A French security company known for its Mac OS X antivirus software today released the first malware-scanning app for the iPhone and iPad and iPod Touch.
Intego’s VirusBarrier for iOS has been approved by Apple, and debuted on the App Store Tuesday for $2.99.
Because iOS prevents the program from accessing the file system or conducting automatic or scheduled scans — as do virtually all Mac and Windows antivirus software — VirusBarrier must be manually engaged, and then scans only file attachments and files on remote servers, said Peter James, a spokesman for Intego.
The scanning engine and signatures — the digital “fingerprints” used to detect malware — in VirusBarrier for iOS are identical to those used by Intego’s Mac OS X product line.
VirusBarrier for iOS lets iPhone and iPad users run on-demand scans of email attachments before those files are opened or forwarded.
When an email attachment is received by the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, the user can intercede by calling on VirusBarrier, which then scans the file for possible infection before the file is opened or forwarded to others.
VirusBarrier for iOS can be downloaded to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from Apple’s App Store. It requires iOS 4.0 or later.