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Thread: Can Apple products get viruses?
12-07-2012, 02:22 PM #1
Can Apple products get viruses?
Me and my friend were arguing about this, can they get viruses? I think they can, him not so much.
12-07-2012, 02:24 PM #2
12-07-2012, 02:25 PM #3
Yes they can. Especially Apple computers/Mac OS X. Google the flashback trojan.
So can iOS products, although not as commonly. The iOS viruses only effect Jailbroken devices.
12-07-2012, 02:26 PM #4
12-07-2012, 02:30 PM #5
They can, but since apps run in their own sandboxed environment a virus wouldn't be able to do much unless you were jailbroken, like JL said.
12-07-2012, 02:32 PM #6
Every OS can get viruses, nothing is 100% immune. It doesn't always require exploits either, just a little social engineering.
12-07-2012, 02:38 PM #7
12-07-2012, 02:38 PM #8
To add to my post, this is a visual of how iOS security works in a nutshell. This can be found on Apple's dev site:
Basically, Apple doesn't need an anti-virus program for iOS because it doesn't leave room for a virus (or trojan, other malware etc) to get into the system in the first place. If you use you iPhone as intended then the only place you get applications from is through the apps store. And everything that goes through the apps store is rigorously checked to make sure that it contains no malicious code. Thus, the only way to get a virus would be to download an app or such from another source, such as Cydia.
There have also been a few exploits found, like the Bluetooth one a while back, but for the most part these are small, contained things and never become widespread.
Last edited by ToxicJew.; 12-07-2012 at 02:39 PM.
12-07-2012, 02:40 PM #9
Oh I see, so it's just harder to get a virus on an apple product than on a regular computer like Dell?
12-07-2012, 02:42 PM #10
Dell is a manufacturer, the OS gets the virus, not the brand of the computer.
But yes, assuming you're talking about Windows, because on computer OS's you generally have the freedom to download whatever you want with no restrictions, unlike the App Store of iOS. Macs are not as likely to get viruses because the majority of viruses are made for Windows due to the low percentage of OS X users, but Macs are just as susceptible.