Mobile Security: Apple vs. Android

Apple vs Android Graphic copyAs your smartphone becomes more and more ubiquitous with every part of your life -- from holding your banking information to pictures of your kids -- the need for mobile security is increasingly important. So far, there have been very few effective mobile viruses, especially when compared to the amount we see on a personal computer level. But as more people ditch their desktop and even laptops in favor of tablets and smartphones, so, too, will the attention of those wishing to hack your device.

So who wins in the battle of mobile security? Quite simply, Apple beats Android.

Let’s take a look at why, though.

It all comes down to control. Apple regulates what apps make it to the App Store, which means that all apps are screened for security, both by making sure there isn’t malicious code lurking in the app itself and that the security features of otherwise trusted apps protect your information.

Android, on the other hand, has an unregulated application marketplace, which means more malware will be available for you to unknowingly download. In fact, 75 percent of all malware for smartphones targets Android-based devices.

As this great infographic found on Mashable (from Ladbrokes Games) points out, no malware has ever infected an iPhone and in the history of the App Store. Only one spam app made it through Apple’s screening, and it was quickly removed.

Another reason for the iPhone’s better security is simple logistics. The Android platform is offered on a variety of different phones, while the iPhone is Apple’s only smartphone in the market. That means their attention is laser focused on keeping one device secure and not at protecting a collection of different phones.

Additionally, Apple now offers a remote wipe with the Find My iPhone app. That means that if your phone is lost or stolen, you can track its location and even wipe it clean from another computer.

So if security is what you are looking for in a mobile device, we at The MacExperience stand by Apple.