Virus through email on iphone

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  1. ynblood macrumors member

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    I am new with the iphone and I look though numerous threads before starting this one. I just wanted to know if it is possible to get a virus on the iphone using Gmail, Yahoo or Comcast? I mean I am not going to try to open email like exe. or emails I don't recognize

    Thank You
    YB
     
  2. efice32 macrumors 6502

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    I would assume since the iPhone OS is somewhat of a watered down version of OSX then the likelihood of getting a virus through email on an iPhone would be similar to that of getting a virus through email on a Mac.....not very likely, although theoretically possible.

    Someone please correct me if I'm incorrect on this.
     
  3. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    It would almost be completely impossible. Like.. seriously.
    Don't worry about that.
     
  4. Auzburner macrumors 65816

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    Don't worry about it right now. Thus far we have not seen any type of internet virus for the iPhone. I'm not quite sure how harmful a virus can be with all of the restrictions the iPhone has. I'm sure others can elaborate more and this is also a question I have, but as far as I know, a virus can potentially come via email anytime...
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It's OS X. They don't even work on the full version of the OS. It's impossible.
     
  6. ynblood thread starter macrumors member

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  7. mcdj macrumors G3

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    even if you got a virus mailed to you in .exe form, you couldn't even open it if you wanted to.
     
  8. Acronym macrumors 68000

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    what if someone mailed a virus in .ipa format? (app format?)
     
  9. Nermal Moderator

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    I'm fairly sure that you can't directly open an .ipa file.

    Edit: I just sent an .ipa to myself and it's not tappable.
     
  10. jmann macrumors 604

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    Then whomever sent you that email is lame. :cool:
     
  11. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    iTunes would try to open it but tell you it wasn't verified or allowed.
     
  12. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Of course attacks are possible. Nothing is perfect.

    I don't recall any security hole in email, but there have been many software updates since the beginning, plugging holes in other programs, most especially Safari.

    For instance... last November (read more here).

    In fact, the very first iPhone update ever was rushed out because a Safari attack method was going to be publicly revealed.
     
  13. Shawn D macrumors regular

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    Close to impossible, I'm sure now that people have seen this thread someone is going to try to make one though :rolleyes:
     
  14. Acronym macrumors 68000

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    no one sent me a app virus im just asking if it could hapen? and no i dont intend on creating one im no good with hacker crap unless its jailbreaking and some SSH
     

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