Is it really save to use Mail app vs. Web Browsing Email?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thezey, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. thezey macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2014

    I have an iPhone 5s and am wondering if it is really safe (security data-wise) to use Mail app as opposed to Web Browsing.

    Of course, the most secure way would be not to use the iPhone at all when it comes to sensitive data (but that defies the point of having one), with what we are hearing nowadays regarding privacy concerns.

    I'd like to have your educated opinion to see know more about this matter.

    Thank you
  2. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    It should be safe.

    I think there is an encryption problem with attachments that haven't been corrected yet. However when I read up on it it either didn't effect me or wasn't significant enough for me to worry about.

    So I'd vote on just using the mail app for convenience unless there is a another security flaw I'm unaware of.
  3. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
  4. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I have all my emails on the default mail app and I'm still alive...
  5. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    That was always my thinking. The mail app is sandboxed where as your browser isn't.

    Could be a false sense of security but I always feel "safer" using the native app.

    My work email goes through the native app as well and there is no web-based way to access it, so there is that as well.
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    There is little the NSA can not get into. Either with or without the blessing of Apple.
  7. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    I take this back.

    iOS 7.1.2 fixed the security flaw in the email app just now lol.

  8. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Everyone is so paranoid these days. I don't see why it should be any less secure than using the web.
  9. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    Bugs? Look at the pic I posted.
  10. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    Any data travelling over the internet can be intercepted and if you don't host your own e-mail then all your mail sits on another companies server for years or indefinitely if it's someone like Google, Outlook, Yahoo etc. To answer your question, I have no problem at all with the iPhone mail app and I use a variety of methods to read my e-mail (iPhone Mail app, Mac Mail app, Airmail app, Outlook 2013 etc).

    If you have something that secure and sensitive you need somebody to see, then you wouldn't have been sending it over the internet anyway, right?

    Nothing is secure. It never was and never will be.
  11. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Web based email is susceptible to bugs as well. No security is 100% foolproof. I don't think that sending email through your phone is inherently less secure than logging on to a website.

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