SHORT TUTORIAL/FAQ - Which is More Secure - Android or iOS?
Question: I'm in the market for a new smartphone. I know people are
pretty attached to their operating system, whether it's Android or iOS.
But I'm more concerned with safety. Which one is actually more secure?
Apple's iOS mobile operating system (OS) is generally considered
to be more secure because Apple doesn't release its source code to app
developers, and owners of devices running iOS can't tinker with the code.
However, that doesn't mean iOS is completely invulnerable. There have
been instances of viruses on iOS devices. Additionally, there are other
ways criminals can attack you through your device -- no matter what OS
it's running. Here are a few ways to protect yourself on both platforms:
~ Don't download apps from third-party sources. Android users should only
download from Google Play, and iOS users should only download from the
Apple App Store.
~ Social engineering. Never give information about any online accounts
unless you're sure the person you're talking to is who they say they are
and truly needs that information.
~ OS updates. Be sure to always say "yes" when your OS wants to update.
Better yet, adjust your settings to update automatically.
~ Manufacturers. For Android, some manufacturers are safer than others.
Do your research before you buy.
~ Jailbreaking. For iOS, if you jailbreak your device to make it more
customizable, it becomes more susceptible to attacks.
So, while iOS may be more secure in one way, it's also subject to many of
the same risks as Android. Your best bet in choosing your new smartphone
is to pick the OS that you feel most comfortable with and is most
compatible with your other devices. Then, use the suggestions listed
above to boost your security level.
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