Best way to safely visit shady sites?

stanw

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I need to visit some sites that I think might be using my photos/videos without my permission. These sites are what I would consider very shady. I don't want to visit them on my Mac because I'm assuming that there is less that could be done to an iOS device maliciously, so I figure I will go to these sites on my iPad. My plan is to use a different browser then my Safari or Chrome, possibly Dolphin, and just use it only for visiting these sites. I figure I will just delete Dolphin after.

1. Is there anything that could be done to an iPad when visiting a shady site using Dolphin on an iPad? Can anything somehow be downloaded automatically, or settings changed, etc.?

2. Even if something happened as a result of visiting these sites, will it be contained to just Dolphin?

3. Any suggestions or better ways for doing what I am trying to do?

Thanks.
 

Shirasaki

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The best solution is to use a separate device just to browse those sites. A virtual machine on your Mac is also a good choice. For iOS, their app containers should work well to prevent apps from sharing data without your notice most of the time. So you can just use another browser to view those shady sites.
 
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cynics

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If you are really concerned set up a VM using VirtualBox (free) grab a easy to use Debian Linux distro like ElementaryOS, Ubuntu, Mint, etc (free), alter your MAC address in VirtualBox network settings, and in the VM set up Tor Browser (free). Then wipe the VM when you are done. And of course use your neighbors wifi...lol

Excessive enough?

EDIT: I just noticed others have already mentioned using a VM....
 

SuperKerem

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You should be fine using Dolphin on Private mode. If anything, any issues will be confined to the Dolphin browser.
This is not true. If anything, the Dolphin browser is more vulnerable than the default Safari browser.

1. Yes

2. No

3. The single best thing you can do is update your device to the latest version of iOS (10.3.1). 10.2.1 and below have many publicly known security holes.
 
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C DM

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This is not true. If anything, the Dolphin browser is more vulnerable than the default Safari browser.

1. Yes

2. No

3. The single best thing you can do is update your device to the latest version of iOS (10.3). 10.2.1 and below have many publicly known security holes.
Latest at the moment would even be 10.3.1 as that address a WiFi vulnerability that exists in 10.3 (and earlier).
 
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