Best way to safely visit shady sites?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by stanw, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    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?

  2. SumYoungGai, Apr 12, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017

    SumYoungGai macrumors 6502a

    Jun 11, 2013
    SF Bay Area, CA
    You should be fine using Dolphin on Private mode. If anything, any issues will be confined to the Dolphin browser.
  3. Bladery macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2015
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    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.
  5. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Very shady:p
  6. LordQ, Apr 13, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2017

    LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    I second Shirasaki—try using a Virtual Machine with a clean install, maybe throw in a VPN and a good content blocker like Adguard. For a browser, chech this out:

    You could go as deep as using a Virtual Machine inside a Virtual Machine if you have decent specs on your Mac.
  7. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    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

    Excessive enough?

    EDIT: I just noticed others have already mentioned using a VM....
  8. BigDO macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2012
    Just use the private mode of your browser.
  9. SuperKerem, Apr 15, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2017

    SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    United Kingdom
    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.
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Latest at the moment would even be 10.3.1 as that address a WiFi vulnerability that exists in 10.3 (and earlier).
  11. SuperKerem, Apr 15, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2017

    SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Yep, 10.3.1, correct.

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