iPhone users and Instagram accounts are the favorite targets for hackers

iPhone users and Instagram accounts are the favorite targets for hackers
It's very hard to determine which phone or mobile app is safer and which has big security holes. But that's not because each uses different security software to protect itself, but mostly due to the different attention they receive from hackers.

If more hackers are targeting a specific smartphone, there is a bigger chance that they will succeed, whereas those that aren't deemed “worthy” by hackers might go as much safer in the eyes of the general public. That's why Case24 sought to investigate which apps and smartphone brands are more prone to be hacked, not necessarily which ones are safer.

Their study shows interesting results that aren't really surprising, at least when it comes to which are the favorite targets for hackers. Before we give you the numbers, it's worth noting that the study has taken into consideration consumers in the US and UK, but we're only going to report on those in the United States.

The study has found that iPhone users are 192 times more at risk of being targeted by hackers than a Huawei phone. Also, nearly 50k Americans are searching for information on how to hack an iPhone each month.

Surprisingly, the study claims Sony, Nokia, LG or Huawei smartphones are by far the safest phones to own. Samsung phones aren't as prone to be targeted by hackers as the iPhone, but they're still ranked second when it comes to that.

Most hacked phone brands (US)

  • iPhone – 48,010
  • Samsung – 3,100
  • LG – 670
  • Sony – 320
  • Nokia – 260
  • Huawei – 250

Since Apple and Samsung are the most popular brands in the United States, the numbers above come as little to no surprise at all. What's really interesting is that the iPhone is so much ahead compared to Samsung, although not in a good way.

LG, Sony, Nokia and Huawei phones aren't popular among Americans, which is why fewer are looking for ways to hack them. Yes, they can be considered safer because they're less targeted by hackers, but not because they feature better security software.



As far as the apps go, Instagram accounts are 24 times more at risk of being hacked than Netflix, which is the least prone to be targeted by hackers. You can find below all the relevant apps how likely they are to be hacked:

Most hacked apps (US)

  • Instagram – 66,960
  • Snapchat – 57,740
  • WhatsApp – 36,980
  • YouTube – 13,710
  • Twitter – 13,350
  • Messenger – 10,350
  • Gmail – 7,080
  • Facebook – 5,980
  • Amazon – 3,460
  • Netflix – 2,790

The numbers above prove that more than 60k Americans are looking for ways to hack an Instagram account each month, which is quite shocking. The same goes for WhatsApp and Snapchat accounts, which seem to be just as popular among hackers, rookies or veterans. Netflix is the least likely to be hacked probably because the movie streaming service allows subscribers to share their accounts within some limits.



In case you're wondering how the study came up with these numbers, we can only quote from the source, so here is their methodology:


Judging by these numbers, it's quite dangerous to own a “mainstream” device like the iPhone in the United States. But these numbers are a direct consequence of the popularity these brands achieved, so it's not surprising that Apple and Samsung are at the top of hackers' preferences. Thankfully, both brands are taking good care of their phones, so that people can't hack them using the information found on the internet.

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11 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3176; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Is it just about preference or actual hack?

5. tbreezy

Posts: 246; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Preference. The clue is here: “ LG, Sony, Nokia and Huawei phones aren't popular among Americans, which is why fewer are looking for ways to hack them. Yes, they can be considered safer because they're less targeted by hackers, but not because they feature better security software.” Consider the fact that high profile multi $Millionaires and $Billionaires like Barack Obama and Jeff Bezos use iPhones, along with A-list celebrities. iPhone will be without a doubt the number 1 target.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Security by obscurity. The same thing that kept Macs safe for years.

3. tbreezy

Posts: 246; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Makes sense, Hackers will always go where the real Money is. Most leaders of industry, CEOs, board directors, company founders, government employees, investment bankers, lawyers, celebrities, the biggest influencers, tech leaders etc... all use iPhones. Heck even some executives of competing smartphone manufacturers use iPhones over the products they sell.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Loved that one. I knew you'd be here, doing Apple damage control. Keep up the good work man.

8. tbreezy

Posts: 246; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Aww thanks. :*

13. wickedwilly

Posts: 776; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Different story to the myth Apples has the most secure phones! What happened to that? I would love to see your justification that most leaders of industry, CEOs, board directors, company founders, government employees, investment bankers, lawyers, celebrities, the biggest influencers, tech leaders etc... all use iPhones......

15. AlienKiss

Posts: 322; Member since: May 21, 2019

Meanwhile, all geeks and hackers are using Android :)) With a rooted android phone you can perform DoS attacks, use it as a wireless monitor and many other scary things.. With the iPhone you just scroll endlessly on Instagram. That's the real difference between them. In the right hands, a high-end rooted Android phone could spread terror.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1883; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don't like these hackers. Use your powers for good!

16. AlienKiss

Posts: 322; Member since: May 21, 2019

There are 3 main types of hackers out there: -BLACK HAT hackers (bad guys set to get your money and info) - WHITE HAT hackers (good guys trying to find and protect vulnerable spots) - GRAY HAT hackers (they are sometimes good and sometimes bad - depending on what they want to do) Don't hate hackers. Embrace them! They're the reason we have so many levels of protection and possibly many innovative solutions. Also, even though black hat hackers are bad, sometimes they turn into whistle-blowers which we all love :) I respect every category because they are actually using their brains!

11. inFla

Posts: 220; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Occasionally use the Gmail and Messenger app don't touch the others.

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