You have probably either witnessed or been engaged in a battle between Android and Apple smartphones. If not, try asking a friend that uses a different OS, which system they think is better. While they are both quite different, more often than not, you will hear or present the argument that Apple phones are safer than Android. Thus, making iOS undoubtedly supreme. However due to recent cyber attacks against both platforms, the intriguing question -which OS is safer?-has resurfaced and demands an answer.
First we must consider why Apple users think that iOS is a safer bet. This is because the Android platform is more prevalent in the market and also more open and vulnerable. It is assumed that Apple is more secure thanks to the comparatively limited availability and access.
A recent statement from a Tripwire security researcher said, smartphones are naturally a malware target due to the abundance of personal data available on them. Though experts on cybersecurity strongly believe that the Apple iOS is better secured, Android’s director Adrian Ludwig disagrees. He says that his software is a safer bet in the long run. This can be attributed to the fact that Android’s open-source system allows the public to single out security issues.
Android smartphones are fitted with the inbuilt ‘Safety Net’ software, which has the ability to scan more than 6 billion applications spread over 400 million devices, every day. Due to this, only around one percent of Android smartphones are actually hit by malware.
As of now, there has been no instance of multiple users being affected by one particular malware. The director also contended that this sort of attack is highly impossible and is not a concern for users.
Thus it can be said that the security levels of the Apple iPhone 7 are on par with the Android enabled, Google Pixel smartphone. So if you are considering a switch between the two, security threats should not be a concern.