Apple created iOS as “secure by default.” This means, for example, that apps for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded only from the App Store, which Apple moderates with a fine-tooth comb.
Moreover, apps are run in a unique way, each in its own sandbox, and cannot affect the operation of other programs or nose around in their data. As a result, writing malware for iOS devices is hard and not all that profitable, which is why it is quite
rare. The flip side is that antiviruses cannot operate in iOS, since they too are forbidden from checking up on the “neighbors.”
Despite the difficulties of writing malware for iOS, Apple users are not immune to cybercriminals. After all, besides malware, there are other threats — such as phishing and data interception, which we discussed in other courses for this specialization.
In this case, it doesn’t matter which operating system is on the device. So let’s see how to make an already secure system even securer (and more private).
The first step is to protect the device itself and the account to which it is attached. We covered this in detail in the lesson on setting up Apple accounts, so we’ll just outline the basic rules. Set a strong alphanumerical passcode and Touch ID
or Face ID for unlocking the gadget. An even stronger passcode is needed for your Apple ID account — at least 10 characters, including numbers, capital letters, and special characters, you know the drill. Never enter your ID on someone else’s
device, and do not allow others to enter theirs on yours. Lastly, enable tracking of your gadgets (look for Find My iPhone or Find My iPad in the settings) to locate or block them in case of loss or theft.
The next step is to install a reliable security solution. No, we didn’t get confused: Although antiviruses do not work under iOS, there are other applications that can help protect it.
For example, there is Kaspersky Security Cloud, which, inter alia, keeps phishers at bay on all platforms, including iOS. It will prevent you from accessing fake web pages, thus protecting your personal data and money. It is not a complete substitute
for vigilance, or a green light to enter personal information anywhere, but such protection will certainly help.
Kaspersky Security Cloud for iOS additionally provides a VPN with all standard functions: It protects the connection by encrypting transmitted data, and knows when to activate itself.
Plus there’s a password manager — so you can create ultra-strong passwords without fear of forgetting them.
Now for privacy. As we explained in the lesson on Apple settings, the system itself has no hand in tracking users, and collects only anonymized data for statistics and improving services. Apps, however, do sometimes try to spy — but only with your
permission. Therefore, when installing new apps, carefully monitor what rights you grant (and whether they are genuinely required), and check the permissions of those already installed in the device settings.
If you do not want Apple to get hold of your data even in generalized form, turn off ad tracking in the device settings and data transfer for analytics in iCloud.
And don’t forget that your iPhone is primarily a telephone, so the problem of unwanted calls is also relevant. Kaspersky Who Calls will guard against cold calls.
The application is essentially a caller ID system that checks incoming calls against databases of “problem” numbers.
It can even be configured to automatically drop calls you are not interested in.
Your digital life is probably not limited to your iPhone and/or iPad. If so, take a look at our other lessons to learn how to secure macOS/Android/Windows devices.
Which protection method does NOT work for iOS?