5 Reasons why iPhone is Safer than Android mobile phones
Safety is not the first thing most people think of when they start smartphone shopping. We care about features, user-friendliness, size, style and that used to be right.
But now that most people have huge amounts of personal data on their phones, more important than ever is safety.
As for your smartphone's stability, every operating system you choose makes a big difference.
The way you build and manage operating systems goes a long way towards deciding how stable your phone will be,
and the protection provided by the leading mobile choices is very different.
If you care about having a secure phone and holding personal data, there is only one option for your smartphone: the iPhone.
Market Share: A Big Target
Market share can be a major determinant of the stability of an operating system. That's because virus authors,
hackers and cyber criminals want to have the greatest impact they can and the best way to do that is to target a site that's commonly used.
That's why Windows is the most heavily targeted desktop operating system.
Android has the world's largest market share on smartphones; about 85 percent compared to 15 percent of iOS.
Android is the # 1 mobile target of hackers and criminals because of that.
Even if Android had the best security in the world (which it doesn't), it would be virtually impossible for Google and its hardware partners to close every security hole,
battle every virus and avoid every digital scam while still delivering a useful product to consumers. That is just the essence of having a huge forum that is commonly used.
So, it's nice to have market share, except in defense. In that case it is easier to be a smaller target, and thus a smaller one.
Viruses and Malware: Android and Not Much Else
Because Android is the biggest target for hackers, it should come as no surprise it has the most viruses, hacks, and malware that attack it. What might come as a surprise is how much more it has than other sites.
According to one report, Android targets 97 per cent of all malware that threatens smartphones.
According to this report 0 percent of the malware they found to be targeting the iPhone (which is probably due to rounding. Some malware targets the iPhone, but it is probably less than 1 percent).
The last 3 per cent targeted at the outdated, but still used, Symbian platform from Nokia. Of course, that's just one analysis, but the basic trend is that Android is by far the most targeted by virus authors.
Sandboxing: Not Just for Playtime
This can be a complicated one if you're not a programmer but it's very important. The manner in which Apple and Google built their operating systems and the way in which they allow apps to run is very different, leading to very different safety situations.
If you choose between an iPhone or Android, those conditions should definitely be considered.
Note:Phones have wider ways of communicating with each other starting with iOS 8, but sandboxing is still implemented.
Google, on the other hand, built Android to give maximum accessibility and versatility. This offers users and developers a lot of benefits, but it also ensures that the platform is more vulnerable to attacks.
Even the Android team head of Google has admitted Android is less secure, saying:
"We can't guarantee that Android is built to be secure, the interface was designed to give more flexibility ... If I had a malware business, I'd have to fix my attacks on Android as well."
App Review: Sneak Attacks
Another area that comes into play with protection is the app stores on both platforms. Generally speaking, your phone will stay safe if you avoid getting a virus or hacked,
but what if an intruder hides in an app that claims to be something else altogether? In that scenario, you activated your phone's security threat, without even realizing it.
While that might happen on either device, it's far less likely to happen on iPhone. That's because Apple tests all applications submitted before they are released to the App Store.
While this analysis is not carried out by computer experts and does not require a comprehensive review of the code of an app,
it offers some protection and very few malicious applications have ever made it into the App Store (and some were from security researchers testing the system).
Google's app publishing process involves much less scrutiny.
Foolproof Facial Recognition
There are similar security features available on both platforms, but Android developers prefer to want a feature first, while Apple typically wants to be the best.
Both Apple and Samsung offer facial recognition features embedded in their phones which make your face the password used to unlock your phone or authorize payments using Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.
Implementation of this feature by Apple, called the Face ID, and available on the iPhone X, XS, and XR, is safer.
Security researchers have shown that you can trick Samsung's device with just a picture of a person, rather than the real thing. Samsung also went so far as to give the app a disclaimer, warning users it is not as safe as fingerprint scanning.
On the other side, Apple has created a system that can't be fooled by videos, can identify your face even if you grow a beard or wear glasses, and is the first protection line on the iPhone X, XS and XR.
A Final Note on Jailbreaking
One aspect that can dramatically reduce protection for iPhones is whether the handset is jailbroken. Jailbreaking is the process of removing many of Apple's limitations on iPhones to allow the user to install essentially any apps they want.
It offers the consumers of their phones a huge amount of flexibility but it also opens them up to a lot of trouble.
There have been very, very few hacks and viruses in the iPhone's history, but only those which have occurred almost all hit jailbroken phones. So, if you're considering jailbreaking your phone, note that it will make your system much less stable.
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