What most people don’t know about the internet would scare, shock, and amaze, but not stop anyone from using Facebook. Every device connected to the public internet– cellphone, home Wi-Fi network, public Wi-Fi, or office network– is under attack. No, some guy named Boris is not sitting at a computer terminal outside Moscow trying to hack into your iPhone. But it’s likely Boris and his cronies monitor the results of automated attacks to every IP address known to humankind. It does not matter the device. Mac or Windows PC. Android smartphone or iPhone. Or, any device connected to the public internet or private networks, they are all under attack.
The single most used connected computer in 2017 is the smartphone. Google claims more than 2-billion Android OS users while Apple claims more than 1-billion iOS customers. Which of the two major devices is the most secure?
Since Nokia was demolished by the smartphone revolution started by the iPhone, the company and its remnants have split up into various and sundry organizations. One of them tracks online attacks. Nokia’s newest Threat Intelligence Report is out and if you’re worried about malware causes problems on your device, there is good news.
Most of the world’s device malware– nearly 70-percent– is on Android. What about the rest? Windows accounts for almost 28 percent. That doesn’t leave much in the Other category, does it? Well, guess which popular device shows up in the Other group?
iPhone and iPad. Or, put another way, iOS devices.
Android OS-based devices might have double the user marketshare of iPhone and iPad customers, but when it comes to malware, double becomes nearly 20-times what can be found on Apple’s mobile devices.
Remember, thanks to automated attacks, every device on the internet is under attack, but of those, Android devices have the most malware, more than two to one over all other devices combined, more than double that of Windows PCs, and almost 20-times iPhone and iPad.
That’s one way to know your iPhone is secure, but there are other items to consider, and when compared to Windows PCs or Android smartphones and tablets, should give you pause for concern, and pause for comfort.
First, Apple updates iOS on a very timely basis. Almost 60-percent of all iOS users– iPhone and iPad– have upgraded to iOS 11.x which was released just a few weeks ago. Compare that to the last two Android OS version, which combined, barely get into double digits. Those upgrades are an important element in your iPhone’s security.
Second, Apple’s iOS app platform is a closed system. As long as you don’t jailbreak an iPhone, or side-load nefarious applications, whatever problems you run into are mitigated because Apple watches and certifies each application. Google does something similar with the Play Store and the Play Protect system, but there are many ways to download and install malware on Android devices.
Third, Apple builds into each iPhone and every iPhone you can buy today, a security system unlock any other. Touch ID is secure and convenient. So is Face ID on iPhone X. iOS is so secure that even the F.B.I., law enforcement authorities, and politicians grumble about how secure it is.
Sleep well tonight. Yes, your iPhone is under attacked every time you turn it on, but it’s also the most secure mobile platform money can buy.