When it comes to smartphones and their operating system, two communities are always ready to go head to head with each other. These two communities are none other than the Apple community and the Android community.
Any android vs iOS security debate gets heated pretty soon, while both sides give valid points. But when it comes to the user interface, both these smartphones are unique in their own way, but when it comes to security, which phone is easier to hack?
It is said that every 17 seconds an android malware is developed by cybercriminals. With other security flaws, android is more vulnerable to hackers, whereas, on the other hand, experts claim that Apple smartphones work on the very secure and isolated iOS when it comes to data protection. With Apple’s “Erase Data” feature, it really stands out with respect to its competitors when it comes to security, but is the iPhone more secure than android?
Apple was also ordered by the federal court to create a software of sorts that would disable their “Erase Data” feature. This feature is one of Apple’s last lines of security for when someone tries to enter more than 10 wrong passcodes while unlocking an Apple device the Erase data feature wipes out all the data clean without the third person getting any data out of it. To check on accused convicts on the run and criminals that have been prosecuted, the federal court insisted on creating a “back door.”
The back door will allow the federal government to enter as many passcodes as someone wants, hence letting the feds use “brute force” to crack the passcode. On the other hand, when we talk about the fight between iOS vs android security, it is actually easier to install such a back door device on android smartphones, says Filip Chytry Director of Threat Intelligence of Avast.
Though it is easier for android devices to get a back door, it is rather difficult to design such a software for system admins, this complicates things a bit for hackers and governments, but nonetheless, it is still quite straightforward and less aggressive when someone would try to bypass the admin in these devices as compared to Apple devices.
But with regard to security and privacy, is iOS more secure than android? Let us take a deeper dive into the privacy and security measures of these two powerhouses in the software business.
There is a fine difference between “security” and “privacy”. Privacy is how data is stored and handled on the basis of user interaction with the smartphone on a network. When it comes to privacy, android and iOS both have their fair share of problems.
Android users are always quick to point out the iCloud leak of Apple in 2014, where a lot of private and intimate pictures of celebrities were hacked and shared online. This affected the company severely, but ever since then, Apple has taken excruciating measures to make sure this doesn’t happen again.