Do iPhones Really Need an Antivirus?


There’s one question as old as the iPhone itself: Do you really need to install an antivirus app on your iPhone?

The TL;DR version for this question is that all devices, no matter the company behind them, are at risk of getting malware. The good news is that the iPhone’s one of the most secure operating systems available right now. 

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should rely only on Apple to protect your iPhone. You need to do your part as well. Here’s what you need to know.

There Aren’t Really Antivirus Apps Available to Begin With

The truth is even if you wanted to install an antivirus on your iPhone, there aren’t any apps available on the App Store. 

Apple’s own operating system, iOS, has enough security features to work as an antivirus on its own basically. Meaning it’s got enough security features to make sure no third-party app or cybercriminal infects your iPhone with malware at any time. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But companies like McAfee and Avast do have apps on the App Store.” And you’re right; most companies that are well-known for their antivirus programs have an on the App Store. However, they don’t work as antivirus. 

Suppose you check McAfee, for instance. It’s an app that has everything but an antivirus. Most apps offer other features like Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), security checks for websites and Wi-Fi networks, and even passwords managers. 

Why is that? Apple doesn’t let them have antivirus because the company thinks the iPhone doesn’t need it. And, for the most part, Apple’s right. 

The Bright Side of Apple’s Policy Against Sideloading 

Sideloading vs. Apple has been a hot topic as of late, and there’s a reason for that. The company doesn’t want you to sideload apps into the iPhone. 

In case you don’t know anything about sideloading, this basically means that you’re able to install apps from websites and third-party apps without using the App Store. 

You can sideload apps pretty easily on most devices, except for the iPhone (and iPad). Even though this is a huge limitation—and a solid reason why people…

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