The general perception among many mobile users is that the Android system is more vulnerable to malware than iPhone. In this context, the questions generally raised are what aspects of Android phones make them less secure than iPhone.
Are these threats really serious or whether the Android system has become easy target because of its own popularity? In any case, Android OS faces a lot of uncertainty and anxiety and people are generally reluctant to use Android phone for fear of malicious applications.
Although iPhone appears to be a safer device, in practice, it is equally susceptible to malware threats, though the brunt of ‘more dangerous’ tag is borne by Android system There are a couple of reasons for this Firstly, iPhone appears safer because its developer, Apple has enforced strict controls on the software stocked in the Apple App. Store.
The open source style of Android and its App. Market makes it not only easier for the malware writers, but it also indicates that the software applications furnished to its directory are accessed by millions of users; whereas only very few can access Apple’s App. Store. The same thing applies to ‘firmware’ and OS related threats.
According to a few surveys, iPhone OS system might have more of these vulnerabilities. Although Apple is very efficient in addressing some of the security concerns and setting them right, it does not necessarily mean that iPhone is more secure than Android. It also means that it has less known threats and threats which are more difficult for people other than in the IT industry to decipher.
The Android systems open market features make it simpler to spread malware and unfortunately, the malware technology is so simple that anyone can write effortlessly. Secondly, ‘cyber criminals’ mainly target ‘Android platform’ not only because it is an open market system that enables these unscrupulous elements to spread malware with much ease, but also because of the spectacular rise in popularity of Android.
These criminals operate where there are huge monetary benefits. While Apple may be at present the world’s richest company, Android is the topmost mobile device system in the world. Microsoft Windows is foremost in ‘desktop platform’ and therefore, receives widest attention from cyber criminals.
Similarly, Android receives undue attention from the criminals because the number of possible targets is much higher. Moreover, ‘in the open market approach,’ the way Google deals with Android App.
Market makes it simpler for the criminals to spread malware. This is the penalty for having the freedom of an ‘Open Source Platform’. Although it does not mean that iPhone users have no leeway, in practice, the Android platform is easily targeted by these bad elements.
The open source architecture of Android permits developers and owners of handsets to misuse the Android system in any way they want. However, the system also permits identification of malware and threats detected so that Google can set them right without any delay.
As Android has number users, it is more vulnerable for misuse and more opportunities to make money through unscrupulous means. However, there are a number of effective tools to protect the user; he has to only remember to utilize them.