Can iPhones get viruses?

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  • I was playing sudoku on my phone earlier, like I've done thousands of times before (literally!) and all of a sudden some really pornagraphic pictures popped up, trying to direct me to a porn site.


    I don't think it's the sudoku app, because I had it happen once before when I was reading an article on Facebook. It wasn't porn related in the slightest, so I was confused then.


    Now it's happened twice it's started to worry me, because quite often I'll have mates kids asking if they can play games on my phone and I'd be mortified if these images popped up while someones child was playing on my phone.


    Any ideas where they came from and how to stop it happening again? I haven't done a software update for a while. I'm on ios5. Last time I did an update I lost everything on my phone (including all my numbers) and I was without my phone for days while it was fixed. So I'm really reluctant to do another upgrade.

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

  • Hmmmm, never thought of taking it into an apple shop. I could let them deal with it instead!

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

  • That new IOS is a waste of effort AND although my phone has been sat in drawer for week or so since update, it now shows flat and won't take a charge off anything,
    (never ocurred until now)
    in appearance the new IOS isn't all that great anyway.

  • That's my worry. I hate apple at the best of times, but I can't think of anything, other than an update, that will stop these inappropriate pop ups. Until I know it's sorted, I won't be lending my phone to any of my nieces or nephews or mates kids, so now I feel really mean!!

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

  • Has it been jailbroken to accept all networks, I ask because they are often bedeviled with problems after this,
    The last one I bought from E-bay had been Jailed' and ultimately I demanded a refund, what with the camera not working properly ( a giveaway apparently)


    I'm back on Blackberry again after my last Iphone

  • No, it's not had anything done to it. I've had it since new, two years ago, and have looked after it really well.

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

  • Updated it once and it all went fucked up so I do t want to do it again!


    Is it the general consensus that an upgrade is the only way to stop this happening?

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

  • Trying to update an iPhone over 3g seems to have the potential for causing problems. I had three iPhones in three weeks when I first switched and it's lucky the man in the phone shop was a mate or they would not have sorted it. These days I do not update iOS unless I am in an Apple Store. I generally use the one in Norwich and even if I don't book ahead I don't usually have to wait long to see someone. You get access to their Wi-Fi and help is on hand in case anything becomes unravelled. Before you attempt to upgrade make sure you do a full backup to iCloud. I keep getting notices that I need to update, but I shall continue to cancel them until I can get over to Norwich or maybe Cambridge.

  • I don't have a cloud because I can't work the fekkin things. This is the last gadget I am owning that starts with an i.

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

  • And I'm an Apple fan as well,
    fundamentally after the frequent purchase of PC based hardware, came across mini-mac then macbooks then iphone, although drew the line under the phones after a little while
    they seem mostly a vehicle to run apps on that you can live without quite happily,


    its blackberry as far as phone in my pocket just now,


    The advice to be in shop during any alterations in operating system is by far best idea definitely, but buying a stable phone in first place is my advice

  • As far as stability goes, you cannot get much better than an iPhone as the software is designed specifically for one type of hardware, which tends to take out a lot of the variables. Blackberries are set to become rarer as they have pulled out of the smart phone market.


    The inherent problem with smart phones is that they are basically a mini version of your desktop computer, in fact the processor in my iphone runs at an equivalent speed to the computer I had 10 years ago. As they run a sophisticated operating system they are vulnerable to malware just the same as any other computer. Updating your phone on a regular basis will get you the latest patches, a lot of the time these are due to vulnerabilities being found which an attacker can exploit.

  • You need to do a backup of your data.
    This shows how to backup to the cloud: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1766


    I'm amazed the iphone doesn't have the option to plug in an SD card, though apparently the apple store can do it for you. They assume everyone has a mac to back up to.
    They're really cheap and very handy. If you can afford 2 you could leave one in your van or even with your dad incase you lose your phone or it gets buggered in an update.


    You could also get some security apps. Start with this:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/ap…bile-security/id692893556
    I don't have an iphone but I use that on other devices and it's great.
    Once you have it installed do a scan for nasties.

  • While I'd agree iphones would appear one of the best bets, I have to say all our sales force were issued them last month and all mention the number of calls dropped out and about nationally,


    Android based seem to offer gesture/voice/games & comparable apps, but from what my friends would have me believe, given to freeze mid task, and vulnerable to physical damage easily,


    any and all phones regardless of OS are now constrained by the plateau in battery technology, a common question asked: do you really need such a powerful processor set to make calls and read mail,
    the benefit being the time saved with a decent chip preserves battery life,


    you may be interested to learn it requires the same manufacturing energy to create Two refrigerators as it does one iphone,
    whereas it requires one fridge for anything else commonly on sale.......