How do I detect if a keylogger has been put on my iPad

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    I recieved an iPad 2 for Christmas from someone but recently there have been some strange things happening that are not easily explained. I have had several of my accounts hacked and I get the feeling that the hacking has come via someone monitoring my iPad activity. Any dialogue is appreciated.
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    Welcome to our forums......I think that would be impossible to install a keylogger unless it was jail broKen and even then I would be surprised it could be done. I suggest you restore the iPad to factory state on your
    c or Mac
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    I don't think anyone could have installed any malware on your iPad unless they jailbroke it. Without jailbreaking, all apps have to come from the iTunes Store. There's no way a keylogger would be possible given how apps work in iOS, much less get past Apple's examination process. So I don't think you need worry. If you're really concerned, though, connect your iPad to your own computer and perform as restore as a new device. That will erase all the content on the iPad and start it afresh.

    Ah, I see I've been beaten to it :)
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    Is there a way to tell if the iPad is jail broken?
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    It will have an app called Cydia. (Note I do not have any experience jailbreaking, but I believe Cydia is the "unofficial app store" so it should be available on all jailbroken devices.)
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    Yes Kevin is right if you were Jailbroken you would have Cydia.

    The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

    We also have our own App - It is a very simple app to navigate.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discussion-forum-for-ipad/id412896524?mt=8
    Reading the IPad manual is a great place to start so please download a copy of these.
    http://www.support.apple.com/manuals/ipad/
    2 very informative threads from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-general-discussions/21590-tips-tricks-those-us-who-dont-know.html
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-os/49581-ios5-tips-tricks.html
    We have rules like any Community so please read these also
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    The wifi signal that you use on your iPad can be intercepted very easily. Even the 3G/4G signal can be intercepted. That should be the first thing to look at. Another thing is that various pertinent bits of your personal information can be sorted out from various sources, and put together to use against you. Once out in the world, the only thing you can do is change all your passwords.
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    Seadog...how would that work with a wifi signal being intercepted? In other words...what could someone do if they were able to intercept the wifi signal. My concern is that the ipad I recieved was from someone who would have an interest in "keeping tabs" on me. I've racked my brain as to how some of the things that have happened have happened and the only thing I can come up with is that the iPad was "bugged" somehow.
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    There is an app designed for parents I think to keep tabs on children's use of iPad:


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    @followthesapper...YES...I'm aware of that...that's why I'm inquiring about this. Could it be possible the person that gave me the iPad loaded the keylogger on it before they gave it to me and then packaged it to look like it hadn't been opened?
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    Hi every one,
    I found something at iTunes myLogger. I don't know if it works.
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    What iOS version are you on?, if you are on 5.1, then the pad cannot be jailbroken yet and the keylogger app requires a jailbroken device.

    If you are 5.01 or below, then it is possible your device has been jailbroken.
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    The bottom line is your iPad has to be jailbroken. Apple will not let that happen with their iOS.
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    I think it is good to have this technical discussion going on here. I hope that JElk41 can lighten up the darkness telling us if or not the device is jailbroken.
    However, I think therre are some basic questions not asked/ not answered!

    1. First of all, JElk41, who would have such an interest in investing in a christmas present just to spy out some accounts? ( I mean, honestly, unless the person who presented it to you got it from a doubtful source, you should seriously consider what a person would present you a bugged device, or????)
    2. Can you be sure that the hacking did no t happen by other means like phishing emails etc.?
    3. How secure is/ are your password(s)?
    4. A Do you regularly synch you iPad with your computer?
    4. B Do you use your very own Apple ID?
    4. C Does the person who gave you the iPad synch with the same computer/ have access to the computer?
    5. Do you regularly use WIFI networks without encryption (as free hotspots etc.)?

    To be honest, the first question I ask actually bothers me most in this story...

    ☠ stay safe ☠ stay legal ☠
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    Yeh, I agree with hpulmer, it is very worrying if you know someone who would got to such lengths.

    It is very easy to get phished or accounts hacked by keyloggers on public wi-fi/computers.
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    Is your wireless router locked down and require a password to access? Is encryption enabled on the router if available?

    As stated above an active keyboard logger is not a possibility. There is the minuscule possibility someone is sniffing router traffic if your network is not secure....highly improbable from my perspective.....someone would have to be extremely well versed in data communications and extremely motivated to be sniffing at the router level.
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    Whenever we use wifi or any type of wireless communication, the data indiscriminant. Meaning that anyone with a receiver within range of the transmitter (iPad) can intercept the signals. If they have the ability to read those signals, then they know everything that you transmit. You can put a passord lock on your home wifi receiver, but it will not protect your iPad from being listened to. Password protection of home networks is meant to protect your computers from being 'backdoored', or from others using your internet identity. Security is a personal effort and will require research outside of these forums to be effective. We can lend you what knowledge we have, but it is an area that you need to study up on. Remember this, even the most tech savvy companies struggle to keep up with device protection. That is because the more secure you make a device, the less usuable it becomes to consummers.
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    If someone had taken the time to open the package, jailbreak it, run custom jailbreak code to remove Cydia and then install a keylogger then yes it is possible but it's a very extensive process and unless you are doing things on your iPad that you should probably only be using a secure terminal for then I see no reason why anyone would go to the effort to install a keylogger.

    You can rest assured beyond that that no keylogger would have made it into the apple store. You should be ok!
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    are you just a tiny bit paranoid..or are people really out to get you...people here can here can only help if you are willing to tell us exactly what your ipad is doing that is suspicious... if it has not been jail broken then it will not have a key logger on it...it is far easier to steal identity form other sources then a ipad... are you internet practices up to par with not getting "stuff" stolen form your home computer... ? more info is needed here in order to help...not just you speaking in riddles and providing no info other then just a suspicion...be interested to hear why you feel someone would go to the extent needed to and required to open a box and bug it and then seal it back to factory look just to spy on you.
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    Most people do not realize how much information they share voluntarily. People post way too much about themselves on facebook and twitter. Even a message board like this could be a treasure trove of information if you paid attention. Something as simple as wishing each other happy birthday gives a critical piece of information for passing a security check for account verification. I have never once given my actual birthday.

    Lots of sites have security questions now for retrieving passwords. I give the correct information for critical sites but shopping sites and whatnot I give false information that I have committed to memory. You should also not use the same passwords.

    Also, never verify account information on an incoming call. If there is a problem ask for a number and an extension to call the person back. Look online to make sure the number matches with a branch or bank.

    The other super easy and low tech way of gathering critical information is for someone to just take your trash. I use a confetti shredder.

    My point is there are easier ways to get your information than rigging an iPad.
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