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January 14, 2014

Mobile Myth: iOS is Safer Than Android

It's easy to be lulled into a false sense of security when you're using an iPhone, but is iOS really the better smartphone operating system when it comes to malware?

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Risky Behaviors in Top Free iOS AppsAccording to F-Secure Labs' latest Mobile Threat Report, malware authors continue to concentrate on the Android platform with 252 new threat families and variant families.  The report also shows that 81% of discovered threats are profit motivated. So what does this mean?

Most bad guys are still looking for cash with their malware! After reading this report it is natural to feel a little smug if you are an iPhone user – no new reported iOS malware families have shown up in the report. 

Unfortunately, all reports on Android malware perpetuates the myth that “everyone knows iOS is safer than Android so I don’t have to worry about risky and malicious apps because our company only supports iPhones.” Risky Behaviors in Top Free Android AppsWell, Veracode's ongoing analysis of the top 100 free Android and iOS apps in each app store category reveal otherwise.

Both Android and iOS apps have similar stats for risky behaviors.  63% of not only Android apps but also iOS apps access location information. Not only that, but 60% of Android apps access your contact list that you sync to your device – so do 54% of iOS apps. These stats show that you shouldn’t be lulled into believing that malware is the whole story when it comes to mobile app risk.

Want to learn about other mobile myths and trends? Check out our on-demand webinar to see what Tyler Shields, Sr. Analyst, Security & Risk, Forrester Inc. and Theodora Titonis, Vice President, Mobile, Veracode have to say.perpetuates the myth “everyone knows iOS is safer than Android so I don’t have to worry about risky and malicious apps because our company only supports iPhones.”

At Veracode, Jasmine’s efforts are focused around market research, content development and sales enablement efforts. Previously, Jasmine was a founding partner of Ptak/Noel, an industry analyst and marketing consulting firm. Prior to that she also served as director of systems and applications management at Hurwitz Group, and senior analyst at D.H. Brown Associates. Jasmine holds a bachelor of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of science from the University of Southern California.

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