5 best antivirus apps for iPhone and iPad

This list might have the only click bait title that I ever personally write. You see, antivirus apps don’t generally work well on iOS at all. Antivirus apps require a bunch of access to various parts of the operating system in order to do its job. However, unlike most, iOS doesn’t grant that level of access to any app, ever, for any reason. Thus, antivirus apps on iOS simply can’t see enough of your iPhone’s system to properly protect it. This list won’t have your usual suspects like Malwarebytes or McAfee. There are apps out there that can help you protect yourself from other sorts of attacks, though.


LastPass
Price: Free / $23.99 per year
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LastPass won't protect from viruses or malware. However, it can protect against hackers. It stores your passwords and remembers them so you don't have to. You simply put in the site, your username, and your password and LastPass does the rest. Additionally, it has a powerful password generator. It makes hacking your account much less likely. Plus, LastPass is cross-platform with Windows, Mac, and Android and it has TouchID support. You even get AES-256 bit encryption, offline support, and multi-factor authentication support. The yearly subscription is a little expensive, but you get what you pay for. There are other password manager options as well.
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Resilio Sync
Price: Free
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Resilio Sync is a neat cloud storage option. It uses your computer's hard drive as your cloud storage account. This is an excellent option for the security conscious. You set up the app on your iPhone or iPad and then also on your computer. You can transfer files to your computer directly. It works just like Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, or the others. However, you know exactly where your data is going and it's to your own computer. This along with a VPN should keep your data about as safe as it can be in this digital age. It's a little complicated, but it works well.
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Safari
Price: Free
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Safair is the stock browser on the iPhone and iPad. Apple packs quite a bit of security into it. That includes protection from dangerous or malicious URLs, phishing scams, and other such problems. Most browser support by antivirus apps use a database of malicious URLs and other such metrics that Safari also has access to and Safari is completely free. It is far more effective for iPhone and iPad owners to just use Safari than it is to use a third party browser and then add an antivirus to the mix to protect it. You don't have to download it because it's already on your device.
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Sophos Mobile Security
Price: Free
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Sophos Mobile Security is one of the few antivirus apps for iPhone and iPad that we actually like. For starts, it's entirely free. Thus, even if there are any superfluous features, you aren't paying for them. The app does feature web browsing protection, password management, multi-factor authentication support, and some WiFi security features as well. The UI is relatively simple and good looking. It seems to understand that standard antivirus protection isn't necessary on iOS and instead uses a different approach for the stuff that it can handle. Did we mention that it's free?
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TunnelBear VPN
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $29.99 per year
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TunnelBear is one of many good VPNs on iPhone and iPad. VPNs provide tons of protection to your data. It keeps people from stealing it at public WiFi locations and a good one doesn't keep track of you at all. TunnelBear is one of the good ones. It has a free tier for 500MB per month. The subscription service is also much cheaper than most of its competition. It also comes with a strict no logging policy, AES-256 bit encryption, and a simple user interface. There are plenty of good options. However, 500MB of month is good enough for checking your email on Starbucks WiFi and the unlimited plans are very cheap with TunnelBear. We like it a lot.
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If we missed any great antivirus apps for iPhone or iPad, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out more DGiT app lists!

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