Infected Apps in AppStore: How safe is your iOS device?

Recent discoveries which were made by security researchers from PaloAlto Networks and Fox-IT brought to light an important number of malicious applications available in AppStore.

In the last couple of months, Apple has repeatedly stated that its mobile OS is one of the safest (if it’s not even impenetrable) and that due to their rigorous approval process, no malicious app can be found on the App Store …. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Even if the applications which were discovered as being malicious were not necessarily containing viruses, they behaved either as spyware (by stealing passwords, capturing some sensitive device information etc.) or on a more serious note as ransomware as they could have received commands from attackers to inject the victim’s device clipboard with data, open specific URL’s or prompt fake alerts on the user’s screen.

Again, it looks like security on iOS devices is not perfect and even if malware in a traditional sense is not present there, the users of iDevices are vulnerable to having their private data stolen … This is the next area where security companies like Avira are striving to protect the users and protect their privacy at all costs.

Available for all iOS users,  Avira Mobile Security notifies you whether your email (and your contacts’ email addresses) have been breached and if your credentials were stolen (on various sites where the customer’s registered with them). Downloading it looks like a pretty great first step for those who want to start taking their iDevice security more seriously.

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Mobile Apps Development Manager @ Avira