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First Ever Malware Scanner for iOS Launched

Intego, a France based Mac OS X anti-virus maker, has dished out the first ever malware scanning app for iOS devices.

According to Computer World (opens in new tab), the VirusBarrier app, having been approved by Apple, is now retailing at the app store for $2.99.

Intego explained that iOS prevents anti-virus software from accessing the file system or perform automatic and scheduled scans. Users would have to manually use the app to scan the device for malware.

The anti-malware app comes with a sandbox, which scans email attachments and files stored on applications like DropBox, on a remote server.

One main drawback is that the app is not able to scan other apps for malware infection. Apart from that, the anti-virus is capable of scanning all types of malware that can affect Windows or Mac OS X as most of the email attachment received end up on a desktop system.

"We've had enterprise customers say that although they know you can't do a full system scan of an iPhone, they don't like the fact that files go through these devices and end up on a Mac or Windows PC. They want their users to be able to check that an attachment is safe,” said Intego spokesperson Peter James.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.