Best security software for iOS

christoac

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Hi,

Can you tell me the best security software which shields from virus, malware, spyware and other threats, avoids suspicious download and website as well as protects you from online identity? Is there any discount or promo offer on the software?
 

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trusting too much on ios? i quess that was the reason why there was a macbot network.

- online identity: vpn
- malware etc.: use your common sense. it is hard to get any malware on ios, you have to ... literally... install them, if you want one. ... if you are able to find any.
- any other threat: a common sense
 

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Hi,

Can you tell me the best security software which shields from virus, malware, spyware and other threats, avoids suspicious download and website as well as protects you from online identity? Is there any discount or promo offer on the software?
Directly from the Apple website:

"Malware and viruses aren’t confined to desktops anymore. They can infect mobile devices, too. Which is why Apple takes security seriously when it comes to iOS. For starters, hardware and firmware features are designed to protect against malware and viruses, while iOS features help to secure your personal information. iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have built-in support for two-factor authentication which, when enrolled, prompts you for a verification code when you sign in from a new browser or on a new device. This code is automatically displayed on your other Apple devices or sent to your phone, so you can quickly gain access to your account, while unauthorized users are kept out. Touch ID lets you use your fingerprint as a passcode, preventing unauthorized access to your device. When you use a passcode, it automatically encrypts and protects information like your email, calendar events, contacts, reminders, notes, messages, and third-party apps."

There are other things that are incorporated into iOS that protect against malware. It's built on the foundation of UNIX security and third-party apps downloaded from the AppStore are reviewed by Apple before being made available on the AppStore. While it's a great feature, it isn't perfect. You also have to use good judgement. If you see an app that promises to deliver something too good to be true, then chances are it's not real and is masquerading as a malicious app that may have slipped past Apple's Review Process. Be wary of websites that redirect you to the AppStore or even websites that ask you to install a profile, a certificate that allows you to install an app from outside of the AppStore.

Privacy features are also built into iOS:
"iOS is designed to put your privacy first. If an app wants your location information or data from Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, or Photos, it needs your permission first. And you have complete control of how Health and HomeKit use your data. Conversations over iMessage and FaceTime are encrypted, including predictive text — so no one but you and the person you’re talking to can see or read what’s being said. And features built into Safari give you the ability to browse privately, block cookies, and prevent websites from tracking you."

Lastly, if you install a third-party keyboards and give it full access then anything you type with that keyboard is potentially available to the developer. This is typically used by the developer to return search results for images such as GIFs or documents within the keyboard or diagnostic data to improve the stability of the keyboard.
 
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Hi,

Can you tell me the best security software which shields from virus, malware, spyware and other threats, avoids suspicious download and website as well as protects you from online identity? Is there any discount or promo offer on the software?
Keep it up to date (i.e. do not ever hesitate to update iOS to the latest version as soon as a new version is out) and use a couple of adblock filters to shield you from the worst sites. Mozilla Focus is great:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/focus-by-firefox-content-blocking/id1055677337?mt=8
 

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Keep it up to date (i.e. do not ever hesitate to update iOS to the latest version as soon as a new version is out)
That goes against the wise advice of avoiding any new update for a short period (perhaps a week) to make sure no nasty bugs have been introduced (as has so frequently happened…).

Seems pretty clear the OP is a Windroid convert whose nerves are tuned for a far less secure operating environment. Welcome to the slightly less terrifying side of the IT fence, Christoac… :)
 
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If you believe O2 provider in the UK, they try and sell Macafee for the iPhone as Apple told them that around 60% of iPhones have malware!! (if you believe O2 ;) )
 

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trusting too much on ios? i quess that was the reason why there was a macbot network.

- online identity: vpn
- malware etc.: use your common sense. it is hard to get any malware on ios, you have to ... literally... install them, if you want one. ... if you are able to find any.
- any other threat: a common sense
For the MacBot, they won't work if your Mac is up-to-date, and therefore have the latest Xprotect. I don't know of any botnet on Macs.

A VPN doesn't protect your online identity whatsoever, in fact, makes it much easier for a VPN provider to snoop your trafic.

If you want online identity protection, just browse in private mode.

As said, you should install a content blocker too.

Malware: AppStore has all the malware protection you can possibly expect from a man-made thing

So, after all, there's nothing.

The only thing you need to do is to keep iOS updated, as they fix all the bugs they can.

Disabling Siri and the Notification Center from the lockscreen adds privacy if your phone has been picked up by your wife.
 

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For the MacBot, they won't work if your Mac is up-to-date, and therefore have the latest Xprotect. I don't know of any botnet on Macs.

A VPN doesn't protect your online identity whatsoever, in fact, makes it much easier for a VPN provider to snoop your trafic.

If you want online identity protection, just browse in private mode.

As said, you should install a content blocker too.

Malware: AppStore has all the malware protection you can possibly expect from a man-made thing

So, after all, there's nothing.

The only thing you need to do is to keep iOS updated, as they fix all the bugs they can.

Disabling Siri and the Notification Center from the lockscreen adds privacy if your phone has been picked up by your wife.
A VPN doesn't hide your identify? What are you talking about.

I also think you don't know what private browser mode does
 
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That goes against the wise advice of avoiding any new update for a short period (perhaps a week) to make sure no nasty bugs have been introduced (as has so frequently happened…).
Always update on day one and have so since iOS4. Never experienced any nasty bugs.

Anyways, you can't have it both ways. Either you update for security or stability.
 
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There will always be bugs. They can be grave or insignificant, but to think that they can be completely eliminated is naive.
True, since when did apple or microsoft ever think about testing a bit of software before releasing to millions of users. Again, their incompetence is a pretty poor reason not to upgrade.
 

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No, it doesn't.

I don't think you know what you're talking about.

What does VPN hide, then?
You tell me I don't know what I talk about yet you think a private browser mode hides your online identify but a VPN doesn't.
Lmao

Do you know what VPN stands for?

Virtual Private Network

And yes it hides your identify and improves security, it's kind of the whole point of them.
 
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True, since when did apple or microsoft ever think about testing a bit of software before releasing to millions of users. Again, their incompetence is a pretty poor reason not to upgrade.
First of all bugs happens, there 's no such thing as a bug free OS, I woul like to see your "competence" at work I am sure you are 100% flawless all the time.

Second of all, why do you even use Apple or Microsoft product since you think they are incompetent?

Since you left Google out I am sure you use their stuff ....and good luck with them being bug free!

You tell me I don't know what I talk about yet you think a private browser mode hides your online identify but a VPN doesn't.
Lmao

Do you know what VPN stands for?

Virtual Private Network

And yes it hides your identify and improves security, it's kind of the whole point of them.
You whould read this .

Also a good read "VPNs cannot make online connections completely anonymous, but they can usually increase privacy and security. "
 
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First of all bugs happens, there 's no such thing as a bug free OS, I woul like to see your "competence" at work I am sure you are 100% flawless all the time.

Second of all, why do you even use Apple or Microsoft product since you think they are incompetent?

Since you left Google out I am sure you use their stuff ....and good luck with them being bug free!



You whould read this .

Also a good read "VPNs cannot make online connections completely anonymous, but they can usually increase privacy and security. "
I do know about that, thanks. I never said its 100% private. You obviously also want a good VPN that doesn't keep logs.

I was responding to the person that claimed to hide your online identify your should use private private browser mode and not a VPN.
 

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I do know about that, thanks. I never said its 100% private. You obviously also want a good VPN that doesn't keep logs.

I was responding to the person that claimed to hide your online identify your should use private private browser mode and not a VPN.
Sorry to repeat myself ...but …"you have absolutely no way to know for sure how safe a “No logs” claim really is. Trusting your life to a no logs VPN service it is like gambling with your life in the Russian roulette."

and

"Anyone who runs a large enough IT infrastructure knows that running that infrastructure with ZERO logs is impossible."

Yes it is safer than the private browse (that actually ONLY does not keep your history updated ....locally) but VPN is NOT anonymous.
 
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Sorry to repeat myself ...but …"you have absolutely no way to know for sure how safe a “No logs” claim really is. Trusting your life to a no logs VPN service it is like gambling with your life in the Russian roulette."

and

"Anyone who runs a large enough IT infrastructure knows that running that infrastructure with ZERO logs is impossible."

Yes it is safer than the private browse (that actually ONLY does not keep your history updated ....locally) but VPN is NOT anonymous.
What are we arguing here? It's quite simple

Want to browse the web AS private and anonymous as possible? Use a VPN a browser like Tor.

Want to hide your porn browsing history on your device from your girlfriend? Use private browser mode.
 
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You tell me I don't know what I talk about yet you think a private browser mode hides your online identify but a VPN doesn't.
Lmao

Do you know what VPN stands for?

Virtual Private Network

And yes it hides your identify and improves security, it's kind of the whole point of them.
Dude, I'm a telecommunications engineer and I have a CCNA, I know what VPN means.

Explain to me what a VPN does to protect your privacy! The answer is nothing! It can even be used to spy on you, as all you traffic will pass through God knows who. It's meant for enterprise use, not personal use.

The private mode of your browser lets you browse sites without storing cookies in permanent storage, or retrieving stored cookies. Cookies can be used to track you throughout the web, and that's a privacy concern.

So, "LMAO", I say.
 
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What are we arguing here? It's quite simple

Want to browse the web AS private and anonymous as possible? Use a VPN or a VPN based browser like Tor.

Want to hide your porn browsing history on your device from your girlfriend? Use private browser mode.
I am not arguing, I am merely trying to help someone who might think he is safe browsing while in reality is not.....if that someone think he knows best and don't listen to advice, it is not my problem.

If teaching is now considered arguing, I am sorry but it was NOT my intention, take what I told you and do what you prefere with it ;) but you either are anonymous or you are not, there's no such thing as "AS anonymous as possible".
 
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VPN creates tunnels between networks, on it's own then that offers no security. In fact in China where many use VPN to bypass the government block, the VPN operators are known to spy on the information.

However, for work we used to use a cisco VPN, that installed a local client adapter to connect to, and it provided a high encryption link to our main office.
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First of all bugs happens, there 's no such thing as a bug free OS, I woul like to see your "competence" at work I am sure you are 100% flawless all the time.
Dont judge us all by your own poor standards, some of us can manage to make trouble free products. It's the typical brain dead lazy code monkey that expects bugs will always be there (or the dumb manager that believes them!).
 

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VPN creates tunnels between networks, on it's own then that offers no security. In fact in China where many use VPN to bypass the government block, the VPN operators are known to spy on the information.

However, for work we used to use a cisco VPN, that installed a local client adapter to connect to, and it provided a high encryption link to our main office.
[doublepost=1463215696][/doublepost]

Dont judge us all by your own poor standards, some of us can manage to make trouble free products. It's the typical brain dead lazy code monkey that expects bugs will always be there (or the dumb manager that believes them!).
I would love to see your flawless work./s

May be Hello world apps are bug free......
 
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