A number of experts believe that spreading of virus and malware are rather difficult under iOS for the closed system design which every apps are executed in their own sandboxes

Does iPhone need Antivirus software?

A number of experts believe that spreading of virus and malware are rather difficult under iOS for the closed system design which every apps are executed in their own sandboxes – independent virtual environments that seclude the apps, keeping them away from other apps’ data.

However, it is reported last year that the Israeli NSO Group developed a spyware named Pegasus that can invade Apple’s iOS, capable of reading text messages, photos and contacts, even zero-click remote accessing the target device’s microphone and camera. Media said French president Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Pakistan and journalists from all around the globe were on the target list of the spyware.

Is the general public safe?

No always. Recently, information security company ZecOps has developed an attack technique, dubbed NoReboot, to stimulate shutdown for monitoring the user’s camera and microphone. The team injects malicious codes to the smartphone, fakes shutdown and reboot screen, to trick a user into thinking that the phone has been powered off, but in fact, it is still running, and the hacker could potentially spy on a user with the camera and microphone.

To protect iPhone from malware, remember the following tips:

Don’t jailbreak. Jailbreaking may remove the app permissions. Jailbreaking software may also include malware

Download apps only from official channel (i.e. App Store)

Install anti-malware software tools

Think before you connect to public Wifi or click suspicious links

Be careful when accepting app permissions, especially the access to contact list, camera, location, etc.

Always update iOS to the latest version

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