How to Detect Malware + Viruses on Your iPhone
by leanne hays
t’s easy to revel in false security and believe our
How to Keep Your Device
iPhones can’t be infected by viruses; after all,
the Apple ecosystem has a great track record for
safety and defense against electronic invasion of
all kinds. 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
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently stated, “iPhone, iPad, and
Mac are the best tools for work, offering the world’s 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? Below, we’ll show you how to protect
your device and how to know if it’s been infected.
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
be uploaded. 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 Key-
Raider 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 fix 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 fixing 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.
What’s the Difference Between Malware and a Virus?
The term virus has entered the common vernacular to mean any unwanted invader of a computer or handheld device, but if
we’re technical, there is a difference between a virus and malware. Malware is short for malicious software and includes anything that can harm your devices or steal your personal information. Viruses are a specific type of malware that replicate themselves by modifying software with their own code once they’ve invaded.