iPhone is less secure than Android, security company SourceFire reveals

News 09:34, Mar 27 2013

The iPhone has shown to have more security vulnerabilities than Android or BlackBerry, a SourceFire study has shown

The iPhone may be more vulnerable to security attacks and hacks than Android and other smartphones, according to SourceFire, which released a "25 Years of Vulnerabilities" study in March. Because of the iPhone's popularity and Apple's strict App Store guidelines, hackers and cyber criminals are more motivated to penetrate Apple's security and iOS's loopholes.

Surprisingly, the iPhone had far more security vulnerabilities than Android and BlackBerry smartphones. According to ZDNet:

"210 vulnerabilities were found in Apple's smartphone, giving iOS 81 percent of the mobile phone vulnerability market share. This is more than the total number of vulnerabilities in Android-based, Windows-based and BlackBerry-based smartphones combined, at 19 percent."

The iPhone seems to be more popular amongst consumers even though Android has a larger total user base, which may explain why Apple is more likely to be the target of attacks and loophole discoveries. Android, on the other hand, already makes it pretty easy for hackers to introduce malware into the open Android Market, and that gives them less incentive to find vulnerabilities compared with Apple.

With the growing number of iPhone users and BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, policies in enterprise and business environments, matters of security and vulnerabilities become magnified. Sensitive emails, bank information, contact information and most of our social networks live on our smartphones, and to have these devices stolen or compromised can be very damaging.

One would imagine that Apple is quickly and constantly working on patching or resolving these security issues, but until then it wouldn't hurt to stay vigilant about protecting our phones. Don't attempt to jailbreak or hack your iPhone unless you absolutely know what you're getting into, and take simple security measures like locking your device and enabling remote security wipes.

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