Apple iPhones are competitively known for their outstanding safety precautions. Mobile threats, targeted at iPhones in terms of malware and other virus attacks, are relatively minimal, aided by their designs which make it almost impossible to penetrate iOS-powered devices. One major target mostly perpetrated by crooks to penetrate phones has been through fake apps downloads, while Apple iPhones apps can only be accessed on their official app store and also sandboxed, making it impossible to access data from other apps or break into your device’s operating system. Unlike iOS, Android is relatively less restrictive in its approach to app download sources.
Another edge that iPhones have over its competitors is the regular update releases, which help contain bugs vulnerabilities if found. While still not totally invulnerable; hackers and criminals always have their way in stealing your personal information, such as photos, messages, contacts, linked email accounts, and other sensitive details like your financial records. However, to ensure your iPhone is malware-or virus-free, you can take the following simple steps. The steps will also help you detect and remove any potential threats and prevent them from gaining access to your phone in the first place.
How to Keep Your Phone Secure from Malware and Viruses
Keeping your phone safe is not only the responsibility of Apple but also a critical issue you must pay strict attention to personally to ensure the safety of the smartphone and keep it protected against all forms of electronic invasions. Here are the few steps you need to consider if your iPhone is acting weird:
- Firstly, go ahead and clear your browser data and phone’s history.
- Restore your device: Either through iCloud or an iTunes reset and this can be done from the most recent backup you had or restore your device anew.
- For iCloud backup: Go to Settings>General>press “Reset”>Erase all Contents and Settings>input your Passcode>press “Confirm.” Sign into iCloud and ensure that you restore your device to a safe state before it was compromised with malware. Download your apps again if needed from the App Store.
- For iTunes backup: Plug your device to your computer using a USB Open iTunes if it isn’t automatically opened when connected with your iPhone. Click on your device at the upper left within iTunes. Click on “Restore iPhone,” and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
- The next is restarting your device by hitting the power button for a few seconds. Then, turn it on again after a few seconds till the Apple logo appears.
And proceed with the following methods to keep your phone safe from potential threats of virus and malware:
- Operating System Updates: Get your device always updated for the latest malware and virus protection updates. This is one way to keep your phone secured as much as possible and also enjoy every bug fixing and other cool features introduced by Apple.
- Download from Trusted App Developers: Apple’s App Store is basically the most secure platform to purchase approved apps coming from scrutinized developers.
- Avoid Jailbreak: Jailbreak is an attempt by an iPhone user to upload unauthorized software and apps outside of the Apple App store. The consequences of doing so include void warranty and malware vulnerability.
- Don’t Fall for Tricky Pop-ups and Suspicious Links: These often come in the form of warning; they are sneaky links which sometimes appears to be officially from Apple. Just exit the webpage or app to block them.
- Backing Up is Key: Either with iCloud or iTunes backup, it is always a good habit to imbibe because this will have your back when a restore is needed.
In case your iPhone is Jailbroken, follow the restore tips above to wipe clean your gadget.