“Android OS Is More Secure [I assure you]!”

You’re having a friendly conversation one day, and you usually come across the argument, “Android is better than IOS, look what it can do that Apple can’t!” It’s like the nostalgic days of deciding whose Pokemon card was better, and whose deck was going to be used as lunch money the next day – people felt really protective about something that was made of paper, yet cost so much. Today, we’re more concerned about our overall privacy: our conversations, our data, our money, our property… the list continuously grows.

The following is an infographic from Juniper Networks and shows how the vulnerabilities for Android grew in just two years.

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     Interestingly enough, the article mentions, “77 percent of Android threats could be eliminated if users had downloaded the latest version of Google’s operating system”, (CNET, 2013). Under the same, strict guidelines – some at Google believe that if the IOS is held to the same standards, many Apple supporters could see that that too, has many vulnerabilities.

Source:

Reisinger, D. (2013, October 8). Google’s Schmidt: Android ‘more secure than the iPhone’ | Security & Privacy – CNET News. Technology News – CNET News. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57606481-83/googles-schmidt-android-more-secure-than-the-iphone/

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5 thoughts on ““Android OS Is More Secure [I assure you]!”

  1. I don’t know, for me these numbers seems to be too high. Look around. Do you know of a single person that has had malware on their phone? Whether it’s iOS, Android or Windows phone? I’ve never seen!

    “77 percent of Android threats could be eliminated if users had downloaded the latest version of Google’s operating system” I believe that this is not always the user’s fault. Some (i believe most of them) companies do not release the latest version of android for every single phone model.

    • “Malware” is a gray term in the mobile OS I’d figure. I (and just about everyone I know) has had an app that did things they didn’t like. One specifically I remember kept pushing ads to my notification bar.

      Worse yet, they are difficult to get rid of since providers often lock out higher level access.

  2. Most of the time, with screenshots and reviews, you can see whether or not the app is sketchy or doing something that people don’t like. Unless you somehow get the malware from the browser, which i have seen, they are pretty easy to spot.

    • I would like to agree with you, but sometimes people don’t care to do a little homework. Sometimes, the application may get good ratings but still strips the user of privacy more or less in some way. Our phones already gather information from us without notice.

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