Viruses on iOS and Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by marty1990, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. marty1990 macrumors 6502

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    So a friend of mine looks at 'particular video's' on his phone, and goes on 'particular sites'. He sent me an MMS of a screenshot of his phone. He uses an iPhone 5. I myself have a Nexus 4, and am wondering whether there's any chance of viruses being sent etc? i.e. from his phone to mine, because I looked at the pic he sent me. The pic was a screenshot of a text convo he had with me a while back.
     
  2. cynics macrumors G3

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    No worries with pics or videos. At this point you'd have to install an app with malware built into it. To the best of my knowledge there are no real viruses on Android which is basically malware that can spread and replicate.
     
  3. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Neither OS has any true viruses out in the wild as far as we know. I go on "particular sites" on my iPhone and Nexus 7 all the time and have no problems, although the N7 has AdAway installed and most infections from any dodgy site come from ads.

    Statistics show that porn sites are actually quite unlikely to give you viruses anyway, that whole "porn = viruses" thing is quite a misconception. Religious sites are more likely to infect your computer, in fact.

    Finally, even if the iPhone did have some sort of hypothetical virus, it's very unlikely it'd be multi-platform, meaning it'd only be able to spread to other iPhones anyway.
     

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