Does the iPhone need antivirus?

Should I have antivirus/security software installed on my iPhone??

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TJ Skywasher  Dec. 6, 2013 at 19:06

No, I don't think such apps exist and there isn't a need for them.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 7, 2013 at 07:04

TJ is right.
There are some security apps for iOS, but hey: antivirus companies wanna live, eh ;)
Traditional AV software on phones is nonsense.
It's mostly rogue sms or emails that mess with your iPhone or iPad, and no software app can help you IF you don't practice caution.
Other ways to get malware onto your phone is to install apps from
dodgy sources. Unlike Android, iOS doesn't let you sideload apps. (except for jailbreaked
iPhones/pads). Yes, now and again apps have slithered their way past Apple's controls, but generally official appstore apps are safe! More importantly: security apps can't usually protect you from malware apps. Only after the damage is done some can help you get rid of the evil-doers.
On Android it helps to keep an eye on apps that access the internet in the background; or apps that phone home etc. For that there are useful apps.
For iOS? Nope.
John McAffee - founder of, well, McAffee, recently went public saying he uses NO security software cause it's bullsh*t against modern attacks. They only help after the deed's been done. IF at all. Practice common sense. And hey: the NSA will get you anyways - usually with the help from your network and from Anti-Virus companies!


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