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VirusBarrier for iOS 8 review

Intego’s VirusBarrier gives you peace of mind without becoming over-bearing

Apple’s solid reputation for providing watertight security within iOS was rocked last year by the emergence of several security vulnerabilities and a high-profile iCloud celebrity hacking scandal. It was a wake-up call for iOS users, who before this, never really had to think about putting any sort of security in place for their devices. Now before you start panicking and reaching for your retro Nokia 3310 phone, it’s important to make one thing clear: if you’re using iOS and your device isn’t jailbroken, the chances of picking up a virus is pretty small.

Having said that, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! As a result, there has been a demand for virus and malware scanning apps, especially the ones developed to catch nasty viruses before they infiltrate your iOS device. There are a whole host of virus scanning apps out there, but we’re going to take a look at Intego’s VirusBarrier app, which aims to prevent virus and malware infecting your device from attachments and files shared from cloud storage services.

Getting started with VirusBarrier is a doddle. Launch the app and you’re given a walkthrough of its key features. VirusBarrier comprises three main functions: scanning
files from within any app (including third-party apps) via the Share button, scanning cloud storage services such as Dropbox and scanning attachments from emails. All of these functions are extremely easy to set up and use; in fact, most of VirusBarrier’s functions are controlled outside of the app interface. Talking of which, the interface is basic, yet functional. You navigate using three menus: Scan, Results and Settings. In the Scan menu, you can set up locations that you want to scan such as your Dropbox, Google Drive, or even a file-sharing (FTP) server, whilst the Results interface displays all virus scan results.

One of VirusBarrier’s biggest benefits is the control it offers users: you’re not forced to scan your entire system every day or week like you have to with other services such as McAfee or Norton. For this reason, VirusBarrier doesn’t slow down your iOS software. It doesn’t run or lurk in the background; it waits for you. VirusBarrier also stays up-to-date with the latest circulating viruses, meaning that you won’t ever get caught out.

If you’re looking for peace of mind without the shackles of always on and always on guard security software, look no further than Intego’s VirusBarrier.