Do I have to worry about viruses and such on the iPhone?
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Do I have to worry about viruses and such on the iPhone?
If yes, what tools are there to protect my phone?

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  • Taty

    Actually there are a series of worms that have been attacking iPhones and its so very many vulnerabilities. Beware of any strange behaviors and of your private information. With its popularity, they are bound to become more prevalent. Anything can be cracked. All you need is to have enough people using the Os. And that’s the case here, so don’t get complacent. A good article on vulnerabilities:
    http://www.forbes.com/2007/08/04/iphone-apple-mac-tech-cx_ag_0804miller.html

    • Chris

      iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches can’t get viruses even if anyone tries to creat one because they are open source which means you can’t customize them however you and nothing can change the way it works. so if there was a virus that stops you from opening apps or any virus that does anything, it won’t let that happen because that would mean customizing and it would have to be open source for that to happen. There is a way to make it open source and that is by jailbreaking, so make sure not to jailbreak and you will be alright. forget what Taty said, She is completely wrong. Trust me I litteraly know everything about apple.

    • Taty

      Wow. I guess the only comment I can make here is that Chris needs to educate himself on how viruses work and what open source is (try getting out of the Apple brainwashing cocoon for a little bit). 
      Apple’s own operating system (OSX) took most of its shell from BSD, which is an open source licensed operating system. It routinely takes ideas from open source and has its own open source project to help develop software.
      Actually it also seems to take ideas from Jailbreak (which is open source):http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-steal-jailbreak-2011-6 Viruses don’t attack because they can “customize” open source. If that were true Windows would never get viruses, because they absolutely aren’t open source. Also, one of the safest operating systems in the marked is Linux, which is 100% open source.One of the reasons you haven’t seen a lot of attacks is not because they aren’t “open source”. It’s because they control every single move their users make, and only allow installation from their own store, and not from other websites, and the apps being sold on their store have already been checked for viruses.Apple devices have very many security flaws that can be used to initiate an attack. Jailbreak actually uses one of these vulnerabilities to deploy their changes. So if Iphones couldn’t be hacked or infected, there wouldn’t be Jailbreak.Ironically, it is Jailbreak that lets Apple know of its many vulnerabilities. Several of their security patches were created after their weaknesses were pointed out on the Jailbreak website. They actually released patches for many of the holes on Apple’s systems before Apple itself did.

      Jailbreaking the phones allows the users to get apps from anywhere, which does leave them a little more exposed to malicious code someone has embedded on an app from a site that doesn’t check their content. The only reason viruses don’t spread quickly is that unlike computers, mobile users don’t freely share content from their machines with one another, which makes it harder for viruses to spread. Knowing that, it is less interesting for people to develop viruses if they won’t spread broadly. That has also helped Apple computers. With a single digit section of the market, they just aren’t efficient means of spreading an infection.People can believe what they want. I have no intentions of trying to counter all comments on this topic. Decided I had to post this one because it mistakenly confuses “security flaws” with “being open source”, and that huge distinction had to be corrected. They are not the same thing and need not to be confused.

    • Tony

      wow went from 1 year to 4 hours ago lol thats pretty crazy i thought that last comment was also 1 year ago untill i noticed and i have herd a little about what you said about the sharing thing spredding viruses but im not expert.

    • Tina

      Excellent rebuttal, Taty. Thanks for dissecting the subejct!

  • ænon1mus

    In a word, no. There aren’t any viruses for the iPhone OS platform. However, there are malicious exploits. As long as your iPhone isn’t jailbroken, you shouldn’t have to worry.