Last Updated on October 13, 2021 by Kelly Jhonson
Android has up to 47 times more malware than iOS. This assertion comes directly from Apple, which has released an extensive report in which it ensures that an Android phone is much more likely to be infected by malware than an Apple mobile, and this is the result of the installation of apps outside the official store.
Android phone users have the possibility to install apps that do not come from the Google Play Store, it will be enough with some consent and the activation of a function so that you can place the application you want on the mobile, regardless of the origin, but it is right there where all the malware that can infect the phone hides.
According to the 28-page report published by Apple, an Android phone is 15 to 47 times more exposed to a virus than an iPhone. This is a compelling reason with which Apple continues to defend its closed system at all costs, in which all applications must come from their own store and there are no alternative ways to do so.
The Bitten Apple company points out that allowing the installation of applications from a third-party store, as well as downloading from unknown sources, can seriously violate the privacy and security protection that the operating system brings to iPhone and iPhone phones. which is what makes them safer.
Among the main malware that an Android phone can be affected by are adware, ransomware, spyware, and banking Trojans, all of which are the result of direct downloads made to the phone without any type of security verification that can evaluate the entire file.
In its report Apple notes that “A large amount of malware in third-party application stores shows that they do not have sufficient monitoring procedures to detect harmful applications (and direct download websites do not have an independent verification system), for what cybercriminals and hackers have turned to third-party app stores or direct downloads to spread their apps, taking advantage of the lack of oversight and inability to control the spread of malware. “
Apple points out that precisely, it is much easier to infect a device on those platforms that allow direct installations, as well as the installation of applications in third-party stores that do not have adequate security.
According to data from the security firm Kaspersky, as well as the EU cybersecurity agency, 230 thousand new infections are detected daily, in fact in 2020 about 6 million attacks were detected per month.
Among the most popular cases are apps that seek to impersonate legitimate applications, especially the case of the Flubot Trojan, which when downloading the APK and running the installation, the phone is already infected. It was also the case of fake apps impersonating Clubhouse to steal users’ personal data.
The company says that forcing iOS to be an open system is condemning the iPhone to be a less secure device, losing the trust of users and opening the doors to countless violations. In this case, the user would be responsible for determining whether an application is reliable or not, something that should be the responsibility of the device and the operating system, but not of whoever is using it.