Phil Schiller takes a pop at Android’s malware susceptibility

Phil Schiller isn’t really renowned for being gracious to Apple’s competitors. In fact, Apple’s Senior Vice president is rather prone to totally bashing the opposition, and today is no different…

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Earlier, Schiller tweeted the words “Be safe out there”, with a link to this graph:



The graph shows the results of a recent study from security firm F-Secure, which has compiled and compared the security threats posed to major smart phone operating systems (and Symbian), focussing predominantly on malware. The graph documents the change in malware threats and variants received per quarter, spreading across 2012. As you can see, Android didn’t do so well…

In a statement F-secure said:

Android malware has been strengthening its position in the mobile threat scene. Every quarter, malware authors bring forth new threat families and variants to lure more victims and to update on the existing ones. In the fourth quarter alone, 96 new families and variants of Android threats were discovered, which almost doubles the number recorded in the previous quarter. A large portion of this number was contributed by PremiumSMS—a family of malware that generates profit through shady SMS-sending practices—which unleashed 21 new variants.

The graph shows iOS to be one of the safest platforms, accounting for just 0.7% of mobile malware incidents in 2012, compared to a staggering 79% for Android.

Schiller’s message right here is loud and clear, Apple’s security is second to none, and Android appears pretty vulnerable. But what do you think? Is the closed nature of iOS a benefit? Or is Android’s more open configuration a more attractive feature, despite its obvious security flaws? Leave your comments below!



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  • rickiejames

    “@TodaysiPhone: Phil Schiller takes a pop at Android’s malware susceptibility” – oh dear #android. Dangerous stuff..

  • CallChrisNow

    @TiP_Cam It’s really not hard to run an anti-virus application on Android devices. I wish more people would do it. #idiots