Apple’s Phil Schiller trash-talking Android for malware: ‘Be safe out there’

Apple’s Phil Schiller trash-talking Android for malware: ‘Be safe out there’
Scaremongering is security companies’ favorite tactic nowadays as we continue seeing ‘alarming’ reports about Android’s so called security problem. Not surprisingly, those that scream loudest about how insecure Android is, happen to also sell costly anti-malware software.

The latest one comes from F-Secure. Bear in mind that while F-Secure’s report brings some interesting points, it is far from being an independent report that you can fully trust. Claiming that Android is insecure is in the company’s direct favor - it offers a costly $10 anti-malware app on Android.

What’s more surprising, though, is that now Apple joins security companies malware chants as vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, Apple’s second public face after Tim Cook, tweeted ‘Be safe out there’ linking the F-Secure report.

That’s a direct blow to Android and a somewhat new strategy for the otherwise tight-lipped Apple. What’s interesting is that the F-Secure report also mentions that Android is more targetted by crackers because of its booming popularity.

The reality of the situation is that if you stick to Google Play, you’d be safe in most of the cases. And if you run 4.2 Jelly Bean, you’d be protected even against malicious apps in third-party stores.

Still, Google’s anti-malware bouncer platform and constant quick clean-ups of Google Play cannot protect you from yourself. Rogueware and spyware apps do exist on third-party app stores, and earlier Android versions might be vulnerable. But then again, that’s the price you pay for your freedom of choice, something that other platforms cannot boast about.

source: @PSchiller

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49 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

or he could be referring to iPhone's lock screen bypass !

12. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Phil - "Be safe out there" us- "we will" its great to know that someone cares about other people :D

24. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Phil's losing it, iOS is losing it and Apple is losing it! Man there sure are a whole lot of sore losers at Apple :)

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They aren't losing anything.

45. darkdroid

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Brace yourselves The troll is coming ...

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That isn't malware nor is it a legitimate issue.

32. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Dude, look everyone knows (including yourself) that you are Apple's bi(tc)h but lately you can't even defend your beloved brand properly. If you think a 'lock screen' bypass is not a legitimate issue then I will actually give u thumps up for your stupidity !

47. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Allowing someone to bypass the lock screen and gain access to your phone without your permission is indeed a legitimate issue Mxy. What world do you live in where this isn't a legit issue????

39. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

lol this whole apple company executives would be up this dude's ass after the announcement of sammy's 12 Billion$$ on marketing and getting astonishing results for its smartphones!

48. Droiddoes unregistered

I would counter with apple maps. That catastrophe needs the tagline "be safe out there". What an assh*le.

2. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

dear phil ur losing to andriod lol

11. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I hate you Phil!!

38. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Isn't that a bit extreme? Come on.

3. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

All other companies should just gang up and run Apple and Nokia out of the market. They seem to have a terrible superiority complex.

23. No_Nonsense unregistered

Are you somewhat retarded? I'd suggest you to read up on Amicus briefings and what Nokia actually wants before you jump to your blind one sided conclusions.

46. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No, you are just blindly in love with Nokia. I know what an Amicus curae is and yes, I still despise Nokia because of it.

5. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

"Be Safe out there" Don't use Apple map otherwise you will make yourself killed. Phil forget to tell this so, I mention it

34. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

yeah man, a mapping application can kill you...Lol thanks for the info bro!

6. Droid773

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Rotten Apple. Just choose whatever you like and makes you happy.

7. MartianMe unregistered

No need to gang up on this two,,they are shooting them selves on the foot when they trash other companies cuz it shows envy, fear and desperation.they both are feeling the heat from samsung.

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Hey! Thats space ghost! Been so many years since i saw that cartoon.

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Microsoft, Nokia and Apple are trying to defeat Android by bashing it because they cannot implement anything innovative. The only thing they can do is to spread FUD on Android and Google... one day Microsoft says that Google violates your privacy, the day after Apple says that there's more malware on Andrioid and so on... since they can't make products that people are willing to buy they try to convince people not to buy Android. But please note that Google has a different attitude... they're just working, heads down.

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

He is just trying to hold his flock together by scaremongering .... frustrated by failure of stocks really :)

18. SEULATER

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

he's turning himself like that Fat ballmar. Who and why would hackers attack caged ios? Surely hackers love Linux users

22. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

We know what it means ... Apple (and M$ /MicroKia) can keep doing "Head Up @rse" tricks in trying to impress their own flock ... doesn't cause a stir in other camp as everyone feels that this is being done out of jealousy ... :)

26. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Lol...even their fans are jealous... I dunno when this crap heads will stop biting others b***

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If phil shaved his head they actually look like twins

14. nikenturd unregistered

Stooping that low huh?

15. ilia1986 unregistered

If you are an apple user, nothing can protect you from yourself.

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