Worried about malware? Don’t make these mistakes with iPhone or iPad


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When it comes to mobile devices, it’s Apple vs. everyone else. The iOS-powered iPhone and iPad are produced by the same company, while you can get an Android device from many manufacturers. The debate is one for the ages, but Apple fans have always had one key argument in their favor: malware and virus protection.

There has been a misconception for years that Apple devices are immune from malware. The truth is that there’s no such thing as perfect security. Developers and hackers are constantly playing catch-up with each other. For every new form of security, there is someone out there trying to crack it. And Apple products are not exempt. Tap or click here for signs your device is infected.

Hackers want your information and they have plenty of tools at their disposal, though you can minimize your risk.

Don’t jailbreak your phone

Jailbreaking your iPhone can be tempting. By removing its built-in limitations, you can install third-party apps at your whim, customize settings, delete unwanted factory apps and more. But you also expose yourself to new problems, such as voiding your warranty and losing access to service at the Apple store. Worst of all, you give up Apple’s built-in protection.

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One of the most common ways to introduce bad code to your device is through an app. Apple combats this with App Sandbox, limiting how much access an app has to your files, preferences and hardware. All third-party app developers must have App Sandbox enabled in their software before distributing it in the App Store. When you download an app outside the official store, you lose this layer of security.

A hot spot for cybercrime

Public Wi-Fi carries its own risks, be it a hotel, coffee shop, bar or restaurant. You are relying on that network’s encryption or security, which is usually nonexistent or not strong. A hacker can also access that network the same as you and use it to get into your device.

That same hacker can also create their own hotspot and name it something familiar, inviting unsuspecting guests into their malicious network. That’s why it’s important to avoid public Wi-Fi. If you must use it, you need to…