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Good anti-virus and anti-malware software for iphone 5s


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#1 Farrah2

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:15 AM

Hi

 

I just bought my first ever smartphone (yes, I've been living under a rock) - the iphone 5s. I'm after recommendations for good software to protect it, free if possible.

 

I've looked in the itunes store and the options for anti-virus seem limited. The Mcafee app gets bad reviews and the others I've never heard of, and/or have no reviews. any suggestions would be great.

 

On the anti-malware front, i can't seem to find anything in itunes store when i try to search. I like the Malwarebytes anti-Malware program for my laptop, but unless I'm mistaken the only mobile app they have is for Androids, not iphones. Again, any recommendations would be much appreciated.

 

This novice appreciates your time and ideas...



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:19 AM

The reason they have more anti-virus apps for Android is because the Android platform is more vulnerable to malware. On Android, you are able to download and install a variety of things from unknown sources.

 

For the iPhone, however, anti-virus isn't really needed unless you have jailbroken your device.

 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:38 AM

I agree with HashX on this. It is very unlikely that you will get a virus on an iphone. The apps that can be downloaded or installed are all screened by apple before they ever make it to the app store. If you had a jailbroken device, apps can then be problematic. If you have problems with your web browser, you can reset that by going into settings-safari- clear cache, clear history  etc...


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:28 AM

I don't use Android, Smart Phones, Tablets, iPads, third party apps, etc...but here is some reading material.

* Android Madware and Malware Trends
* Mobile Adware and Malware Analysis
* Battling Malware & Madware
* Madware ads plague Android users

* Does your smartphone really need antivirus software?
* Do smartphones really need antivirus software?
* How effective is antivirus software on smartphones?
* Does Mobile Antivirus Software Really Protect Smartphones?
* Let's dump anti-virus software and move on
* When it comes to mobile devices, viruses are not the problem they are made out to be
* Analyzing Malicious Traffic in Cellular Carriers
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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:22 PM

Several smartphone operating systems (OS) offer no API's at all for AV applications to be able to perform.

 

In iOS (that's the OS of the iPhone), an AV app is like any other app, it has no special privileges or access so that it can monitor the phone resources for malware.

 

So there can not be any good anti-virus programs for the iPhone, because the OS does not provide the features required for an AV program to be able to do a good job.


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 09:00 PM

And it has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software.
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:10 AM

I agree with HashX on this. It is very unlikely that you will get a virus on an iphone. The apps that can be downloaded or installed are all screened by apple before they ever make it to the app store. If you had a jailbroken device, apps can then be problematic. If you have problems with your web browser, you can reset that by going into settings-safari- clear cache, clear history  etc...

Thanks both to you and HashX. My device isn't jailbroken. I just can't seem to stop envisaging a situation where I'm online on the iphone and I accidently click something I shouldn't and download a virus by accident. Isn't that still possible? Forgive my ignorance!



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:13 AM

Thanks for this - I will have a read. Out of curiosity - why don't you use any of those devices you've mentioned?



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 09:09 AM

At my age all I need is a basic cell phone and I even have trouble reading the screen on it. Bifocals don't help much.

For anything else I just use my Desktop which has a very large monitor which makes reading much easier on my crusty old eyes.
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Posted 02 February 2014 - 03:15 PM

At my age all I need is a basic cell phone and I even have trouble reading the screen on it. Bifocals don't help much.

For anything else I just use my Desktop which has a very large monitor which makes reading much easier on my crusty old eyes.

 

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:16 PM

Now try doing that on a smart phone. :hysterical:


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Posted 16 October 2016 - 02:25 PM

thanks for the inputs :guitar:



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Posted 16 October 2016 - 03:48 PM

Well this topic is over two years old but you're welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community.
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Posted 16 October 2016 - 11:16 PM

thanks and sorry :notme:



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 05:34 AM

That's ok.
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