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#1 susan2317

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:16 AM

On my iPhone 4S

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:32 AM

Not sure what you're asking here? Are you looking for an Antivirus for your iphone. Or are you asking how to check for a virus?

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:34 PM

Actually both ? One to check and one to stay protected

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:03 PM

To the best of my knowledge (I don't own an iphone) the architecture of the iphone's OS preclude the need for an anti-virus. However there is a small group who disagree with that perception. You'll need to do some Google searches to find members of the group that cater to malware protection on iphones.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:36 AM

To my knowledge, there are no anti-virus programs that specifically check to see if your iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or iPad Mini) is infected.

 

In theory, there is less need for this as iOS uses a heavily "sandboxed" approach to things (which is big reason why it is not as flexible or customizable as Android).  This makes it much tougher in general to get an "infection", although it should still be possible in theory (more likely something like a Trojan Horse rather than a virus).

 

There are some anti-virus programs that you can use to do an "On Demand" scan for things like Windows viruses/malware (for example, if you get a Word document as an attachment to email, then you can use one of these On Demand scanners to check that Word file for viruses/malware).

 

Now, if you "jailbreak" your iOS device, then it is potentially much more vulnerable.  The reason to "jailbreak" an iOS device is to essentially get around much of the "sandboxing" in the OS.

 

End result is that there is not really anything out there to use to scan an iPhone for malware.  And generally, you don't need to worry to much about malware on an iOS device.  You should still practice "safe computing" (i.e. don't click on links or open attachments from an email message from someone you don't know or where not expecting) since in theory a Trojan Horse might be possible at some point (I am not aware of any Trojan Horses "in the wild" for iOS).


Edited by smax013, 28 March 2013 - 09:38 AM.


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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:07 AM

Keep in mind that jailbreaking can be a blessing or a burden. It can open the possibility of your filesystem getting wrecked (more likely by yourself), but it also patches some security issues not covered by Apple. For example, there's currently a security flaw where the passcode can be completely bypassed:

 

http://iphone-unlock-software.com/uncategorized/new-iphone-security-flaw-discovered-after-ios-6-1-3-evasion-jailbreak-patch/

 

However, upon jailbreaking a patch is automatically enabled that prevents this exploit. Apple still has not yet patched this, and likely will not till ios 7, which releases in several months.


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