How to detect malware on iPhone

Posted by Adam Zhang on

Many people believe it’s impossible to get malware on an iPhone. It is true that Apple devices are far more secure than android handsets but it is still possible for your iPhone to get infected, rare, but possible.

Five ways to check for malware on your iPhone

Review Battery Performance

Malicious apps work in the background consuming a lot of your battery power. If lately, you have been experiencing abnormal battery performance it might be due to malware on your device.

To check battery performance on your device,

  • Go to Settings > Battery > Show detailed usage.
  • If you find an app that you don’t recognize, uninstall it immediately.

Keep track of your Apps

It’s easy to overlook malicious apps as they can seem like any other app. Look for unknown apps hiding in your device.

  • Swipe through your screen and look for apps that you don’t recall installing. Remove such apps if you find one. Also, remove apps if you don’t know what it is used for.
  • To see a list of all the apps you’ve purchased, go to ‘AppStore > Tap your profile photo > Got to Purchased’. If you find an app that is not on this list, it can be potentially malicious.

Watch out for pop-ups

If you’re experiencing a lot of pop-ups on Safari, firstly check if you have turned on block pop-ups on your device

  • Go to ‘settings > safari’.
  • Under the ‘General’ section you will find ‘Block Pop-Ups’ toggle. Turn it on if it isn’t already.

If the problem still persists it might be due to malware. Do not click any of such pop-ups as it may lead to a security breach.

Check for unexplained charges

Malicious apps can use your data in the background in order to transfer information. Go through your billing statement and check if your data usage is suddenly increased or whether you are paying for SMS to private numbers.

Clear your browser history

Go to Settings, click on Safari and find Clear History and Website Data. Tap ‘Clear’.

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