Most people don't even worry about their tablets getting a virus, although if you think about it you'd realize that tablets are just a more mobile computer, some run the same operating systems as their desktop or laptop brothers without the added bulk!
So read on to learn what you need to know about your tablet!
Because they are based on the Windows operating system, they're easier to learn how to use... but that also makes them easier for those who write viruses to exploit. Also, be aware that some viruses are able to jump from your desktop to your tablet.
You should download and install a quality virus scanner and run it on a schedule (once a week is genearlly good) to make sure your tablet doesn't have any viruses.
Android has steadily become a popular operating system as the years have gone by, because of this and the fact that Google doesn't do a thorough job checking apps uploaded to the Google Play store it makes these tablets a prime target for those who want to install a virus on your tablet.
Whenever you download an app from the Google Play store it will ask for your permission to download; this is normal. If it also asks for your permission to use your contacts, send text messages, or place calls (this may not be good), be very wary of the app. The virus (once installed) will place calls or send texts to numbers that require you to pay a fee to be connected and that is how the virus writers make money.
There have been so few vulnerabilities for the iPad you could count them on one hand. Apple has patched them all up and there are no known vulnerabilities for the iPad at the moment. That's not to say that it won't happen at some point, but at least for now it's the tablet that's least likely to get a virus.
Apple also keeps a tight control on any Apps released into the iTunes store, they test for any viruses before the App is released to the public. They're running a tight ship!