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Can tablets get a virus?

I want to buy a Barnes & Noble tablet but I want to make sure they’re safe to use. On my home pc I have a virus and registry cleaner installed that does a pretty good job. To my knowledge, tablets don’t have this option. Are they safe?

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    Limesticks
    Posted 1 year ago

    In theory: Yes.

    But, it’s not likely that your tablet will become infected. There simply aren’t many viruses made for the operating systems that tablets run on, so there’s no big chance of becoming infected.

      randyrayd
      Posted 1 year ago

      Sure they can get infected with a virus or malware. You can download AV apps though. Do a websearch for Antivirus apps for tablets and you’ll get the info.

      and BS to Macs not getting infected. What about the Flashback trojan attack? 600,000 Macs infected. http://blogs.computerworld.com/19992/a_windows_user_gloats_macs_are_vulnerable_too

        Jack
        Posted 1 year ago

        if its an iPad than NO
        but all others than YES.

          The Contentious Otter
          Posted 1 year ago

          There’s no such thing as a virus proof operating system. That being said the Barnes & Noble tablet uses Android which is a cut down version of Debian Linux. Android handles root access a little differently than Debian, Ubuntu or Mint so it’s not quite as secure but it’s still significantly less virus prone than a Windows computer.

          Also, the person who said an iPad can’t get a virus is wrong. There are IOS viruses circulating right now. IOS is no more secure than Android.

        4 comments on “Can tablets get a virus?

        1. Limesticks on said:

          In theory: Yes.

          But, it’s not likely that your tablet will become infected. There simply aren’t many viruses made for the operating systems that tablets run on, so there’s no big chance of becoming infected.

        2. randyrayd on said:

          Sure they can get infected with a virus or malware. You can download AV apps though. Do a websearch for Antivirus apps for tablets and you’ll get the info.

          and BS to Macs not getting infected. What about the Flashback trojan attack? 600,000 Macs infected. http://blogs.computerworld.com/19992/a_windows_user_gloats_macs_are_vulnerable_too

        3. if its an iPad than NO
          but all others than YES.

        4. The Contentious Otter on said:

          There’s no such thing as a virus proof operating system. That being said the Barnes & Noble tablet uses Android which is a cut down version of Debian Linux. Android handles root access a little differently than Debian, Ubuntu or Mint so it’s not quite as secure but it’s still significantly less virus prone than a Windows computer.

          Also, the person who said an iPad can’t get a virus is wrong. There are IOS viruses circulating right now. IOS is no more secure than Android.

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