The CEO of Kaspersky, Eugene Kaspersky, said during a conference held in Australia that Windows Phone is a safer platform than iOS and Android. While he says that the most dangerous scenario is with the iPhone, it also is less probable because of the closed nature of iOS. "Criminals are obsessed with iOS and there are many, many vulnerabilities
," noted the security expert. He notes that if the worst-case scenario happens and millions of iPhones are infected, there will be no third party antivirus fix available because such developers don't have the rights to create one.
Kaspersky says that while Android is as dangerous as iOS with "millions of brutal attacks
," he says that Windows Phone is "so far very clean
." He also explained that with 97% of mobile users doing some activity that revealed a password, like mobile banking, the sector has become the place for criminals to scour for vulnerabilities.
"The most dangerous scenario is with iPhones. It is less probable because it is very difficult to develop malware for iPhones, because the operating system is closed to outside programmers. But every system has a vulnerability. If it happens—in the worst-case scenario, if millions of the devices are infected—there is no antivirus, because antivirus companies do not have any rights to develop true end-point security for Apple."-Eugene Kaspersky
According to Kaspersky, there is an easy way to remove your mobile device as a target, regardless of the platform you use. "You know how to protect your computers and devices – disconnect them from the internet!"
Interestingly, the security expert does not own a smartphone. Instead, he uses an old Sony Ericsson feature phone for mobile communications.