Android versus iOS Security
Shared with: Public, Loki in New Orleans+1’d by: Julee KingLoki in New Orleans – 2013-07-17 13:02:26-0400Number of vulnerabilities needs to be looked at in the context of how many exploits for those vulnerabilities exist in the wild. While iOS had the most vulnerabilites there was only one threat targeting it. Android on the other hand leads the industry in active threats.
Note: Im not some mindless sycophant for either one. I use iOS for my mobile devices because the risks are lower, but most of my online work is based on Google Products (like Glass, which I will be picking up soon). I wish Android would step it up because using it would make a lot of things more secure, but I wont until they do. Keith I Myers – 2013-07-17 13:10:26-0400 – Updated: 2013-07-17 13:10:40-0400+George E. Williams IV – On android the risks are also quite minimal as long as you are only installing applications from the Play Store. Most of the “in the wild” exploits are pulled off by the user downloading and sideloading applications outside of the Play Store. Most of these applications are pirated. Loki in New Orleans – 2013-07-17 13:17:46-0400Don’t have enough direct knowledge to comment on that, although it would make sense. Thing is, I’m a techie and so are the majority of my friends.
Never known an iOS user personally that has had that issue. On the other hand I have known several people who have suffered malware exploits on their Android devices, bricking and other fun stuff. As far as I know most of the Android users in my circle who were affected had not jailbroken their devices. Of course empirical evidence is purely circumstantial, but still very much on my mind.
Personally I think we need a third OS to push both sides into tightening up their offerings.