Iphone security

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jamal92, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. Jamal92 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2015
    Greetings everyone.

    Lately I've heard some news about a new virus hitting jailbroken iphones in china, thought its time to know how secure I am, its 2015.
    I've tried looking up in many forums about it, all I read was just some useless info or outdated ones, no clear answers at all, I'll ask some questions hopefully I'll get an answer.

    1. Is there any malware or other trojans that can infect an iphone?

    2. Will one of the following infect my Iphone and/or will expose my info to others? how protected am I?
    • Downloading apps ONLY from the appstore. (kinda obvious it won't)
    • Visting infected websites. (i.e porn sites..etc)
    • Connecting to a public network generally. (Cafe or a friends Wi-Fi network)
    • Someone with access to my home network(router).
    • Connecting my Iphone through a USB cable to sync music and photos using Itunes on an infected PC.
    3. Should I be worried?

    4. Is there any other way than the ones I provided that will make criminals be able to claim access and other info?

    Keep in mind my Iphone is NOT jailbroken, and I only download apps from the appstore.
    I hope I get clear answers like Yes/No, and if yes explaining how to prevent it.
    After answering my questions feel free to provide any info that will help me understand the situation.

    Thanks everyone, appreciated.
  2. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
  3. Jamal92 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2015
    Even this?
    Connecting to a public network generally. (Cafe or a friends Wi-Fi network)
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Yes, even that. If you're not jailbroken, and aren't installing apps out-of-band, you're fine.

    Though, when you're on an unsecured, open WiFi network, you should probably consider using a VPN to secure your traffic.
  5. Jamal92 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2015
    And If I didn't secure my traffic with a VPN, whats the most thing a professional can do with it?
    Do you recommend any VPN's?

    I might be annoying, but also paranoid.

    thanks again.
  6. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    If you want to use a public Wi-Fi, don't log into your Bank, credit card companies, or other such identity sensitive sites. Save that kind of thing for intranet use etc.

    Use your phone with the common sense mode enabled and you should be fine.
  7. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007

    Top advice.

    I personally won't use any public wifi for banking use.

    Common sense.
  8. iThingsGurl macrumors 6502a


    Dec 3, 2014
    To answer your question, if you do not secure your traffic/IP (e.g. downloading torrent files where your computer IP is exposed unless you encapsulate it i.e. use VPN) then the worst thing a professional can do is impersonate you using what can be termed as the 'Man-in-the-middle Attack'. Through this a person can first sniff all your activities & data and can then have an application-layer attack which may include reading & modifying your data, gain control of all your applications on your behalf, and even corrupt the system.

    This is the worst thing a professional can do mind you. It does not mean it can happen to everyone. The task is very difficult and quite intensive; it requires resources too. Hence chances are you won't be typically targeted in the first place, unless of course you are (including but not limited to) someone very important and have sensitive data in your system, or have millions of dollars in your bank account, or have access to important applications (e.g. your company's servers), but then again if that is so, you or your company are bound to take necessary security measures.

    If you have trivial tasks, like downloading movies from torrents (this is just an example, used for reference - it no way means it applies specifically to you or anyone else here) then the cost of VPNs is almost equal to services like NetFlix, Shomi, etc. So you know what I mean? :)

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