Isn’t the iPad phenomenon interesting! I’m firmly in the camp that it’s a “good thing”, and having played with one I think it’s wrong to compare it with a laptop – the whole concept is different. It’s not about having a small form factor fully functional computer – it’s about having a small device that is instant on and gives you access to web/cloud services and media.
- The only virus I’ve seen was the the Rick Astley concept virus. I’m sure there will be others, but at the moment there is less of a focus on the iPhone for malware. (And I’m not planning to jailbreak any time soon.)
- The sandbox environment makes it less likely a badly behaved/insecure application can undermine the entire phone. Not by any means infallible, but not a bad start.
- The device is simpler than a computer running a full operating system. Simpler = less to go wrong = easier to secure.
So on one hand you have a device that has little in the way of enterprise security features you might expect in a laptop (full disk encryption, password management etc.). But on the other you have a simple device that for accessing cloud or web type services – where the data is not stored on the device – which is perfect.
- If your need is access to sensitive information/data/applications without local data – the iPad is a great device.
- If your need is storage and local handling of sensitive data/applications – stick with a laptop for now!