

The especially paranoid my value having this on an iPad as an extra safe “quarantine” zone where they can scan a suspicious email attachment before even viewing the email message on their computer.

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