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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