Is iOS more secure than Android? Comparing the security of competing phone operating systems


Is iOS on the best iPhones more secure than Android OS on the best Android phones? Good question, and the answer is yes, sort of, depending on what you mean by security.

For the creators of malicious software and scripts, iOS is a smaller target than Android: it’s only used by one phone company, Apple, and that means it’s present on far fewer phones. That doesn’t mean that iOS isn’t under attack or that there aren’t any security vulnerabilities. It does and there is. However, Android tends to be attacked more frequently as there are more phones and many Android manufacturers stop releasing security updates for their devices after two or three years. At the time of writing, Apple is still offering iOS updates for phones dating back to the seven-year-old iPhone 6S.

The iOS App Store is more secure than the Google Play Store. Apple has a stricter review process than Google, making it harder for malicious apps to get onto people’s phones, and Apple makes it extremely difficult to install apps it hasn’t approved. Apple’s App Store also takes user privacy more seriously than Google, so you’re less likely to have an app that demands access to absolutely everything on your phone for no good reason.

Parental controls on both platforms are very good and can do a great job of keeping your kids safe, whether blocking certain types of content or restricting app usage.

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Here’s how to stay safe on iOS or Android

Most threats to your digital security are not really technological, but tricks. Fake emails pretending to be from your bank or other financial institutions, emails with shady attachments that you weren’t expecting or requesting, online offers that are too good to be true…none of which is specific to iOS or Android, so security is as much about being cynical as it is about having a specific type of phone.

However, there are some technological things you should do. First and foremost, make sure you always have the most up-to-date version of your operating system and apps. Second, don’t use the same login credentials on multiple websites: many people’s passwords end up in website data leaks, and using the same ones on multiple websites is a massive potential problem. And third, use any security features your device offers, like fingerprint or face recognition for security, two-factor authentication for essential services (which require you to use an app like Google Authenticator as well as your password to sign in), parental controls where applicable . and so forth.


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