iPhone antivirus: all you need to know

Have you just bought a new iPhone and are you planning to protect it with a good antivirus, maybe free?

Did your friends who are experts in computer science and technology recommend downloading a good antivirus on your iPhone right away?

Are you afraid to surf the internet with your iPhone due to viruses, malware and other threats that run on the web?

Before going to the App Store and downloading antivirus software, I strongly suggest you read this article.

We will solve all your doubts on the best antivirus for iPhone. 

Do you really need an antivirus on the iPhone?

The dry and direct answer is NOAn antivirus on the iPhone really does not need anything. 

Of course, in the App Store there are lots of antiviruses for iPhone, but they are simply security programs that do not really take away viruses and malware.

So do not waste time downloading them: they only take up space in the internal memory and do not serve practically anything.

Since what I have just said may be unclear to many readers, I try to explain myself better.

There are no real antiviruses for iPhone

A normal antivirus for Windows or Mac, to work properly, must have full access to the operating system. Only in this way can it analyze every single file and make sure that there are no malware in action.
All this, however, on iOS and iPhone does not happen, since iOS is a “closed” and armored operating system and Apple does not allow the app to access all the system files. 

It’s clear that all the antiviruses that you download on iPhone can surely serve to look for viruses and malware in some files and system folders, but they will never be able to do a complete scan to exclude 100% the presence of viruses and malware.

Each app installed on iOS can only see a small part of files and applications in the internal memory of the smartphone. In practice, if you are looking for a virus or malware that the antivirus can not see, this will never be detected due to an inherent “limit” in iOS.

And that’s why all the anti-virus existing to date on iOS have never detected a virus or malware in 99% of the cases they do not actually exist, in the remaining 1% they are in files and folders not accessible and not visible to the antivirus software.

iOS is an already secure and armored operating system 

On the other hand, however, since iOS is a very closed and armored operating system, it is virtually impossible for a virus or malware to be installed in the operating system without your permission. 

As you well know, Jailbreak apart, you can install on iPhone only apps that pass from the App Store.

And since these apps are repeatedly controlled by Apple’s staff, it’s virtually impossible for them to carry viruses on the iPhone. 

In short, iOS is already very safe, it is not necessary to download and install antivirus software that in the end are useless.

But in the past there have been viruses and malware for iPhone!

How do you say? In the past have you read about dangerous viruses and malware for iPhone?

True, very true, just remember the famous “Specter”.

In this case, however, this virus exploited flaws in iOS and the only way to solve the problem was to download an update of the Apple operating system that was going to block this “hole”.

Any antivirus software could not do anything to solve or limit the problem.

So what are the antiviruses for iPhone?

As I said a little above, little or nothing. 

These apps, even if developed by famous and reputable software houses like Norton, McAfee, Avira and similar, increase the security of the smartphone, but do not have any anti-virus function, which is why Apple does not allow developers to use the word ” antivirus ” in the name or description of the program.

All of these apps that look like antivirus for iPhone offer features like:

  • protection against theft or loss of the phone (more complete than Apple’s)
  • possibility to hide photos with password
  • password management
  • VPN
  • safer Internet browser

As I said, many useful functions, but none related to the antivirus function. 

Do not do the Jailbreak if you want to be safe

The only way that viruses and malware have to get on your iPhone is to go through the Jailbreak.

Through this procedure, in fact, you “open” the ports in the operating system that are normally closed.

You use these ports to install apps, programs and games, but at the same time viruses and malware can pass and arrive on your smartphone.

Even in this case, however, an antivirus would be useless. 

If you want to be safe and secure, the only solution is to NOT Jailbreak. 

Of course, without Jailbreak, you will have to accept the limits of iOS and iPhone, but in this way you can be sure that you are not at risk of viruses/malware.

Conclusions

We arrived at the end of this guide related to antivirus for iPhone.

I hope I have made clarity about it.

As I have already repeated several times, an antivirus for iPhone is useless. If you do not do the Jailbreak, you can be absolutely comfortable: no virus or malware will attack your smartphone.

How to delete iPhone viruses

As anticipated, it is impossible for your iPhone to take a virus. As a result there is no need to remove or delete it.

Often while browsing the internet appear advertising windows and popups that warn you of the presence of a virus on your phone: it is only deceptive advertising, close and ignore those windows to quickly solve the problem.

Is it necessary to install an antivirus on the iPhone? The antivirus for iPhone serves or not?

As we said before, absolutely NO.

No more iPhone antivirus in the new App Store

As mentioned earlier, there is no anti-virus software for iPhone, so Apple has removed this section from the App Store.