Apple vs. Android: Smashing the Security Misconceptions

For many years now, iOS has enjoyed the reputation of being a secure platform that people should opt for if they’re looking for a threat-free mobile experience. Android, on the other hand, has remained at the receiving end of criticism due to its perceived vulnerability to malware and other threats. Despite Google’s claims that the threats are exaggerated, the general perception hasn’t changed much. However, it’s about time the question is asked if iOS-powered devices like iPhone are really as secure as they are made out to be, and if Android truly is a sitting duck as it is circled by myriad threats.

The Illusion of Immaculate Security is Fading

One of the biggest points that has worked in Apple’s favor all these years is iOS’s repute of being a walled garden, secure in all aspects. There is no denying the fact that the digital barriers put in place have played a vital role in ensuring the operating software’s safety and integrity, but things have changed now. There is no longer any surety of protection, and Apple has no one but itself to blame for this. The tech giant has been landing itself in pretty embarrassing situations since the past year or two due to the consistency with which it is failing to release a bug-free version of its mobile firmware. Every new update that arrives brings along a handful of glitches, exposing iPhone users to all sorts of security vulnerabilities. And the worst part is that it normally takes a series of updates to finally squash the bug, or bugs. If anyone is still under the impression that investing in an Apple product guarantees security, then they sure are in for an unpleasant surprise.

Android Malware Threat Blown Out of Proportion

Yes, Android is right at the top on hackers’ hit-list, and therefore new and scary malware are constantly being released into digital space in large numbers. But one thing that is often overlooked is the fact that Android has some pretty strong security protocols in place that offer it adequate protection against the relentless threats that keeps circling it. Google has rightly stated that its operating software is not as vulnerable as it is believed to be, and that the malware threat is blown out of proportion. In almost all cases, an Android device is compromised only because a user failed to exercise due caution, like confirming an app’s authenticity and safety before downloading it, or avoiding unknown links instead of impulsively tapping them. There are almost seven layers of protection in place in Android to keep malware at bay. What more can Google do? Make its operating software unpopular so that it receives less attention and hence becomes a less attractive target?

Plenty of Room for Improvement

It would be fallacious to assume that both platforms are completely vulnerable or invulnerable. However, the important thing is that Apple needs to understand that it’s no longer the market leader in terms of security, whereas Google needs to stop apologizing for the malware threat and keep focusing on reinforcing the defense system in Android to provide it an even better chance of fending off existing and future threats. Both the platforms are very similar as far as their vulnerabilities go, and thus it’s important to let go of the traditional impressions and replace them with new impressions based purely on merit.