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Does iPhone Need Antivirus? How to Keep It as Private as Possible?

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Tata Davis

October 25, 2018 (Updated: October 25, 2018锛

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Due to the fact that we are in an age where we accumulate so much sensitive personal data on our devices, it is not out of place that one major concern that most smartphone users have is security. No one wants to have their personal data leaked out to unauthorized persons, and this is why most Android device users聽install antivirus software. But, does iPhone need antivirus?

Does iPhone Need Antivirus?

The good news is this- iPhone does聽not need anti-viruses. Even though a lot of security companies boasts of products that support and protects iPhone, these products aren’t really antiviruses, and whichever way, Apple makes sure you don’t even get to need it. Apple boasts that it “designed the iOS platform with security at its core.” 聽And while it isn’t technically impossible for iOS devices to get viruses, the likelihood of this is extremely low. This is because the iOS platform uses user partition which limits access to the operating system to sandbox iPhone apps.

What If My iPhone Has Been Jailbroken?

The only iPhone viruses that are actually possible threats to iDevice users are worms which only attack iDevices after they have been jailbroken, because most malware gain access into iDevices mostly during the installation of third-party apps, as the operating system is then vulnerable to attacks.

How Apple Prevent iPhone from Virus?

As long as Jailbreaking hasn’t occurred on your device, it should be safe from viruses. This is because viruses are programs which are designed to do malicious things- like steal your data or take over your PC- and then spread itself into other computers, and this can be done only if the virus is able to run on the device and communicate with other programs to control them or take their data. The good thing is- Apple iOS doesn’t allow apps to do that, as every app runs in their own restricted space, and by so doing, Apple has reduced the risk of viruses on iDevices. Put side by side with the fact that the App Store is the only authorized way to install apps, which Apple makes sure to review before allowing users to download, this shows the system is well secured.

Tips to Keep Your iPhone as Private as Possible

The privacy of your iPhone is of utmost importance at all times, so bearing this in mind, we would be recommending some ways to ensure the security of your device at all times:

Permanently Erase Your Private Data

Amongst all the possible ways to ensure your data security, the surest way to protect yourself from identity theft/fraud, and privacy leak is to make use of iMyFone Umate Pro. This amazing software comes with awesome features that completely erase all your sensitive iOS data in just 1- click. Here are some of its features:

  • Secures your privacy by erasing sensitive data from your iDevice in one click, and making them unrecoverable.
  • Previews and erases files you have previously deleted but are still lurking around somewhere in your device, with zero chance of recovery.
  • Helps to protect your personal data like contacts, messages, pictures, and videos, browsing data, call history, audio-books, etc.
  • Erase your messages and attachments of third party apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Viber, and 10+ more.

Steps to Permanently Erase Your Private Data

Step 1. Download, install and open iMyFone Umate Pro. Connect your iPhone to your computer.

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Step 2. Select Erase Private Data mode and click on Scan button. It will scan all the private data on your iPhone and show them in a list.

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Step 3. From the list, select the data you want to get rid of, then click on Erase Now to process. This may take several minutes to permanently erase them.

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Make Sure Your iPhone Auto-Locks

To ensure/improve the security of your iPhone 聽and make sure your private data are kept private and safe from unauthorized access, it is important to have auto-lock set up on your phone. This makes your iDevice to lock by default after some minutes of inactivity. Here’s how to set it up:

Step 1: Navigate to the Settings app from the Home screen.

Step 2: Select Display & Brightness

Step 3: Click on Auto Lock

Step 4: Select your preferred timing: between 30 seconds to 5minutes.


Set a Passcode

Passcode is an essential security measure that protects all your personal data stored on your device. Without it, anyone who has a physical access to your iDevice- say a thief, for instance- can access all your personal information like financial details, emails, pictures/videos, text, etc, and so having a passcode makes that harder. Check out the steps for setting it up on your device below-

Step 1: Go to Settings on your phone Home Screen.

Step 2: Select Touch ID & Passcode (or Face ID & Passcode if its iPhone X)

Step 3: Select Turn Passcode On

Step 4: Enter your preferred 6-digit passcode聽which you can easily remember.


Step 5: Confirm passcode by entering it again.

Step 6: You may be asked to log into Apple ID. If this happens, enter your Apple ID and select Continue. That’s all!

Enable Find My iPhone

One sure way to ensure your private data is safe from unauthorized access if it gets stolen/lost is to make sure Find My iPhone is enabled on it. This is an amazing feature of iCloud that uses your iPhone’s inbuilt GPS to track down your phone’s location, and lock/delete your device data over the internet to prevent the thief from accessing it. It is therefore of utmost importance that you enable Find My iPhone before your device gets missing because it would be too late after it’s already gone. Here’s how to set it up:

Step 1: Go to Settings

Step 2: Select iCloud

Step 3: Click Find My iPhone


Step 4: Move the slider to On (for iOS 5 & 6) or to green (on iOS 7 and later).

Step 5: In some iOS versions, another slider will appear again, asking to Send Last Location. This will send your device’s last-known location to Apple just before it runs out of battery. Since Find My iPhone cannot work on a device that has no battery power, this is used to try locating your device even when it’s out of juice.

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