What To Do To Prevent Your iPhone From Virus

Can I Get an iPhone Virus? While getting an iPhone virus is a legitimate concern on an Internet where there are thousands (and likely many, many times more) or viruses, most users don’t have to worry about their phone picking up a virus.

While the technically correct answer is yes, iPhones (and iPod touches and iPads, since they run the same operating system) can get viruses, the likelihood of that happening (at least right now) is extremely low. There have only been a few iPhone viruses created and most were created by security researchers and haven’t been released on the Internet.

Of the iPhone viruses that are “in the wild,” there are worms, a kind of virus, that almost exclusively attack iPhones that have been jailbroken. So, as long as you haven’t jailbroken your device, your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad should be safe from viruses.

The first iPhone/iPod Touch virus was cute, it rick-rolled unsuspecting victims. Now, that silly virus has been re-engineered into something sinister. The same trick that rick-rolled unsuspecting jailbreakers is being used to silently steal email messages, SMS messages, calendar data, contacts, music, photos, video and iPhone App data.

So, what can you do to avoid this and any other jailbreak virus? If I lost my data due to these, how can I get back lost data from my iPhone?

One HUGE Detail

Before I go any further, I want to stress to everyone out there freaking out over their iPhone.This virus only affects jailbroken iPhone / iPod Touches. If you don’t know what jailbreaking is or don’t have a jailbroken iPhone, this virus will not affect you..

How To Stop This Virus?

Well, for one thing you can un-jailbreak your iPhone and go back to standard firmware. That’s not always the best option for certain users not using their iPhones on the “recommended” networks or using features not approved by their carrier.

You basically need to do what you were supposed to do when you jailbroke your iPhone – Change your root and mobile passwords. That’s actually all you need to do. See, when you jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch is set with a standard username/password – root/mobile and alpine. Much like installing Windows Security Updates, changing this password secures you from the virus.

How Do You Change Your Root and Mobile Password?

  1. If you installed SSH access, SSH into your iPhone / iPod Touch.
  2. If you haven’t installed SSH access, Download Mobile Terminal through Cydia and run it.
  3. Type: passwd
  4. For the old password, type: alpine
  5. Set your mobile password, use something secure that you’ll remember.
  6. There will be no success or “Password changed!” message, if you don’t see an error – it’s changed.
  7. Now type: login root
  8. When prompted for password, type: alpine
  9. Type: passwd
  10. For the old password, type: alpine
  11. Now pick a secure password and enter it.
  12. If you don’t see an error message, you’re all set!
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