In the short time that it has been out, the IPhone has taken America by storm. It is the number one most desired phone in all of the key spending demographics and it is considered the “it” phone to have. More and more people have been signing up to get one and it is starting to see its share of copy cats. Everyone wants a piece of the success that Apple has experienced with the IPhone. Also with this success, comes people that will try to exploit it for their own personal gains. They will try to find holes in the phone and use it against people who are not tech savvy and can prove to be an easy victim. This leads to one question that should be asked, is your IPhone safe?
For the most part, the answer is yes. Your IPhone is safe to use and you should have no problem with it. But you have to remember, it is similar to a mini computer and just like any computer there will be holes for hackers to exploit. The IPhone is not as open as other systems, when it comes to the ability to be able to find these holes, but it can be done. As a matter of fact is has been done, several times now. The good thing about these holes being found is that it didn’t affect most users and they were patched up pretty quickly. There was a case of a boy in Australia who was able to take the IPhone and change users background wallpaper without their knowledge. This was mainly done on hacked versions of IPhones but other more experienced hackers found out how to do it on un hacked versions as well.
The fact that there are modded IPhones out there, show that the security on the phone is not completely safe. Several years ago, a group of hackers that wanted to make changes on their IPhone, set about trying find a way to do that. Once they found out how to do this, they released an executable onto the Internet that allowed others with IPhones to participate as well. Apple created patches to stop this activity but the hackers defeated the fixes every time. This shows with only time and some very knowledgeable people, the security of the IPhone can be compromised.
The security intrusion that most people should worry about, when using their IPhone, is when they are using the Internet features. They can fall victim to a phishing attack, the same as anyone using a computer. For some reason, people think that there are a new set of rules when you access the Internet from the phone, than it is when you access the Internet from a computer. It is the same thing. The same damage to your credit and reputation that can be done on the computer can happen on the phone as well. If you follow the same rules as you do when you are on the computer, you should be relatively safe.
For most people, security on the IPhone should be an afterthought. There are no serious attacks out there to worry about. But do not get too confident. There is someone out there right now, working on an attack vector for IPhone users. If you are careful, you should be fine.