Tech giant Apple’s iPhones and iPads are rated in the top list when it comes to security. However, when the world’s most sophisticated spyware attacks these devices, it creates a lot of fright amongst Apple users.
Recently, a similar scenario created panic among iPhone users around the world when a malicious spyware known as “Pegasus” used three zero-day vulnerabilities to spy on particular targets of the device.
Pegasus is one of the most sophisticated spywares that hacks iPhones and iPads. This extremely malicious software can begin a targeted attack on your iDevice without you ever knowing about it. Pegasus attacks in a way that it sends a message to the targeted device containing a link. When you click this link, the malware starts to download automatically on your iPhone. Through this link and with the use of three zero-day vulnerabilities, this particular spyware gets access to all the important details on your iPhone, including your Facebook and Gmail account details. It then afterwards sends this personal information of yours to the person who is behind the malicious attack.
However, fortunately Apple, in collaboration with the security firm Lookout, has come up with a fix to take action against Pegasus’ harmful threats, and this is being done in the form of a security update. Hence, to protect themselves from the dreadful threat, iPhone users are strongly recommended to update their devices to iOS 9.3.5 right away, which they can do by navigating to “Settings > General > Software Update” and then tapping on to “Download and Install.”
Although the latest iOS software update resolves the vulnerability issues caused by the spyware, iPhone users still have questions and doubts regarding the origin of Pegasus and how can it be detected easily so that they can protect their devices from being hacked.
If you think your iPhone (jailbroken or non-jailbroken) might be infected with Pegasus spyware, or you just want to assure for your own satisfaction that if your device is hacked, then you just need to follow some easy steps which are given below. These steps will help you identify whether or not your iDevice is affected by this harmful spyware.
Step#1 – First of all, download and install the Lookout app (free) on your iPhone or iPad that you think is infected.
Step#2 – Open the Lookout app you installed in Step#1 and sign up for an account. Registering for an account will require you to watch a simple tutorial along with allowing access to “push notifications” and the contacts on your device. After the sign up process is complete, you will have full access to the features of the security app.
Step#3 – For jailbroken device:
The “Security” section on a jailbroken device will either show “Caution” or “Warning.” Simply tap on “Security” and then go to “System Advisor.” If it shows the message “Your iPhone has been jailbroken” it means your device is perfectly ok and there is no sign of it being infected with Pegasus. However, if it says “Your iPhone has been compromised. Lookout has detected Pegasus threat on your device” it means your device IS infected with the spyware.
For non-jailbroken device:
On a non-jailbroken device, if the “Security” section shows “Secure” it means everything is just fine and your iPhone is not infected with Pegasus. However, if it shows “Warning” or a “Caution” message then just tap on “Security” to see the reason for this message. After that, navigate to “System Advisor” where you will see the message saying “Your iPhone has been compromised. Lookout has detected Pegasus threat on your device” in case if your device is infected.