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Can iPhones Get Viruses from Websites [2022 Guide]

Written by, Dimitar F

Updated May, 25, 2022

The research conducted by Panda Security showed that Android devices were accountable for 47.15 per cent of malware infections, while iPhones were liable for less than 1 per cent. 

Still, many people wonder, “Can iPhones get viruses from websites” or not. The answer is yes and no. Namely, one of the ways iPhones can get viruses is when they are jailbroken. 

In this article, you’ll learn about different types of cyber threats, how to check for viruses and delete them, and tips for better security. 

Can iPhones Get Viruses from Websites?

Getting a virus on your iPhone is rare, but it can happen, especially if you’ve jailbroken your Apple device, making it vulnerable. 

Namely, some iPhone users decide to jailbreak their phones to change appearance and delete unnecessary apps, but at the same time, they’re exposed to malicious programs that affect jailbroken iPhones.

Types of Possible Cyberattacks on iPhones

According to Cisco, cybersecurity threats are becoming more widespread—and with the development of network-based ransomware worms, criminals can now begin the processes without the assistance of a human being. 

Type of AttacksDefinition
Phishing AttacksCyber-attackers acquire users’ login passwords and credit card information.
MalwareMalicious software variants (viruses and spyware).
Data BreachA security violation in which sensitive or confidential data is copied.
RansomwareA malware that uses encryption to hold a victim’s information at ransom.

How to Check Your iPhone for Viruses

If your iPhone has been acting strangely, you may have unwittingly permitted malicious software to run rampant on the device. Here are some signs that you need to look for:

  • Data Usage

Keeping a careful check on the amount of data usage is advisable and easy to do. Be on the lookout for an unexpected spike in cellular data. Compare the usage to a time when your activity wasn’t strange if you think your typical activities cannot account for that much data.

  • Battery Life

An irregular drain on the battery life can be a result of power-hungry applications or the natural wear and tear that comes with age. Also, there’s a possibility, although a remote one, that some kind of malicious software is operating in the background.

  • Too Many Ads

Due to third-party cookies, Google Ads tend to follow us across the internet wherever we go (unless you use a VPN on iOS, of course). You might have malware on your iPhone if you see many pop-ups, aside from regular ads.

  • Unknown Apps

Have you ever come across an app whose installation you just cannot recall despite your best efforts? This is a sign that it could be malicious.

  • Apps Not Working Properly

If you notice applications not working correctly or sending you to suspicious websites, a worm has infected your device. If this occurs and you believe that a virus is there, delete any applications that seem suspicious and then restore them from a secure backup.

How to Get Rid of Viruses on iPhones

Wondering how to clear viruses on iPhone? Below, you’ll find different ways to delete viruses and threats from your devices.

Erasing Website and History Data

If you’re certain the link you clicked is suspicious, you should clear your browsing and history data because sometimes the infected file can be in your Safari app.

Instructions:

  • Enable Airplane Mode
  • Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data 
  • Enable Block Pop-ups and Fraudulent Website Warning Options.

Erase Suspicious Apps

To delete suspicious apps from your device, follow these steps:

  • Settings > General> iPhone Storage
  • Tap on Suspicious App > Delete App

Restart to Stop Apps from Operating

Restarting your device sometimes can stop the malicious software from working. 

  • Press and Hold Volume and Side Button > Drag the Slider
  • Wait 30 seconds > Turn Back On 

Restore a Previous Backup Version

Another way to delete a virus is to restore a backup from the time your phone worked well.

  • Apps & Data > Restore from iCloud Backup > Sign In > Restore Backup

Reboot With Factory Settings

If none of the solutions above helped, you can reset all phone settings.

  • Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset All Settings 

Tips to Avoid Viruses

The likelihood of your Apple device being infected with a virus is low. However, it’s still susceptible to other types of cybersecurity threats. Therefore, you should learn how to safeguard it. 

Preventing viruses from infecting your iPhone is a rather basic process:

Constantly Update Your Software Version

If you want to keep your Apple device secure, it’s essential to update the software. Many users share concerns over the safety and protection of iPhones. To avoid any complications, set your iPhone to download software upgrades automatically while charging.

Avoid Clicking On Suspicious Links

When suspicious accounts send messages/emails to many recipients, it isn’t uncommon for such to include malicious (intended to harm) links. 

You should always verify the sender of the message/email. If the addresses to all and the list of recipients seem strange or foreign, it most likely is malicious, and you shouldn’t click on anything. 

I recommend downloading and installing a reliable antivirus software and avoiding clicking on suspicious links. 

Stay Miles Away From Public Wi-Fi

Hackers can place themselves between you and the connection point, one of the most significant risks of using free Wi-Fi. As a result, rather than having a conversation with the hotspot directly, your information is ultimately sent to the hacker, giving them access to your information, such as emails and credit card information.

If you need to use public Wi-Fi for some reason, be sure to have a VPN on your device.

Only Trust AppStore to Download Apps 

Did you know when you download software from a third-party website, it might potentially infect your mobile device with malicious malware? One thing that is similar to all third-party app stores is that they aren’t limited, which means that the owners of the operating systems don’t exercise control over them. Malware like this might give someone else the ability to take control of your device and private data, such as your contacts, device information, and email accounts.

Conclusion

Apple places a high priority on the protection of its customers. Due to these safety measures, any program uploaded to the App Store first passes stringent testing to ensure that it doesn’t include any malicious software or viruses. However, if you somehow get a virus, in this article, you have the tips for avoiding viruses, and you know how to detect and erase them.

FAQ

Can an iPhone Get a Virus from Visiting a Website?

iPhones aren’t as impervious to viruses and cybersecurity threats as many people believe they are, even though the number of possible viruses that may impact your iPhone is relatively low compared to the hundreds of known viruses that could infect your personal computer. So, the answer is yes.

How Do I Know If I Have a Virus on My iPhone?

Users are bound to investigate the matter and check it out to eliminate the threats and prevent any future issues that can arise as a result. Some alarming signs include a spike in data usage, too many ads, unknown apps installed, battery life draining quickly, or apps not working correctly.