How secure is browsing on iphone.....

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by crzy4ifone, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. crzy4ifone macrumors newbie

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    Getting a new 3G S for first time and was just curious, how safe is it to do browsing, online banking, paying bills etc... from the iphone?:confused:
     
  2. EvilDoc macrumors 6502a

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    Well it uses a secure connection so i would say its just "as safe" as a desktop computer.
     
  3. skubish macrumors 68030

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    If you are using it on wifi it is the same as a computer. If you use 3G or EDGE it is more secure because the data is encrypted.
     
  4. crzy4ifone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thankyou:) That's awesome. I passed the first time around with the original iphone, but now that it's like a hand held computer, I could not resist. Just want to make sure it's safe.
     
  5. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    No. It's about as safe as a laptop computer connected to a public access point. That is:
    • If you use an insecure URL while web browsing, your browsing is insecure.
    • If you use an SSL URL while web browsing, your browsing "should" be secure.
    • If you use an insecure email connection (non-SSL), your email will be insecure.
    • If you use a secure email connection (SSL), your email should be secure.
    • If the app you're using uses an insecure connection, your app data is probably insecure.
    • etc., etc.
     
  6. crzy4ifone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So are there any types of downloadable apps for security that you can get to make sure everything is encrypted or do you just have to make sure your browsing trusted sites?
     
  7. arykmax macrumors regular

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    Just make sure no one is looking over your shoulder.
     
  8. crzy4ifone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :p lol
     
  9. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    Well, on Windows computers, there are keyloggers, so if you enter in your bank account stuff/credit card information, you're screwed.

    So, it's more secure?:confused:
     
  10. firewood macrumors 604

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    Don't jailbreak your device, use 3G (wifi OFF), check to make sure it's a https connection and the little lock icon is showing, and you're probably safer using the iPhone than a laptop.

    There's an extra layer of network encryption for at least part of the route when using 3G (compared to the ease of packet sniffing on wifi). On a stock iPhone, there's no keyboard cable and no non-Apple browser plugins or background processes where a keylogger can hide; and there's magnitudes less malware in the wilds. It's also probably a bit harder for someone to shoulder surf you using the onscreen keyboard compared to when you're using a full-size laptop keyboard.

    Make sure to put a passcode (with erase data on failed attempts) on your iPhone, and log off any secure sites when your done using them. And don't show your iPhone around in too many places, as one of the ways to get your passcode and banking passwords is by offering to apply a baseball bat to your knees in a dark alley.

    user beware.
     

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