Windows Edition: Are Tablets Subject to Viruses or Malware?

Every now and then, the world produces a true visionary, someone who changes absolutely everything. I find it interesting how people often assume that visionaries are automatically beneficial to the world. Often they are, but not always. I mean it’s not much of a stretch to say Adolph Hitler was a visionary. Although… we all know how his vision ended. It’s important to remember, some people’s dreams are other people’s nightmares.

Anyway, let’s have a quick look at some of the world’s more benevolent visionaries, people like:

    • Leonardo da Vinci
    • Thomas Edison
    • Jules Verne
    • Gene Roddenberry (Sure… why not?)
    • Henry Ford

I often wonder what would happen if Henry Ford could travel through time to observe today’s automation and mass production. To be honest, I’m not sure if he would be appalled or impressed. I’m guessing he’d most likely be a little bit of both.

I’ll be the first to admit that mass production has raised the living standard of billions of people across the planet. Of course, this is a good thing. That being said, there’s this cynical side of my brain, that won’t be silent. I can’t help but also see the dark side of mass production, things like:

Chinese factory workers killing themselves.

Mechanically separated, chemically sterilized, artificially flavored meat paste. Tay-stay!

Rotating shifts

Guess you have to accept the good with the bad. Huh. Now, where was I? Ah… visionaries!

The business world loves its visionaries. In boardrooms across the planet, they are elevated to the status of demigods. Steve Jobs could certainly fall into this category, and deservedly so. He is responsible for some of the most significant developments in computer electronics in history, including items like the Mac computer, the iPod, iPhone, and the revolutionary iPad.

Without a doubt, the iPad could be described as a game changer. To this day, no one has come close to matching the allure, and market share of the iPad, in all its forms, and permutations. Its introduction forced other electronics manufacturers to jump on the proverbial tablet PC bandwagon, and all quick-like. In fact, the rush to market may have led to the stumbling of such major players as RIM, and HP. While I hardly believe this marks the end of these companies, I think it’s indicative of the significance of tablet computers. Everybody wants a share of the market. So much so that companies are even developing their own operating systems, specific to tablet PCs. Some of these include the following:

    • Android Ice Cream Sandwich (coming soon)
    • Android (Honeycomb) Mobile OS
    • Android Gingerbread OS
    • Apple iOS
    • HP webOS 3.0
    • BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition OS
    • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional OS
    • Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet OS (coming sometime 2012)

In Parts 1 & 2 of “Are Tablets Subject to Virus’ or Malware?” we learned that anything that can be programed could be cracked. We also learned that there are plenty of ne’er-do-wells out there just itching to create strife for the masses.

Oooouh! Look at me. I’m a douchebag that takes pleasure in &%#$@* with the lives of others. I’m SO BADASS! One day, everybody will know my name, and spit. Perhaps even throw up in their mouths a bit. I’M A SOMEBODY! I’M A SOMEBODY! I’M LIVIN’ THE LIFE!

Mom… could you please get me a PB & J sandwich with the crust cut off?

Okay, so I have an issue with hackers…

As a writer it’s impossible to know what each individual reader knows. At Let’s Talk Tablets our mission is to inform, educate, and entertain our readers regarding all aspects of tablet computers. Some of our readers know all about tablet PCs, others know very little… and that’s okay. We try to balance our articles so that they are of equal interest to those in the know, as well as those who haven’t got a clue. That being said, it may come as a surprise to some that certain tablets use Windows 7 as an operating system (OS). It’s true.

One clear advantage to Window OS is its intrinsic compatibility with Microsoft’s Office Suite, and other inter-related desktop applications. These include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Word
    • PowerPoint
    • Excel
    • Outlook/Entourage

In comparison to say, iOS or Android operating systems, Windows OS offers few, if any apps. However, there’s reason to believe this may change. As things stand right now, Microsoft is in beta development of a touch-friendly OS, known as Windows 8. Presently, the hotly anticipated operating system is undergoing extensive testing to ensure both a smooth launch, and bug-free operation. Although no one knows the exact date, it will be released sometime in 2012. Until then, Windows 7 based tablets will more than adequately fill the need. If you think a windows based tablet will suit your needs, we’ve complied a list of some of the most significant players. Check it:

List of Windows Based Tablet PCs

Not expesnive enough for your blood? Check out these heavy duty Windows 7 tablets.

Norton™ AntiVirus 2012

The above list should give you plenty to choose from, or, at least give you somewhere to start. Of course, any Windows-based tablet would be best protected by anti-virus software. Fortunately for you, we can suggest a solution. Behold, we present Norton™ AntiVirus 2012.

Anyone familiar with antivirus protection will surely recognize the name Norton™. Selling for $39.99, Norton is the gold standard when it comes to combating computer viruses, spyware, and malware. Norton, ranked #1, has a proven track record, and provides the industry’s most effective malware protection with four distinct layers of protection. Combined, these layers detect and eliminate online threats before they can infect your computer.

Norton™ AntiVirus 2012 also features “SONAR 4 Behavioral Protection”. SONAR 4 detects new threats by continually monitoring your tablet PC for unusual behavior. Because malicious programs often cause erratic behaviour in computers, Norton™ AntiVirus quickly keys in on unusual activity to accurately detect and eliminate new threats before they become a problem. Norton™ also features “Download Insight 2.0” which protects devices from dangerous applications. Download Insight 2.0 warns you beforehand if an application may harm the health and stability of your computer. In short, Norton™ AntiVirus does it all. It protects against and offers the following key technologies:

    • Antivirus
    • Antispyware
    • Browser protection
    • Network mapping and monitoring
    • Worm protection
    • Rootkit protection

The list of features mentioned above still does not cover all of the protection offered by Norton™ AntiVirus 2012. To get full details check out the Norton website.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our series on malware, and trust that you’ll do your best to eliminate the risks before they occur. Please let us know if this series has been helpful to you. We look forward to your feedback, whether positive or negative. Happy tablet computing.

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