Remember the times when cybercriminals focused their attacks mainly on desktop and laptop computers? Well, times are changing and today, cybercriminals are more often into smartphones and tablets. Smartphones may make our lives so much easier, but where you see a device that lets you check in to your favorite locations, and use mobile banking, but data thieves are also lurking in a corner ready to pounce on these devices.
With mobile threats, you might wonder which mobile operating will give you more safety and security, iOS, or Android? A custom software development company could provide app services for any mobile platform of your choice, but how do they keep these operating systems safe?
Better Security—iOS or Android
Android, from its inception, was designed to be an open platform, providing users more freedom to download any app as well as customize devices in any way they wish. Unfortunately, exploits, malware, and security vulnerabilities also come with freedom. App developers are always on the lookout to make devices more secure.
Fortunately, there are ways of making Android devices promote a safer environment. Reputable custom software developers offer apps that protect users from downloading malware from the Google Play Store accidentally. Furthermore, most apps also help protect users in case their phones are stolen.
While Android, by design, is less secure compared to iPhone, making sure you’re protected with security software and making sensible decisions when downloading apps that seem suspicious go a long way to keeping an Android device free from malicious software.
Often touted as the most secure mobile OS, and for good reason. iOS is locked down entirely. Any content uploaded to the App Store should be screened, and the impregnable interface of the OS ensures that even a downloaded malware from the web could not corrupt the device.
The main threat to the operating system however does not come from viruses, malware, or tech exploits, but from what’s termed as the “AppleJacker” who steals iPhones and extracts data by using jailbreaking software. Jailbreaking however has declined because Apple releases patches and software updates regularly, making it harder to jailbreak the newest iPhone version.
By activating the “Find My iPhone” feature on your phone protects yourself from stolen data. You can log into the service via the Web or other connected devices and erase all data remotely should you lose your phone. Occasionally, exploits that seamlessly unlock iPhones with a PIN or finger-scan locking enabled are found as well, but Apple by far has been releasing patches immediately as soon as these exploits were discovered.
iPhones are more secure compared to Android, isn’t it right? Apparently not! Now, Androids may be more secure than iPhones! For the longest time, the iPhone by Apple used to be deemed as to provide better security than the Android counterparts.
Apple flaunted how unbreakable its phones were. However, things have changed though. Although Apple still does not allow creating backdoors that could be accessed by the government in its devices, this does not seem to stop intelligence agencies from gaining access to iPhones.
A Vice report revealed that some organizations offer tools to break the encryption of Apple. In particular, Cellebrite, a cybersecurity outfit from Israel, with a Universal Forensic Extraction Device favored by the FBI has a tool that’s strong enough to break into iPhone models, which include the iPhone X. The tool enables the extraction of call logs, application data, messages, GPS records, and contacts.
It’s interesting though that doing so is significantly harder on Android. The tool failed to extract any app data, GPS records, and internet browsing adequately from phones such as Samsung Galaxy S9, and Google Pixel 2. What’s weirder is that it entirely failed to get anything from the Huawei P20 Pro device.
Safety is critical not just to enterprises, but all users take security and privacy seriously and expect their smartphones to hold an excellent safety standard. Android continues to grow in a lot of ways, and in fact, today is deemed more secure than the iPhone. Which is safe to say that indeed, the tables may have turned.
The fact of the matter is that both mobile operating systems are safe and secure as long as they’re used in a smart manner.
I’m Sam currently working as a Technical Writer in a Custom Application Development company in Australia. He’s excited about technologies and creativity that help innovators extract the most benefit from their businesses. He is all about learning, a good cup of coffee, and movies.