Since the i Phone OS is very secure by default, this situation may take month to change (or even years?
) so don't expect a virus scanner for your i Phone in the near future.
Also I don't personally know of any i Phone viruses that can be transmitted via Bluetooth or Wi Fi.
This of course may change in the future, however, at the time of writing this is correct ().
The device can be scanned for viruses, however there are no applications currently created that allow you to do this automatically.
There are several reasons for this that I will explain later.
Jailbreaking is well known so I speak candidly of it only because it is common knowledge to most i Phone users.
Its a catch 22 situation, if you don't pay for your apps you will need a virus scanner of some sort, but there wont be one (why create one for free) and if you pay for your apps then you dont need one (you are in apples walled garden).I do not wish to be associated with any illegal activity that you may take based on what you read the address book that it's infected...Â· You have to be careful before opening e-mail attachments as the attachments may be affected with a computer virus..Since this is the case, there is no incentive for anti-malware companies to create a scanning application.If however you jailbreak your phone and install an application manager such as "Cydia" and "Installous" (these are 2 well known application repositories - installous being the repo) then you are opening yourself up to viruses on your i Phone.Various forms of advertising, including additional toolbars, homepage hacks, and data insertion (while technically not a form of spying) are often also included in the term to determine the presence of spyware.Virus detection is more typically data-based, looking for specific patters of data that indicate the presence of a virus.The comment that they do not have hard drives and therefore cannot get viruses is also incorrect.Viruses (nowadays generally when we refer to viruses we mean malware of any kind and from now on I will use these terms interchangeably) can infect all kinds of devices from routers (known as router hijacking) to PC's Malware is indeed something that can infect your i Phone, however only in certain scenarios.Â· Don't open any email attachments or files if you don't know who who sent them.Spyware is a class of malware that, as its name implies, is typically designed to spy on you or your computer, silently collecting information that is subsequently sent on to others for typically nefarious purposes.