1. whitbags's Avatar
    Possibly a daft question, but someone asked me this and I was stumped..

    How is it we can surf the net on a tablet yet, unlike a PC, don't require AV software? Why is my online banking etc not at risk?
    08-14-12 01:36 PM
  2. saudadeii's Avatar
    Well 2 reasons.

    1. Security - The OS is very secure.

    2. Obscurity - The OS has a minuscule market share. If news of a Playbook virus surfaced, most of the world would probably ask "what's a Playbook?". No hacker is going to waste time overcoming #1 above for little to no recognition.

    As long as your web connections are https, then your connection is secure as well and you can online bank, shop, surf in safety.
    08-14-12 02:44 PM
  3. saudadeii's Avatar
    From the KB on the recent Flash Vulnerability

    http://btsc.webapps.blackberry.com/b...ListHelperImpl

    "On the BlackBerry PlayBook, the BlackBerry Tablet OS is designed to restrict an application's access to system resources and the private data of other applications, which limits the risk and exposure to customers. There are no known attacks against BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users at this time."
    08-14-12 02:48 PM
  4. FreeJACLive's Avatar
    Just like there is PC software, MAC software, iOS software, BBOS etc. Malware has to be written for a particular platform. Some of the newer malwares included code for both PC and MAC. A lot of MACs sit there will PC malware on them, but it doesn't do anything because it was not designed for that platform. Tablets run in a sandbox mode and there isn't much of an operating system for malware to muck with. Bad guys will write malware for a platform that is highly used that is why most malware is PC because that is the biggest piece of the pie. Only someone who wanted to wast their time and not make a dime would make malware for a Playbook. (Small user base plus the government level security built-in)
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    08-14-12 02:48 PM
  5. whitbags's Avatar
    So, presumably it would be worthwhile writing malware for Apple machines, including iPad? There are 10s of millions of the things out there. And you need a fair few quid in the bank to buy an Apple gadget which would make owners attractive targets !!
    Last edited by whitbags; 08-14-12 at 06:10 PM.
    08-14-12 06:07 PM
  6. diegonei's Avatar
    I prefer the official statement on this:

    Q: What about viruses and other malware?
    A: Viruses are desktop computing phenomenon that are unusual in embedded devices. While the QNX Neutrino RTOS does have desktop components, there are currently no documented cases of a virus specifically designed for it. This, along with the fact the RTOS supports a fully POSIX-compliant user-privilege model, robust design fundamentals, and fault tolerance, makes a virus attack on it unlikely. There are no existing virus or malware scanners for the QNX Neutrino RTOS and QNX Software Systems does not anticipate a need for these types of products.
    Q: What about Internet security?
    A: The QNX Neutrino RTOS handles all aspects of Internet security. If secure communications is required over an Internet connection, QNX extended networking technology supports IPSec and various secure protocols such as SSL and HTTPS. The QNX Neutrino RTOS also supports POSIX-user authentication and privilege enforcement. In addition, QNX-based adaptive partitioning and high availability can mitigate and actively resolve external attacks. The QNX Neutrino RTOS can still have vulnerabilities and if detected, are taken seriously; QNX Software Systems issues patches to fix vulnerabilities as soon as possible.
    Source: QNX Software Systems - Security FAQ
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    08-14-12 07:04 PM
  7. Angus_CB's Avatar
    So, presumably it would be worthwhile writing malware for Apple machines, including iPad? There are 10s of millions of the things out there. And you need a fair few quid in the bank to buy an Apple gadget which would make owners attractive targets !!
    It's been done.
    08-14-12 07:19 PM
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