Wi-Fi versions of the iPad will be released in late March, while 3G versions are shipping in April. With less than two months left until the release of the iPad, people are wondering if a security researcher, Charlie Miller will discover an iPad virus in the operating system that the iPad uses. Back in July Charlie Miller discovered an iPhone virus SMS exploit, and Apple took more than 6 months to patch it and release an update.
If an iPad virus is discovered, it isn't likely that Apple will issue an update very quickly so iPad users must be prepared to defend themselves against viruses. Usually computers have anti-virus systems in place, but the iPad uses iPhone OS and doesn't have much protection. Thankfully iPad users can still get rid of any potential iPad viruses by following the instructions below.
How to stay safe from future iPad virus
If you ever get a virus on your iPad, connect it to iTunes and click the Restore button. This will restore your iPad to the default factory conditions and you can re-download any iPad apps you downloaded before. If you have the iPad 3G, you can additionally put your iPad in airplane mode to prevent viruses that log your data by doing the following: Go to Settings -> Airplane Mode and slide the button to Off.