Can iPhones Get Viruses?

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With internet security being of concern now more than ever, it’s easy to worry about the most used device of all — your smartphone. You probably already have security software installed and running on your laptop or computer, but do you need to do the same for your phone? Can iPhones get viruses? Here’s a breakdown of how to keep your device and information safe from viruses and security threats.

Can my iPhone get a virus?

The good news is no, probably not. Thankfully, iPhones aren’t very susceptible to viruses, so the likelihood of your device getting a virus is very low. The only known iPhone viruses have been worms that attack devices that have been jailbroken. A jailbroken iPhone means that the operating system running on the device has been changed, allowing for more control. That means you’ve removed Apple’s restrictions and can install content and apps outside of the official Apple App Store.

Why don’t iPhones get viruses?

Essentially, iPhones don’t get viruses because the virus wouldn’t have any way to communicate with other programs on the device and spread itself to other devices. Viruses are designed to steal data and take over your computer by doing so, but the iOS doesn’t let apps do that. Each app runs on its own, without communicating with any other apps. iPhone apps have insufficient abilities to interact with each other. Because Apple designed the operating system in a way that restricts the apps, they reduced the risk of viruses.

Tips to Improve iPhone Security

While viruses may not be a threat to your iPhone, there are other security threats about which to be concerned. The biggest threat, of course, is not virtual or electronic, it’s physical theft. The best way to keep your iPhone secure and safe is to be vigilant. Keep your device close to you and never leave it unattended. Be aware of your surroundings so as not to make yourself a target. Ditch the earbuds and stay alert by paying attention to everything going on around you.

Use the security options that are already on offer on your iPhone. Choose a passcode and use Touch ID or Face ID so that if your phone gets stolen, the thief can’t access your data. Enable Find My iPhone as well. It’s a free feature of iCloud that uses the phone’s GPS to pinpoint the location on a map for you should your device get lost or stolen.

Be sure to encrypt your iPhone backups. If you sync your phone’s data with your computer, then that data is also stored on your computer. You can keep it secure by encrypting the backup. Protect it with a password so that only you can access it. You can set this up in iTunes when you sync your iPhone by checking the box that says “Encrypt iPhone backup.” Just be smart about how you use your phone, and you’ll be able to keep it and your data safe.

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