This is an age old debate that will most likely go on for as long as the two giants retain their positions in the tech world. Which of the two platforms is offering a more secure user experience? With both Android and iPhone pushing out new devices and updates, the question warrants a revisit if nothing else.
Why Users Should Care
While some people approach this argument as more of a fandom issue, the real reason why we are so obsessed with who is better at securing the privacy of and safety of our phone’s content is that we are living in dangerously digital times – times that require a heightened awareness of all the big bag malicious stuff out that waiting for us all.
The Malware Problem
So which of the two platforms really does keep people more safe? According to TechCrunch over 96 percent of malware targeting mobiles during the fourth quarter of 2012 was aimed at Android. That’s a harrowing number and one that should not be ignored. Kaspersky painted a gloomier picture of 2013 where 98.1 percent of all malware targeting mobiles turned out to be aimed at Android devices once again. Android’s malware issues are the stuff of legends, and the iPhone doesn’t come anywhere near this level of threat. The reason for this is that the Android platform is an open source one.
The iPhone on the other hand is also susceptible to being targeted, but an iPhone user can rest at ease if they have managed to steer clear of jailbreaking their device – the same cannot be said for Android.
Since both these platforms are so popular security apps are almost always available on both. There are a few safety solutions that may not be available on both, however, there are plenty of alternatives that users can make use of. This is one area where both platforms are evenly matched.
Which platform offers more security to businesses? We live in times where it’s not a big deal for people to be given company devices, or indulge in a bit of BYOD. Wondering which one offers a more secure experience is an important question because company devices, or BYOD devices used for official work, can often compromise a whole lot more than just one person’s data.
Phishing attacks can damage both platforms and fool users into opening up windows where the doors have been bolted shut. However, once again, because Android’s very nature is open source it leaves more room for malware and attacks to do more damage. This is not the case with Apple that has never been open source and will potentially never be open source. Any business that wants to invest in mobile devices should take a deeper look at how the risk associated with the devices they are trying to bring on board will affect their IT logistics.
At the end of the day, despite the fact that Android cannot compare to iPhone in terms of security, it is still a viable option because of the plethora of features it brings to the table.