Q&A HTG - The Best AV for iOS (iPhone & iPad)?

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Staff member
Jan 8, 2011
As explained in the link below, NONE.
  • What's the best Antivirus for iOS?
  • What are "Mobile Security" apps found on App Store for iOS?
Read on HTG - What’s the Best Antivirus for iPhone? None!

The article begins with:

"You don’t need an antivirus for your iPhone or iPad. In fact, any “antivirus” apps you see advertised for iPhones aren’t even antivirus software. They’re just “security” programs that can’t actually protect you from malware."

iPhone security apps often include features that don’t help protect against malware, such as;
  1. Anti-theft features that let you remotely locate your phone—just like iCloud
  2. “Media vault” tools that can hide photos on your phone with a password
  3. Password managers, Call blockers and VPNs, which you can get in other apps
  4. Some apps may offer a “secure browser” with their own phishing filter, but those work similarly to the one already built into Safari


Level 17
May 16, 2013
You don't need an antivirus for iOS because:

- such few viruses for iOS and will be so rare to "see" one of them
Malware for iOS - The iPhone Wiki

- the application need to be installed from appstore(except jailbreak)
- the aplication is getting under scope by Apple
- iOS sandbox ( "For security reasons, iOS places each app (including its preferences and data) in a sandbox at install time. A sandbox is a set of fine-grained controls that limit the app’s access to files, preferences, network resources, hardware, and so on. As part of the sandboxing process, the system installs each app in its own sandbox directory, which acts as the home for the app and its data.")
- so iOS sandbox f...k up all antivirus software because they can't scan other apps or files
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