Despite the popular belief that iOS devices are usually not attacked by viruses, the truth is that for some years more and more malware has been created especially to affect these operating systems, putting millions of devices and data at risk world. So be wary of the applications we download, be aware of how our devices work and know how to reset your iPhone if it is affected by a virus is very important.
Among some of the most common iOS malware, we find the following:
Detected in November 2014, it was created in China and was considered, in due course, as “the greatest threat recorded for Apple products.” It is a virus capable of removing contact data, text messages and even having absolute control of the devices. It is integrated into the system through “normal apps” that can be downloaded from the iStore and infects iPhone, iPod or iPad via USB when connected to the infected computer.
Another dangerous malware is Codgost, discovered in 2015, but has recently been updated. It was specially created to steal information from the Mac; and usually reaches the device through downloads that are not official, according to Panda Security.
The iWorm was discovered in late 2014 and to date, it has been estimated to have infected 17,000 IP addresses worldwide. It is not very clear how it reaches the Mac, but apparently creates a kind of “backdoor” that integrates the Mac into a zombie network, giving attackers all sorts of sensitive information such as email passwords, social networks and even checking accounts. Sometimes, in addition, it allows them to control the computer remotely.
These types of viruses are just some of the at least 2.2000 that exist today, and although there is no exact way to determine how they infect our equipment, there are ways to prevent it by following the following tips:
- Avoid jailbreaks. Yes, even if they are a great alternative to personalize your iOS device, you are exposed to viruses that could steal your information, even causing you to reset your iPhone factory to kill them.
- Do not download anything from unofficial websites. Doing so would provide a gateway to this malware created to access your data and confidential information.
What do I do if I have a virus on my device?
If you notice your iPhone too slow, or your Mac consumes too many CPU resources abnormally. You probably have a virus. Scan your devices from your computer with an antivirus that should always be active, and thus anticipate any threats. Now, if you do not have that possibility or even after the scan continues to give you problems. It may be better to perform the factory restore.
To reset your iPhone from iTunes go to the “Summary” tab and perform the reset. But not before making a backup in iTunes. You can also do the restore from your own device, following the steps explained in your user guide to reset the iPhone. Where you will find screen-to-screen how to do it and remove any trace of dangerous malware from your iPhone.
Preventing and knowing what threats you expose by relying on non-official products is crucial for your data and private information to be protected. Because even if the system is designed to avoid failures, not giving opportunities to malware is also your responsibility.