9 tips to protect your iPhone from malware and viruses
It is quite common for iPhone users to think that Apple's smartphone cannot be infected with malware, but unfortunately that is no longer true. In recent years, we've seen some good examples of how these devices can be affected and how these malware can easily be infiltrated without the user realizing, requiring measures to protect their iPhone.
Therefore, it is extremely important to be very careful, after all, thinking that the device is immune usually makes the user act more reckless than usual. So, nothing better than knowing some tips that can be very useful to protect your iPhone from malware, is not it ?! Check out our list below:
1. Know the risks
Recently, malware called XcodeGhost has infiltrated thousands of Apple smartphones through applications downloaded from the App Store itself. This makes it clear that you no longer need to jailbreak to start worrying about malware infection and any device is vulnerable to such attacks.
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2. Do not jailbreak your iPhone
Of course, we had to talk more about jaibreak mentioned in the topic above, as it opens even more doors for possible malware on your iPhone. Of course, doing this gives you some pretty cool benefits, you have the ability to install even more apps, and you have far wider access to the system, but the risks may not be worth it.
By removing all restrictions imposed by Apple, you also remove much of the security Apple tries to provide with its closed system. You will be more vulnerable to malicious apps and will take longer to receive updates, which in itself may pose security risks as any bugs or issues discovered in your iOS version will not be fixed longer than usual.
3. If you do, be careful
If you have already jailbroken or are sure to do the procedure anyway, we can only recommend that you take great care with your iPhone. After all, jailbreaking doesn't mean malware will come flying to attack your device automatically, and that kind of thing completely depends on how the user behaves and uses his iPhone.
A very important tip we can give in this case is that you always use Cydia (the software that allows you to install apps that are not in the App Store), as it is much better known and safe than other programs of its kind, even that still can't offer App Store level security.
You also need to choose your applications very carefully and research extensively before installing them. Even if many people speak well of a specific app, chances are that it is infected with malware, so remember to be very careful about it.
4. Keep device up to date
And we're not just talking about the big updates and new versions of iOS coming out each year with Apple's new devices, but the little updates that are released more often to fix these potential issues. These updates are always notified via notifications on your device, so there's no excuse for leaving your iPhone out of date!
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5. Use only trusted computers
We're sure this risk doesn't even cross the minds of most iPhone users, but you also need to be very careful about where you connect your smartphone. Only do this on trusted computers and avoid plugging your device into public devices to protect your iPhone.
It may seem overkill, but in 2013 it was discovered that it was possible to hide a small device in public iPhone chargers to gain access to information from devices that were connected to them. So think twice about plugging in your iPhone anywhere.
6. Install anti-malware apps
There aren't many anti-malware apps on the App Store to protect your iPhone, but you can still find some, like Lookout (which can be downloaded at this link). It is very reliable and functional, having a great reputation among Android users for a long time.
It also offers some cool features that help you find lost iPhones and back up many of your files. Lookout is still completely free and really worth having a little more security on your iPhone.
7. Avoid Strange Profiles
To do this, just go to "Settings", select the "General" tab and look for the profile management option. There, you should see things related to the apps you have installed on your smartphone, but if you find anything strange or related to something you have not installed, it is best to remove it immediately. It could be some malware with access to your iPhone without you knowing it.
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8. Don't browse strange websites…
Sites of dubious origin also help your iPhone catch some viruses or malware. Safari guarantees greater security from the outset by sending an alert every time a website tries to send malware to your smartphone. Do not ignore these warnings…
9. Restore your iPhone!
If you happen to be infected with a virus, don't worry. After all, there is always a way around this. When you see a message that you have been infected or suspect it has happened, the best you can do is restore your iPhone. If you don't know how to do it, this article will surely help you.
So, did you take advantage of our tips to protect your iPhone from malware and malicious apps? Leave your comment telling us what you think of our recommendations, if they could help you in any way or if you have any questions about it!