Safest Mobile OS – Is There Such A Thing?
Lookout today released a report stating that Android users are two and a half times more likely to encounter malware on the device today than six months ago and that three out of ten Android owners are likely to encounter a web based threat on their device each year. Lookout also estimated that almost half million to one million people were affected by Android malware in the first half of 2011. So is it fair enough to state that the Android operating system has been more affected in this regard than its rivals? To be honest, it is difficult to provide a definitive answer to this question as we believe no operating systems are completely secure: each has its own strong points as well as weaknesses. While traditionally Symbian and Windows Mobile were prime candidates for attacks, Android and BlackBerry OSs have both been the recipients of rising number of attacks over the last few months. While opting for an open source platform has had its advantages for Google and Nokia, allowing user access to the entire OS paved the way for new types of attacks: indeed, Android’s open source policy has made it an obvious target. Meanwhile, our research has found that BlackBerry has been more affected by spyware applications in recent times. So that brings us to Apple - there has been recent incidents involving the iOS as well, primarily affecting jail broken iPhones. Security vendors tend to believe that there will be an increase in malware targeting iPhone users with the devices increased market visibility. Essentially, the longer a mobile operating system has been in the market, the longer attackers had time to study its weakness - and to attack them.