Are iPhones more secure than Android phones your it and tech mates

Are iPhones more secure than Android phones?

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Are iPhones more secure than Android phones?

Are iPhones more secure than Android phones

Are iPhones more secure than Android phones your it and tech mates

Are iPhones more secure than Android phones

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Are iPhones more secure than Android phones your it and tech mates

Are iPhones more secure than Android phones?

Learning with Expert – Terry Lambert.

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 Many people think the iPhone is a more secure and safe-to-use smartphone than Android due to the fact that mobile malware targets Android much more often than iOS.    The control Apple has over its hardware and software makes hacking more difficult. As a result, iOS has a higher level of security. <span class="su-quote-cite">Your IT and Tech Mates</span>

 

Because you can’t run applications which are not signed with Apple’s signing key.

 

This is implemented in the paging path when the kernel virtual memory system attempts to load a page in an executable into memory following a page fault; this uses a variant of the FairPlay content encryption mechanism.

 

One of the things that jailbreaking involves is disabling the enforcement in the paging path vs. the signing key for the application.

 

Because of this, worms, viruses, and malware fall into several broad categories:

 

  • Affects only jailbroken devices; almost all malware for iPhones falls into this category
  • Was developed using a trojan’ed version of XCode; almost all malware of this type was developed in China, due to China’s Internet connection being very slow with respect to the rest of the world, due to China’s political and ideological restrictions on content, which encourages downloading XCode and other software from servers located within China
  • Affects software with an installed enterprise certificate; this is potentially provisioned through a text message or an email, which the user then clicks on a link they should not have clicked on, or it’s provisioned by the company selling the iPhone, and running its own (cheaper) pirate App Store; this also mostly impacts China
  • Malware that was able to get past Apple’s review process for applications; this happens occasionally; if you have updates enabled, Apple can disable these Apps remotely as part of the update process (or when you go to install a new application)
  • There is one malware payload which is distributed through your desktop computer when you connect your iOS device to iTunes; in order to do this, it uses code from current jailbreaking software, in combination with your desktop computer already having malware on it; when you use iTunes, essentially your desktop computer has unprotected sex with your iOS device

In other words, almost all software you can install on an iOS device is curated, and that which isn’t curated is installed directly through an enterprise certificate, or it’s due to jailbreaking, or its due to your desktop system being already heavily infected.

 

So the answer is:

 

  • Most people don’t jailbreak
  • Most people don’t install enterprise certificates to allow them to pirate software they should be paying for
  • Most people who use iTunes to sync their IOS devices have OK antivirus software on their desktop systems
  • Most iOS software is not developed in China with pirated (and trojaned) versions of XCode, and instead uses XCode downloaded from Apple instead
  • Other than that, there’s really no easy way around the strong cryptography used to do FairPlay-style content protection, and Apple’s signing certificate has not yet been compromised — also strong cryptography.

Debunking Five Cybersecurity Myths

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Are iPhones more secure than Android phones

Reference: Terry Lambert ( Linux Development Guru and Senior Associate at IMM ) – “Why is iOS not affected by viruses?”  originally appeared on Quora, the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

 

 

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