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Recently the local news said that people with smartphones should get antivirus protection on them. My family members with android phones all downloaded some free antivirus apps. Do I need to do this with my iPhone, or is it okay not to? What are my risk factors if I don't?


iPhone 4, iOS 4.2.7
Reply by Allan Sampson on Jun 28, 2012 9:14 AM Helpful

If you know what a virus is, then you know that antivirus would not be any help with your insecure bank, and you need to change banks since whoever told you this is an idiot.

 

You do online banking with your iPhone only. Never with any other device or computer?

 

And this is done with the Safari browser on your iPhone? Your bank does not have an iPhone app?

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  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10

    NO.

     

    There are no viruses affecting iphones.

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10

    With the so called "open" Android platform being able to download and install all sorts of things from unknown and untrusted sources also opens an Android phone or device to viruses, adware, and spyware, so antivirus is needed with an Android device.

  • Michael Black Level 7 Level 7

    Not only do you not need it, but good luck even trying to find any such app in the app store 

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Even on an Android phone, the performance and battery hit you'll take running anti-virus software (it's signficant) probably far outweighs any possible problems that you might get from malware. There have, to date, been very few viruses even for Androids. I've been using Android phones for almost two years. I've yet to encounter any issues with viruses and would never consider putting anti-virus software on them as I've seen how much it slows them down. Local news stations have a very bad habit of sensationalizing everything.

  • Wylie-Girl Level 1 Level 1

    Im pretty sure that my iphone got hacked today... what i was typing was being deleted and replaced by other words and i wasnt even touching the keypad.  WEIRD AND NOT OK!!!! please tell me there is an anti-virus solution available and some detective app available to help me confirm/clean my phone

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    There are no antivirus apps for iPhones, and unless your phone is hacked or jailbroken, you do NOT have any virus on the phone.  Do you understand how the iOS autocorrection keyboard works?

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7
    There are no antivirus apps for iPhones

     

    Actually there is now - but it's next to useless due to the sandboxed nature of iOS:

     

    http://www.macworld.com/article/161072/2011/07/intego_virusbarrier_ios.html

     

    But I'm sure they won't mind selling it to uninformed, paranoid iOS users from a Windows background.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    That app is really for Macs to protect them from malware using iOS devices as  "conduits."  It doesn't even scan and remove iOS files for the device itself.  Got to be the lamest OS X app I've ever seen.

  • bbfc Level 3 Level 3

    Wylie-Girl wrote:

     

    Im pretty sure that my iphone got hacked today... what i was typing was being deleted and replaced by other words and i wasnt even touching the keypad.  WEIRD AND NOT OK!!!! please tell me there is an anti-virus solution available and some detective app available to help me confirm/clean my phone

     

    That is called 'auto-correction'.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7
    Got to be the lamest OS X app I've ever seen.

     

    Is that a typo? Because it does actually run on iOS - but you have to use the iOS "Open In..." function to actually "scan" files, and only non-executable files anyway...

     

    It's just a very sad attempt to make some money out of uninformed users.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Yes, a typo. 

     

    Since it  is meant to "protect" only the computer the iPhone file transfers to, I don't consider it to be an iPhone anti-malware app.  It can't even isolate/move/delete files it considers infected!  It's a scam to sell "subscription" to their malware definition list.

  • Mlayne66 Level 1 Level 1

    I do my banking online an I do it through my iPhone. I just had to call the bank and reset a new username and password cause the ones before we're compromised. I just had to do this two months ago too. I set up a new username and everything but the bank says I will not be allowed to access it with my phone until I jet an antivirus on my phone cause that's the problem...... If there is no antivirus for iPhone then what the ****??

  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10

    If you know what a virus is, then you know that antivirus would not be any help with your insecure bank, and you need to change banks since whoever told you this is an idiot.

     

    You do online banking with your iPhone only. Never with any other device or computer?

     

    And this is done with the Safari browser on your iPhone? Your bank does not have an iPhone app?

  • Mlayne66 Level 1 Level 1

    Yes I know what a virus is. They said I had a virus on my phone and that's why my username was being compromised. Yes it's through safari. Would getting the app, help with this or does it not matter? And no, I don't access my account from any other device.

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