iPad Pro Commercial

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I saw an iPad commercial that I found amusing.

“An iPad Pro doesn’t get PC viruses …” Well, I guess that’s technically correct.

“… so there’s nothing to be afraid of.” Hmm, except maybe other kinds of malware. And security/privacy flaws that are unrelated to the device. Only being able to download things from the App Store should help limit risks, but “there’s nothing to be afraid of” might be taking it a little too far.

A 2011 NDSS paper, “PiOS: Detecting Privacy Leaks in iOS Applications,” found that, despite Apple’s vetting process for third-party applications offered in their App Store, more than half of the 1,400 applications they analyzed leak devices’ unique IDs, which poses a privacy risk because it “allows third-parties to create detailed profiles of users’ application preferences and usage patterns.” In a 2012 IEEESSP (Oakland) paper, “Dissecting Android Malware: Characterization and Evolution,” researchers at NC State discovered, among other contributions, that 86% of the 1260 Android malware samples they analyzed “repackage legitimate apps to include malicious payloads.”

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