How to protect my iPhone from hackers

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How to protect my iPhone from hackers
Avoid connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Some 97 percent of the mobile malware threats detected by McAfee Labs at the beginning of 2013 were designed to attack devices running Google's Android operating system. If you're an iPhone user, don't let this information lull you into a false sense of security. Just because there's fewer viruses floating around for Apple's smartphone, it doesn't mean you're not at risk of your device being hacked.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Keep Bluetooth turned off at all times when you're not using it. Hackers can relatively easily gain access to your iPhone through your Bluetooth connection. Tap the "Settings" icon on your home screen, hit "Bluetooth" and toggle the Bluetooth switch to the "Off" position. Try not to use Bluetooth when you're out in public.

  2. 2

    Avoid using unsecured public Wi-Fi networks. Don't carry out sensitive activities such as logging into your online bank accounts if you must use one. If a hacker happens to be using the same unsecured network as you, he may be able to intercept any information you send.

  3. 3

    Ensure your iPhone's running the latest version of iOS. Apple rolls out new security fixes and patches with each updated version of its mobile operating system. If you're running an older version, your device could be vulnerable to attack. Tap "Settings" on your home screen, hit "General" and then "Software Update." Your iPhone will then check for available updates.

  4. 4

    Navigate to Apple's App Store on your iPhone and buy a reputable antivirus application. You can also buy apps that add an extra layer of security to the passwords stored on your handset.

  5. 5

    Don't open emails from unrecognised senders. Clicking on a link in a spam email could infect your iPhone with a virus that may allow hackers access to your device. You should also avoid visiting websites that harbour malware and not transfer files that may be infected viruses to your phone.

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