iOS is more vulnerable than Android but hackers try attacking Google’s platform more

iOS is more vulnerable than Android but hackers try attacking Google’s platform more
You’ve seen the malware reports and you’ve heard about it - Android is the most attacked platform by crackers. Should this worry you? Not necessarily, most of those reports come from mobile security companies and that’s what they are directly interested in, but most importantly - Android is a secure platform with very little vulnerabilities discovered.

And this latest study by Symantec (a mobile security company, of course) shows that Android is the preferred platform for ill-intended programmers, but also confirms that this is despite facts like iOS being way more vulnerable than Android.



Paradoxically, a more secure platform is attacked more by malware. We’d also mention that Google is also the more popular platform, and scale could be a consideration for crackers. Symantec also reports that while Google is quick to fix issues with updates, those updates often take a long while to arrive.

One common misconception about malware is that it is on the App Store or Google Play store. While there are isolated instances, the reality of the situation is that official app stores are mostly clean. Android being open also allows for third-party app store installation, and that’s a land where Google has no oversight, and of course a place where malware flourishes. But avoiding those unchecked sources is a simple common sense advice, after all, right?

source: Tech Crunch

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24 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

"iOS is more vulnerable than Android" - WRONG I still love Android and Google and I love that Android cute little fella! :) I love Apple too, especially the Japanese Fuji Apple, sweet and juicy! :)

5. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

i like fuji apples also. sometime attacked by worms. :)

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sometime attacked by worms? Never mind, we still have Granny Smith! :)

17. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

grow up

6. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

You have any particular reason to believe that?????? They have must conducted some research and on the basis of that they come to this conclusion.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Actually, iOS and Android is vulnerable, if we need to answer that, we can say that both of them are the same! So, one more time, "iOS is more vulnerable than Android". - WRONG Hackers have hacked before iOS too! So, in my opinion, Android and iOS is the same, they are vulnerable! No more......no less......both are the same!

16. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

grow up

18. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

they are not the same. iOS is more vulnerable, the fact that they can jailbreak iOS before it officially comes out says something. iOS was not built for security but it has not mattered because of how close systemed it is. whereas android is open, thus it needs to be more secure. and it is. EVERY APP RUNNING IS SANDBOXED, apps declare what they are going to do before you let them do it (even malware). full filesystem encryption is possible, all these things must be done because of how open android is. ios has more vulnerabilities, but is less vulnerable.

20. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

WRONG! Do you have any data to support they are "the same"? No two OS's are alike.

21. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Again whom to believe You or Symantec I'll go with Symantec.

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Please read the comment #10, if you don't know what I mean!

15. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

grow up

13. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

grow up

14. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

grow up

19. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

No. iOS has more holes. Android's are probably more likely to be exploited because of how apps are installed. Believe it or not, even though "Macs don't get viruses," Windows 7/8 are more secure than OS X. Microsoft worked really hard to secure the OS, while Apple has largely banked on no one wanting to exploit Mac OS. It's largely the same deal with Android and iOS, as I see it.

23. nanbanda

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

"IOS" by fact know to be closed system, yet its valnerable... well you start to ask the question again, so whats the point of being closed. oh then again oops..., its a redundant system, no bodies bothered to disturb a small time player..

2. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

They can only obtain Facebook and Instagram accounts from iOS users anyway.

3. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no, deal with teh fact iOS is a security disaster: "iPhones most vulnerable among smartphones" "Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android" "40% of iOS apps invade your privacy without permission, reveals app before getting pulled" "How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking" "Apple censoring iCloud emails and attachments" "IPHONE APPS ACCEPTING SELF-SIGNED SSL CERTIFICATES" bit [dot] ly/RYzOPP realy, iConboards are vulnerable even inferior

8. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

You didn't get the joke.

22. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

ok, you've got me....but no wonder I assumed an iToy's fan were st*pid, they are usually very nicely brainwashed :)

4. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

No wonder hackers want to attack more on Android, Android is market leader in smartphone OS. and it is one of disadvantage of being in Top position

9. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

same reason why there are more trojans targeting Windows instead of OSX.

12. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

no one wants to make malwares for iDevices.. malwares might get infected by ios' boring functionality and ui.. duh..

24. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Of course. iOS is boring. People with iphones rarely even do any jailbreaking.

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