Chairman of antivirus company claims iOS more secure than Android

Chairman of antivirus company claims iOS more secure than Android
Steve Chang, the chairman of Trend Micro, which is the biggest antivirus company for corporate servers, says iOS is intrinsically more secure than Android due to its closed nature. In his own words:

"Android is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code. We have to give credit to Apple, because they are very careful about it. It’s impossible for certain types of viruses to operate on the iPhone."

As we all know, it's perceived that one of the reasons Android is so popular is due to its open ecosystem. This is well-illustrated by the fact that Apple has a strict app approval policy, while Google relies on the developers' decency:

"On all computing devices, users necessarily entrust at least some of their information to the developer of the application they’re using. Android has taken steps to inform users of this trust relationship and to limit the amount of trust a user must grant to any given application developer."

This is not always working, though, and we have posted a few examples of developers who have proven that Android has a few nagging security issues. Not that iOS is perfectly secure, but it faces a different threat - the so-called social-engineering attacks, i.e. instances when users personally authorize the installation of malware.

Some people see smartphones and tablets as "the future PCs", and the chairman of Trend Micro is part of this gang:

“Smartphones are the next PC, and once they’re adopted by enterprises, data loss will be a very key problem.”

This is not exactly what we would call a "neutral opinion", however, it's a fact that Google has faced a few security problems lately. This doesn't take much of its popularity, though, and the latest surveys claim it's now the second most popular mobile platform.

source: BusinessWeek

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10 Comments

1. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

"Steve Chang, the chairman of Trend Micro, which is the biggest antivirus company for corporate servers, says iOS is intrinsically more secure than Android due to its closed nature. In his own words: "Android is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code. We have to give credit to Apple, because they are very careful about it. It’s impossible for certain types of viruses to operate on the iPhone." Except when you jailbreak it. And the iPhone is the number one modified device on the market. So this kind of negates the integrity of ios once this practice is performed. John B.

2. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

This is why I like iOS. I had Android but got fed up with errors and virus vulnerability so I now have an iPhone. I'm not a fanboy, I've tried both and iOS is more stable and secure. Why do you think Android devices are pushing faster processors? Its like Windows, you need more power to run virus scan and the OS. Android felt like Windows all over again.

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well according to a phonearena news (too lazy to look for it now) they both have similar issues regarding what kind of info they get from users and what they do to with it, now closed does not mean more secure it just means closed. now problems with apps on the store, it is true that Google sometimes slacks off, but its also true that they check as many apps as possible, and remove bad apps from the market, everyone comes bashing on the fact that android allows you ton install apps from outside the market, but this feature comes deactivated by default and users down their own risk have them installed, same as jailbreak i say, and believe me, everyone i know has his iPhone jailbreaked to install non market apps. now about the antivirus? I've run android and don't use an antivirus. have no need of it, i install things i know are safe, now, apps that can damage your system files and ruin your phone usually need the super user permission... if you install from an not trusted source have your phone rooted and give that app all the system permission it needs how is android to blame? now windows had a different way to work where apps don't needed too much permissions to modify the system itself Honestly, c'mon. Trend Micro advocating security by obscurity?

4. Clive Cardoz unregistered

This artical itself says that IOS can be affected by certain viruses. Since android is the open source it provides better & secure apps as compared to IOS. As said by the above person that when IOS is jailbreaked, it is the most vulnerable phone to be easily hacked. And this is cent percent true. 95% of the IOS users tend to jailibreak their device and risk their personal Data. This is why All the IOS users are jumping to Android.

5. Bob unregistered

The same argument has been used about Windows vs Linux for years. How's that worked out?

6. Amin unregistered

I am in the process of designing a web browser that stores clear text passwords in a universally readable file named "nopswdshereLOL.txt". It will be closed-source, so no virus maker will be able to see the implementation. My competitors use 128+bit encryption and one-way hashes; methods they make blatantly obvious to hackers through the release of code or other irresponsible methods and which said hackers are actively trying to break. Feel free to store your bank account credentials and email passwords in the paradise of security I'll soon release!

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I have an ANDROID phone - my info is safe and it is virus free...boo hoooooooo.... AMIN, maybe no one can access the info but you, huh??

8. Amin unregistered

Oh, I was just making a plug for my new browser, that is all. I do not care for Android, but since you brought it up I must say I disagree with you: Android's open-source nature makes it inherently more insecure than the closed-source alternatives. It's not it's own fault, really, it was inherited from the Linux kernel and the use of the apache license (should have gone with IIS, lol). Regarding the question about my browser, I'm sure we'll develop a healthy relationship of mutual trust (skip through the EULA).

9. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

@Clive cardoz where the hell do you get your numbers? 10% of iPhone users jailbreak. Not 95. The majority of iPhone users aren't tech heads and have no idea what jailbreaking even means. 95% of the people you know might do it but you're a tech guy. Just like me and the rest of us wasting out time posting here. So your friends are probably tech guys too. And if not they probably heard from others about jailbreaking and did it without complete understanding. Point is, try again.

10. maccmill

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 29, 2010

its more secure, there are always going to be downsides to allowing anyone and everyone access to your source code

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