Android is now claimed more secure than iOS
Mobile platforms must also have multi-layered security and detailed management capabilities to meet modern business needs. According to the IDC, “Security incidents are less frequent in Android-majority enterprises compared to iOS-majority deployments.” It’s not surprising that companies want complex security; however, it is a little surprising that Android performs better than iOS in this category.
Desktop, Laptop, and mobile devices have different types of security platforms. For a long time, it used to be that Apple’s iPhones offered considerably better security than their Android counterparts, with Apple flaunting how uncrackable its phones were, as well as refusing to offer backdoor access into iPhones. Though, things may have changed.
Android is the most secure mobile platform
A report from Vice has revealed that several companies offer tools for breaking Apple’s encryption. One of them is Cellebrite, an Israeli cybersecurity outfit, with its Universal Forensic Extraction Device being favored by the FBI. Going by the report, Cellebrite’s tool is powerful enough to break into iPhone models up to—and including—the iPhone X. The tool allows app data, call logs, GPS records, messages, and contacts to be extracted.
On the contrary, obtaining information from Android smartphones is becoming more difficult now. In the same report, authorities cited that a year ago, they couldn’t get into iPhones but opened an Android easily. But now, things have changed and that getting into a lot of Androids is becoming harder.
Android takes its security service to another level. During March 2019, According to Android Security Bulletin, A security patch is being pushed to all supported Google devices, including 2019-03-01 and 2019-03-05 security levels, for Android frameworks, libraries, and systems, and the kernel, Nvidia and the Qualcomm component. The total has fixed 45 security vulnerabilities. This gives more points on android.
During statistical research, IDC research includes why Android is growing so successful in the enterprise. For starters, 74% of United States IT decision-makers believe that Android Enterprise Recommended smartphones are more secure and can meet enterprise needs better than iOS devices. It is reported that 77% of U.S. multinational firms choose to use Android devices over iOS.
It was also found that Android-majority enterprises are the victim of 8% fewer mobile phishing incidents and 5% fewer problems with integrating mobile devices and back end systems.
Because of these findings, enterprises that use Android have a higher satisfaction rate over mixed and iOS-only companies.
Android Multi layers of Defense
The threat of malware, and the fear and anxiety caused by it, has been a real issue even before smartphones became in vogue. And Android, being popular and, for the most part, open, has become a large target not only of such malicious actions but also of media focus. Now Google is breaking its silence and is claiming, at least based on data it has collected, that the media hype about Android malware may be a bit unwarranted.
Speaking at the Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin, Google Android Security chief Adrian Ludwig revealed some figures that may make some raise their eyebrows and others calm down. According to Ludwig the amount of malware that actively attempts to evade runtime security checks to harm users is just 0.001% of installed apps. And these are just apps that even try. The number of apps that can cause harm is even smaller.
At the heart of this layered defenses is the slightly recent Verify Apps feature, which compares a downloaded app against a malware database curated by Google. And again, every step of the way, users are warned of the danger but are still given the option to take an informed risk.
Security is important to more than just enterprises. Users of all categories take privacy and security seriously and expect smartphones to hold a high standard regarding it.
Android is continuing to grow in many ways, and in the Enterprise is a major one. Companies trust Android to perform at high standards and keep information and data secure. The fact that it bests other mobile platforms in this area is a good thing for the future of Android.
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