By: Hassaan Javaid
Back in 2016, the Finis giant Nokia issued a report which concluded that malware activities were far greater on smartphones than laptops and desktop computers. Infections plagued both Android and iOS operating systems alike however, Android remains the top target of active cyber criminals. So, which platform can we rely on that truly has the edge when enterprise or personal security is concerned? Let’s have a closer look!
Android (Open Source) vs. iOS (Propriety Development)
iOS app development model is a proprietary or ‘closed shop’ where the parent company, none other than Apple retains exclusive rights to govern the entire process. With this, only those models that have been approved by Apple are further processed which makes iOS most secure so far. Android by Google takes on the ‘open source’ model which means the source code is available for modification by the third parties which results in quick and significant improvements.
The open nature of the platform however leaves the OS vulnerable to many different problems of fragmentation putting many versions of Android at risk across the globe. The versions range between the older releases and the new ones as well for which you must’ve paid heavily. Keeping the check on security patches, updates and vulnerabilities for all these versions across the world is ominous thus leaving the many systems unprotected and susceptible to the latest and older threats.
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Taint and faulty mobile apps open new ways for malicious software which renders the devices useless or worse, let hackers tap your personal data. Filtering of all such applications and software before they’re approved to their dedicated app store is known as application vetting which is comprehensive and dictated by unique development models of both iOS and Android platform.
Apple exercises strict regulations on almost everything be it firmware, hardware and OS all the way to testing of all accessories and applications. Since its one company owning and governing entire ecosystem, chances are greater for its dedicated app store products to be far safer. On the contrary, the Android approach makes vetting of the apps far more difficult whereas the massive user-base makes it a more frontal target
Securing the corporate apps
When enterprise data security is concerned, both Android and iOS are pretty much equal. Both the OS allow users in creating secured containers within the device’s storage for corporate information and software application. VPNs and data encryption may be applied on both systems for securing data communication over wireless networks.
With Play Store by Google frequently appearing on the headlines for malicious codes and applications from developers on its ‘open door’ policy, malware vulnerabilities are far greater. iOS gains in popularity throughout the enterprise sector and achieve wider distribution among mobile device owners.
Conclusion – iOS or Android
Considering security protocols, privacy and policy of containment, iOS operating system is preferred choice for all those who dig extreme security. That being said, Android has a much wider market despite all the risks associated with it. In the end, all that matters is user preference!