Can I Get an iPhone Virus?

Question: Can I Get an iPhone Virus?

While getting an iPhone virus is a legitimate concern on an Internet where there are thousands (and likely many, many times more) or viruses, most users don’t have to worry about their phone picking up a virus.

Answer: While the technically correct answer is yes, iPhones (and iPod touches and iPads, since they run the same operating system) can get viruses, the likelihood of that happening (at least right now) is extremely low. There have only been a few iPhone viruses created and most were created by security researchers and haven’t been released on the Internet.

Of the iPhone viruses that are “in the wild,” there are worms, a kind of virus, that almost exclusively attack iPhones that have been jailbroken. So, as long as you haven’t jailbroken your device, your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad should be safe from viruses.

But Should I Get iPhone Virus Protection To Be Safe?   The answer, for now at least, is no. There aren’t any identified iPhone viruses in the wild–there have only been proof-of-concept viruses and attacks.

As you can see, deciding whether you need iPhone virus protection depends on what you do with your phone. Another way to answer the question, though, is based on what antivirus software is available for the iPhone. Turns out, not much.

However, as a reminder, if you have jailbroken your device, you should be concerned about malware and viruses.


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