Can IPhones get viruses?
How to Detect Malware + Viruses on Your iPhone
It’s easy to revel in false security and believe our iPhones can’t be infected by viruses.
No system is completely invulnerable, however, so it’s important to know that yes, your phone can be infected with viruses and other iPhone malware.
And with so much personal information stored on our iPhones, it’s terrible to think what a hacker could accomplish.
How to Keep Your Device Safe
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently stated,
“iPhone, iPad, and Mac are the best tools for work, offering best user experience and the strongest security.”
While that assertion may be true, iPhone owners need to do their part to keep their devices virus free, and not just rely on Apple to keep malware at bay.
So how do we protect our devices against malware and viruses?
1. Don’t Jailbreak Your iPhone
Sometimes there’s a temptation to jailbreak an iPhone so that software and apps outside of the Apple ecosystem can
While it’s an understandable urge, once you jailbreak your iPhone you not only void your warranty.
But you also leave your device open to the malware it was formerly protected against.
According to Palo Alto Networks, more than 225,000 jailbreakers had their data breached and Apple ID usernames and passwords stolen by malware named KeyRaider in 2015.
Once you’ve jailbroken your phone, you’ll most likely be turned away if you bring your device to be serviced at an Apple Store.
In my opinion, any convenience you may add by uploading unauthorized software is far outweighed by the prospect of having to buy a new iPhone if your current device gets hacked.
Beyond that, there’s the potential stress of identity theft, and all the countless hours it will take to change passwords, call banks and credit card companies, and check your credit report. Just don’t jailbreak, OK?
2. Keep Your iOS Up to Date
It can be tempting to wait on updating your operating system; it seems like you just got comfortable with the last version! There’s a very good reason to make the switch as soon as possible, though.
Operating system updates are a way for Apple to introduce new features and ﬁ x bugs, but also to keep security at the highest possible level.
When a security breach, or even the possibility of one is detected, Apple programmers get to work ﬁ xing the cracks in your iPhone’s armor.
Waiting to switch to the latest version of iOS leaves your iPhone vulnerable to malware, so update as soon as you can, every time.
3. Avoid iPhone Malware and Viruses from Apps
One of the easiest ways to keep viruses and other malware off of your iPhone is to only purchase apps through the Apple App Store (which you’re limited to anyway if you haven’t jailbroken your device).
Apple’s App Store has historically been a secure platform for purchasing approved apps from vetted developers.
This is because once a Trojan Horse or other malware app is purchased and downloaded, hackers can access your phone in ways you might not have imagined.
If your phone is infected with spyware, your keystrokes can be logged, your camera and keypad highjacked, and your personal data can be stolen.
4. Avoid Suspicious Links, Phishing & Robocallers
I think we’ve all had the experience by now:
A questionable download in an email from a friend, a robocall that urges prompt action on a past-due account, an email from your insurance company requesting that you follow a link to update your account information.
Any of these might be legitimate, or they might be trying to get access to your iPhone or your personal data.
If you’ve received an email or message on social media
with a link or download that seems different than your usual conversational style
or content with the sender, text or call to make sure your friend is really the one who sent that message before downloading or opening anything.
If your friend’s email or social media account has been hacked, it may be sending messages to their contacts without their knowledge in an attempt to spread the malware further.
5. Avoid Tricky Pop-Ups
Sometimes a pop-up will appear on your screen that says something really ofﬁcial sounding—
it may even appear to be from Apple! The pop-up is usually a variant of something like this:
“Warning! Your iPhone has been compromised by a virus! Scan now!”
There’s a button to tap which will supposedly scan your iPhone for the offending virus.
when in reality this is a link that will infect your device with malware.
If you see something like this come up on your screen, never ever engage with the pop-up. Exit the website or app.
6. Back up Your iPhone
It’s important to regularly back up your iPhone. Whether you back up your device with iCloud, iTunes, or both, your photos, contacts, and other important data are preserved.
An iCloud backup will be stored in the cloud, and an iTunes backup will save your data on your computer
having both is a double assurance that if your iPhone picks up malware, or is lost or stolen.
you’ll still have access to all the information it contained.
Also, you can use your backups to restore your phone if necessary.