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The one way to know your iPad or iPhone has a virus

We used to think that Apple iOS gadgets were pretty immune to viruses and malware. Sadly, over the past year hackers have turned their attention to our mobile gear. Honestly, I'm not surprised at all. Why?

Stop for a moment and think about how much of your life is on your iPhone or iPad. Personal photos, friends and family contacts, your exact GPS location, your email and probably much more are all on that handy little gadget you carry around.

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Let's start just with your email: personal messages, bills from utilities and insurance carriers and financial communications from your bank and credit cards all land in your email inbox. With this info, a hacker can visit your online accounts and request new passwords. And where do those requests go? Right to your email, where the hacker is camping out just waiting for them.

With these keys to your online and financial life, a cybercrook has more than enough to steal your identity, wipe out your existing accounts and set up new ones to ring up thousands in debt that will show up on your credit report that lenders will expect you to pay back.

The scary reality is that a virus on your iPad or iPhone can give the bad guys nearly unlimited access to your life. So do I have your attention yet? I hope so!

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