Linked by David Adams on Tue 11th Nov 2014 17:39 UTC
Apple Over the weekend, Pangu released their iOS jailbreak for the Mac, which is the capstone on a weeks-long journey of incremental releases that brought the wonders of non-Apple-approved software to iDevice users bit by bit according to their level of tinkering devotion. Last week, after an aborted attempt, I managed to jailbreak my iPhone 5S, and though I'm still dealing with some of my favorite tweaks not having been updated to work with the new OS, I'm pretty happy with the update, and I can recommend it for most users. Read more, for the rest.
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RE: Now what?
by David on Wed 12th Nov 2014 16:24 UTC in reply to "Now what?"
David
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iOS devices can get infected with Wirelurker whether they're jailbroken or not (and not easily). And ironically, if you are jailbroken, it's easy to see whether you've been infected (you just SSH in and look for a particular file). If you're not jailbroken, the instruction is to "Check whether there are any suspicious apps you did not install." Real helpful. I have so many random apps that they're all suspicious.

The thing preventing me from installing Malware while jailbroken is the same thing preventing me from getting Malware at all. I install apps using an app store (Cydia) that's run by a trustworthy person, and before I add a 3rd repository, I make sure it's legit. It's a lot harder to install sketchy software on jailbroken iOS than it is on Windows or Mac, so why aren't you scolding me for using Windows?

Don't worry, I won't be posting anything about "how horrible Apple's security is in their devices" unless Apple's security really is horrible. And it is sometimes, though not often. But I agree with you. If people disable security protections then install malware by accident, they deserve what they get.

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