Can the iPhone 6 Get Viruses?

Can the iPhone 6 Get Viruses?

YES.

Even though the iPhone is supposed to be more secure than an Android-based phone. Even though, according to Apple, the iOS platform is incredibly secure. Even though the company states that it ‘œdesigned the iOS platform with security at its core. Keeping information secure on mobile devices is critical for any user, whether they’re accessing corporate and customer information or storing personal photos, banking information, and addresses. Because every user’s information is important, iOS devices are built to maintain a high level of security without compromising the user experience.’

There is always a possibility of a virus attack on any computational device or any device that runs code. So the iOS, too, had its share of scares from WireLurker, Masque Attack malware threats, leaking of a celebrity’s photos stored in iCloud, and the ‘œFind My Phone’ hijacking scam.

So, yes, your iPhone 6 can be attacked by viruses or malware. And with its popularity, the attacks are becoming more rampant. But historically, Apple has been good at patching security vulnerabilities.

The most vulnerable being jailbroken devices. Jailbreaking is the process of removing the restrictions Apple places on its operating system, and there are some security risks associated with jailbreaking an iOS device even though Apple’s policy with jailbreaking clearly states ‘œupdates cannot be installed without reverting to stock iOS.’

The iPhone’s biggest protection against viruses is the App Store, the main objective being to keep the iOS clean. If a software program is not approved by Apple, it cannot run on an iPhone’”which is enough to stop virus attacks. But malware on iOS is an exception, not the rule. So the system is not foolproof.

Keep the following in mind:

1) Ensure the installation of iOS updates;

2) Never attach your device to a computer or a USB charger if you are uncertain about the security;

3) Never jailbreak your phone;

4) Never use pirated software;

5) Choose a secure password. You can use Apple’s iCloud ‘œKeychain’ to suggest secure passwords;

6) Avoid opening and responding to phishing emails;

7) Make sure to use two-factor authentication; it adds an extra layer of security apart from your username and password.

8) If in doubt of an attack, try to wipe your gadget clean and start with factory settings. You could use iCloud to back up your data before the cleaning. The steps are:
* Go to Settings > General > Reset;
* Tap ‘œErase All Content and Settings’;
* Restart your iPhone;
* Restore backed up data from iCloud;
* Download required apps again from the App Store.

You can also attach your iPhone to your Mac and use the ‘œRestore iPhone’ button in iTunes to factory-reset the device. If restoring your phone to factory settings does not yield desired results, take the phone to Genius Bar, Apple’s Retail Store, for hands-on diagnosis and troubleshooting.

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