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Is it safe to download a photo from Facebook's page?

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#1 janjankole


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 12:27 PM

Hi friends. I am talking about Iphone SE that i own. I need to download a couple of photos from a page on facebook. So i will head to the photos on that page and download them from there. I won't open them but i will directly upload them to my facebook account and then delete them. 
My questions are basically two-
If a photo is uploaded on facebook by someone on his facebook page, is it possible for that photo to contain virus/malware and still to be uploaded on Facebook?
If i download the photo (Iphone SE) on my phone and simply upload it on my page, without even opening the photo, and delete it immidiatelly after from my device, is there any danger of anything happening to my phone.
The facebook's page i am talking about is managed by group of hackers, that is why i wonder. 
Thanks :)

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#2 STS-1


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Posted 22 March 2018 - 01:53 AM

Yes it is possible to embed a virus in a jpg or other picture format, as you are downloading it on an iOS device, the virus would have to have been written in a way that attacks iOS, unless it is a Windows computer that you use to access Facebook, because if there was a virus there, you can spread it from the iOS device to the Windows device and infect your Windows PC. However any good reliable AV program should be able to scan it to see if it is safe, however even though they are advertised as compatible with iOS, most AV programs do not work on iOS, it is the parental controls and location features of the AV software that are compatible with iOS (I believe Apple has put its own virus protection into

iOS, how effective it would be I do not know as I do not use a iOS device)

Edited by STS-1, 22 March 2018 - 01:56 AM.

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