There is a new mobile app that made its debut in Apple’s App Store last weekend, and it has the ability to alert iOS mobile users if the security of their iPhone devices has been compromised. Specifically, the System and Security Info app monitors the iPhone’s central processing unit (CPU), storage, and disk usage, plus a list of all ongoing processes. With regards to security, the app notifies users if their handset has been attacked or invaded by malware and other potentially harmful software. The app even has the ability to ascertain if the programming code in the iOS mobile operating system has Apple’s own digital signature, which confirms that the OS has not been modified by any third party.
What makes the System and Security Info mobile app so easy to use is that the bulk of the data being presented through it is pretty much readable and understandable. For instance, green lights that are displayed beside specific items signify that all is good, while red lights basically connotes a possible security related problem.
Want to know if your iPhone device has been jailbroken? The System and Security Info mobile app is able to determine that, too. This feature is particularly useful for those who have purchased used iPhone devices, or had their Apple handsets lent to other users. A jailbroken iPhone essentially means that the device has gone through modifications in order for it to install mobile apps not made available in Apple’s App Store. But it bears noting that jailbroken smartphones are more vulnerable to malware because by virtue of having been already modified, their security may already have holes.
Apple and rival Google are always wary of malware carrying mobile apps, and are trying to prevent these harmful software from making their way to both companies’ respective app stores. But despite their efforts, it is no guarantee that every app that goes through their extensive screening process is clean.
This is where the System and Security Info mobile app plays an important role -- it provides an extra layer of security, particularly for iOS mobile users. The app was actually developed by Stefan Esser, a security researcher and iOS hacker who hails from Germany. Esser created the app because he wanted mobile users to have a cost effective solution for protecting themselves against suspect software. Esser has also stated that he will be publishing upcoming blog posts in order to further give more information about how the System and Security Info mobile app works.
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