Did you jailbreak your phone, or do you know someone who has? If you did or you do, you might be vulnerable to some pretty nasty malware. CTV News reports that 250,000 people with jailbroken iPhones have been infected with keyreader malware.
Okay, but WTF is keyreader malware?
Think of it this way: you use a keyboard, and tasks or functions require your fingers to hit those keys hard or soft, depending on how you like it. Each keystroke can be, well, recorded. And we hit some keys in succession more regularly than others, which can give the people infecting your stuff with malware the ability to decode usernames and passwords. And then get access to things that require said usernames and passwords. And phones have become vulnerable to these attacks recently because jailbreaking makes phones more vulnerable (and hackers are getting better), because they no longer are equipped with the security measures iPhones come with.
Okay, that sucks, but WTF do I do about it?
Go to the app store now and review your purchasing history. Do you notice any weird things that you are certain you didn’t download? Like, for example, are there weird third party apps that you have never seen in your life? That’s a signal that you could be vulnerable.
Okay, I did that but is there anything else I need to do? WTF? Come on, I’m scared!
Start using two-step verification. This may require an extra step and a bit more memory (to, y’know, remember the password), but it creates an additional barrier between your phone and some jerk who wants to cause havoc. Two-step verification options are available for iTunes, Facebook, Twitter and the usual suspects. You’ll create a password and a pin number. So, even though the hacker/worst person ever can get entry through the first password, they’ll never have access to your secondary pin.
Okay, these are all great tips but WTF I want it to stop!
You can go to your settings now and reset your phone to its factory (default settings). You may like having a jailbroken phone, but ultimately it isn’t worth it. Now that you know someone could be futzing about with your phone without you even knowing it, it’s kind of creepy. It’s like having your house broken into and then never feeling quite comfortable again.
Watch the video above for more expert tips on how to spot and how to fix this very modern problem.