IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: 10 iOS Security Apps to Protect Your iPhone, iPad from Hackers

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2011-11-15 Print this article Print
Intego VirusBarrier

Intego VirusBarrier

Mac-security firm Intego's VirusBarrier application scans the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for malicious content. Unlike comparable Android products, the VirusBarrier application scans only files downloaded onto the device, such as email attachments and files downloaded from the Web. The sandbox technology used in iOS prevents VirusBarrier from being able to see what other applications are doing.
The low volume of serious malware for the iOS platform makes iOS users complacent about the kinds of security risks they are facing. But the truth is that iPhone users still face a variety of security threats. Webmail accounts can be hacked when users click on malicious links or have their identity stolen because they entered data on phishing sites from the mobile Web browser. Until recently, it was a challenge to find mobile-security applications specifically for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch on the iTunes App Store. That is beginning to change with applications designed to protect iOS devices when they are lost or stolen, secure personal data, scan Websites and detect malware-infected files. Some ways to stay safe are obvious, such as turning on pass code locks and auto-lock to restrict physical access to the phone. The "erase data" function would automatically wipe the iPhone after 10 failed pass code attempts, preventing brute-force attacks. This eWEEK slide show looks at products that can help protect iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch users from dangers that come with the mobile life.

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