Android vs. iOS 2019

You’re probably using Andoid and iOS smartphones which are taking over the World, but you have cybercriminals on your phone. Therefore, I am sure you’re wondering the main difference between Android and iOS. Here’s how they measure up across a range of different features:

Security of App Store

Popularity

Manufacturers

Updates

OS Source Code Security

Common Security Feature for iOS and Android

Which is better?

Security of App Store

Android’s open Play Store marketplace is its incredible features and its darkest curse. Customers can get more Apps from than on iOS’ App Store, but there’s also much more chance that hackers are able to make it onto the platform to distribute malware Apps.

Android is having some troubles about these kinds of Apps which have malware inside. It was reported that highly ranked Apps with hundreds of thousands of downloads from the Android App Store have been discovered to contain malware.

Besides, Android users can also change their settings to allow Apps from outside of the Android App Store. This provides an even greater selection of Apps but opens users to an even greater risk of malware.

On the other hand, Apple keeps a great focus on its App Store. Each App is closely inspected and reducing the chance of getting malware which means reducing the number of Apps available. Some users think that iOS’ App Store is too restricting, and it still isn’t completely impervious to malware, but it is a much safer place.

Popularity

Android has the lion’s share of the market when it comes to mobile devices. Android phones are usually cheaper than iOS phones which makes the phone companies focus on Android because of the cost. Therefore, there is a silver lining for Android users. Android’s popularity and open marketplace mean that there’s a far wider range of security apps available. The security of your Android OS and device out of the box may vary, but with the right Apps, you can take it to the same level of security as iOS or even further.

Manufacturers

Apple has a famous (even copied frequently) design of its proprietary devices. Their OS and their devices are inseparable which lead Apple to have far more control over how they work together. Because of this reason, iOS users have fewer choices when they want to fully use device features. However, this integrated design makes iOS much more safe and secure.

Android’s open source allows many manufacturers to use it in their models. This actually can be a good thing or a bad thing. Depending on the manufacturer and the model, integration of Android is perfect while others leave significant security vulnerabilities. Device-based security across Android devices also varies. Some models offer retinal and fingerprint scanners while others are limited to passwords and patterns.

Updates

OS updates are one of the main features to keep iOS and Android secure. If there is a security vulnerability, users can report them to Apple or Google. They take these reports into consideration before they announce a new update. However, updates are easier to create and distribute for Apple because it controls the devices in its ecosystem. This means that Apple can keep iOS devices updated for longer and generally withdrawing official support after 5 years.

When it comes to Android devices, Google makes it virtually impossible to keep all of them updated to the same level of security and for the same amount of time and frequency. It also has some difficulties to roll those updates out, as they have to be distributed across manufacturers and its devices. Updates for devices release less frequently and devices suffer the pain of supports.

The last comparison they face is downloading the updates. Users can reject having the update in their devices however iOS makes users to get updated as they control their system.

OS Source Code Security

Both operating systems use a number of similar security features to keep users safe, but Apple closely guards their source code, while Android has made most of their OS open-source.

Android’s open-source nature makes it more easily accessible to a wide variety of developers, but it also makes it easier for hackers to search the source code for vulnerabilities. However, Google is slowly beginning to use this feature to their advantage.

In addition to its own security research, Google has increased the bounties it’s willing to pay to independent security researchers for reporting new vulnerabilities. At a major annual mobile security event in 2017, mobile security researchers failed to collect a single bounty for finding Android hacks.

Common Security Feature for iOS and Android

Both iOS and Android have similar built-in security features, including virtual sandboxes that limit the damage that malware apps can do. iOS drive encryption comes standard while Android users must enable this feature. Both OS fully supports VPN encryption, which is especially important for mobile devices.

iOS and Android have similarity in terms of security features like virtual sandboxes that limit the damage from malware apps however iOS drive encryption is a must while Android users need to enable this feature. Both OS support VPN encryption, which is especially important for your device.

Which is better?

As we discussed that Android is facing some main security issues, they have been working on it to clear up. David Kleidermacher, the head of security for Android at Google, has even said that Android’s security now equals that of its rival, iOS.

We may need some time for Android to develop their security and we’ll be waiting for their new features. Until this, I want to go with iOS that is the best OS in terms of smartphone security. iOS is still the best to protect your phone.

With Google hot on its heels, Apple hasn’t been sleeping at the wheel. Apple’s iPhone X features a facial scanner to make sure only you can open your phone. There are serious questions about privacy that still need to be answered, but purely from a security standpoint, this is a powerful new feature.

While Google is progressing new feature, Apple is also awake for their new feature. Apple’s iPhone XS joined to the market as a newest and coolest. Privacy is the big issues for these two companies but iPhone XS has a powerful new feature from a security standpoint.