Android or iOS - Which One Scores High On The Scale Of Security


       Security is one of the major concerns of mobile app developers. Irrespective of whether you want to create a plain app or one that's loaded with complex functionality, being well aware about the major security breaches is something that will help you to the fullest.
With iOS and Android being considered as two of the brilliant mobile operating systems, there are chances to get confused about the one that can be utilized for developing 100% secure mobile applications. In this blog, I'll be discussing whether iOS or Android is better when it comes to creating apps that are fully secure and free from the attack of hackers and malware.

Android is more prone to attacks as compared to iOS
       Although it's not a straightforward task to compare the security of Google's Android and Apple's iOS, yet there are discussions which indicate that Android is better than iOS when it comes to building hacker-free mobile applications. If you've ever chosen iPhone app developers for hire, you'd be well familiar with the number of security measures that need to be followed for building fully-secure iOS apps. It is the open source nature of Android operating system that tends to attract hackers from different parts of the world. The free-to-download status of Android software package makes it convenient for the attackers to develop malicious programs that can run on the Android operating system. 
      Unlike the Apple Store, Google is doing a great job when it comes to preventing attacks by hackers. This is supported by the fact that Google quickly updates its Android core operating system as well as its Play Store for stopping any attacks  by spammers.

Regular software updates make room for a secure environment for casual app users
        There's no denying of the fact that multiple threats to a particular mobile operating system can be effectively eliminated if the consumers choose to upgrade their mobile device with the latest version of the respective operating system. For example, the inconsistency of Android smartphones opens doors for malware creators. Hence, it's crucial for the users to keep their device updated with the latest version of the operating system. Quite different from Google's Android, Apple's iOS doesn't have any such problem because each new release of the iOS reaches the consumers at a rapid pace. That means, the security scares associated with iOS don't actually tend to become a big news. 

Fake ID vulnerability by Bluebox- A brand new security flaw in Android
       The Fake ID vulnerability by Bluebox has actually hampered the security of Android operating system. This flaw allows the developers to build Android applications that appear to have come from a trusted app programmer. Since a majority of programs running on Android devices come with hard-coded access to the system, showcasing applications as coming from the same developer can pave the route for attackers who can then gain complete access to the Android device under focus. 

Hardware integration matters a lot when it comes to security of Android mobile operating system
         Unlike the case of Apple's iOS, the security of Google's Android primarily depends on the type of hardware that it's running on. There are Android device manufacturers who're quite better in making sure that Android's built-in security features have been well incorporated into the device and are functioning properly. For example, the latest Samsung KNOX 2.0 platform offers a secure booting process which works well for ensuring that any unauthorized software is not being loaded while the smartphone is being switched on. 

Apple's tight control over app distribution keeps it free from malware
       As compared to Google's Android, Apple's iOS has a tight control over its app distribution process. This keeps the mobile operating system safe from the attack of hackers, malware and trojans. Google Play doesn't follow any stringent rule for the publishing of Android apps and with apps being fetched from the third-party app stores, the very popular Android application hub gets vulnerable to attacks by scammers and unauthorized users. 

Wrapping Up
        Despite the differences between iOS and Android in terms of app security, it is interesting to note that both the mobile operating systems can be easily protected from attackers by 
following a simple security measure. With phishing attacks being common to both these platform, it would be beneficial for developers to gain access to tools and techniques that can enable them in building apps that are safeguarded against minor and major security threats. 

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Lucie Kruger is an application developer working with Mobiers Ltd, the leading mobile application development services provider. She provides concrete information on latest technologies like iOS, Android mobile apps development.

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