How will recent apple product-targeted scams effect you?

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asked Dec 28, 2010 by zman (3,536 points)
This morning I turned on the news and some guy who tracks online scams was saying that 2011 will have a lot of scams that target mobile devices(specifically apple's handhelds and tablets) and some of these will be in the form of an app that installs without you knowing in some cases which sounds an awful lot like a virus to me. I don't use any apple products so i'm calm about it and hopeful that this will make my xp machines less of a target but i'd be concerned if I owned an iphone because there's hardly any protection. What will you do?
commented Dec 28, 2010 by ryebread761 (7,676 points)
You still use XP on multiple machines?
commented Dec 28, 2010 by zman (3,536 points)
ya I use XP because i'm only allowed to use windows in this house and I hate Vista and 7
commented Dec 28, 2010 by TheTechDude (59,790 points)
What is wrong with 7?
commented Dec 28, 2010 by TheTechDude (59,790 points)
From that I take it that you haven't used it for to long.  It runs a lot faster than Vista and never BSOD's.
commented Dec 28, 2010 by zman (3,536 points)
I've used 7 for months on my mom's computer and although it undoubtedly runs faster than Vista and doesn't BSOD, XP is still much better.
commented Dec 28, 2010 by TheTechDude (59,790 points)
What does XP have that 7 doesn't?  What put XP ahead of 7?
commented Dec 28, 2010 by zman (3,536 points)
it's not what XP has, it's what it doesn't have(bloat) although XP does have a program called Internet Reversi that doesn't come with 7
commented Dec 28, 2010 by TheTechDude (59,790 points)
I found XP bloated after using Windows 2000 for a while.  XP then became bloated with it's new GUI (Windows 2000 by Fisher Price looking).  then including messenger at start up.  Felt bloated to me.  Maybe from moving from the slower Vista to the faster 7 made it seem less bloated to me.  May be different for you.
commented Dec 28, 2010 by ryebread761 (7,676 points)
I just don't get one thing, if you want to buy a mac why can't you?
commented Dec 29, 2010 by zman (3,536 points)
I don't want to buy a mac.

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answered Dec 28, 2010 by FizzNakLe (2,506 points)
I haven't heard anything about this but it makes sense. Apple computers don't get viruses because no one uses them (7.7%). When it comes to electronics, which ever ones are the most common are the most attacked. I know how to hack into Coke and Pepsi machines to change prices!

iOS has about 27% of the Smartphone market which makes it the majority now thus the most vulnerable. However, due to the proprietary nature of Apple products, creating a virus/exploit will be more difficult to create. Apple will just push out an update right away to fix the problem anyway.

With other OSs, updates will be harder to push to the user because of the different hardware profiles of each device.

Also, you have to define what you consider a virus or malware: [App Tracking][1]


  [1]: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/12/apple-user-tracking-suit/
commented Dec 28, 2010 by zman (3,536 points)
it also mentioned that android could be a target
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answered Dec 28, 2010 by FizzNakLe (2,506 points)
I actually realized that I didn't answer the question. It won't affect me because I'm very specific about which apps I download on my iPad. I only download from trusted developers e.g. EA Games.
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answered Dec 29, 2010 by adsmac (66 points)
Apple tests every app before they put it in the app store. I don't see anything other way in iso but jailbreak iphone, ipad and ipod touch.
commented Dec 29, 2010 by zman (3,536 points)
it wasn't talking about apps from the app store, just third-party apps
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answered Dec 29, 2010 by zman (3,536 points)
**UPDATE**

SMS messages have recently been used to attack phones. See [Gizmodo Article][1].


  [1]: http://gizmodo.com/5720052/the-simplest++and-most-common++cellphones-are-vulnerable-to-the-sms-of-death
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