Android is a more secure mobile platform than Apple’s iOS according to Ciaran Bradley, vice president of Handset Security, Adaptive Mobile.
Traditionally Android’s open source model and numerous third party app stores have been seen as a source of weakness for the smartphone OS but Bradley believes that Google’s app download permissions ensure user safety.
“When you install an Android application the permissions that will be used by that application are displayed to you, such as, it may use location it may use the internet or it may access your phonebook so people should look at those permissions and ask themselves why would a flashlight application for example need to contact the internet,” explained the security expert to T3.
“When it comes to Apple, [choosing permissions] is taken out of your hands. You’re just assuming that Apple have got your best interests at heart and that they’re going to do their best to protect your privacy but, Apple don’t tell you what the standards are that they use, so you’re very much at the mercy of them.”
While it’s a relatively novel approach to criticise Apple for their centralised app distribution model, we do agree with Bradley in stating Android’s app permissions form a vital defence against a hackers. For more tips on how to protect your smartphone from a malware attack, read Life Of Android’s guide to smartphone security here.