Comparing Security Of The iPhone and Android

Critics of the iPhone and proponents of Android often cite the strict control Apple maintains on the iPhone App Store as a negative, and the openness of the Android Market as a positive. While apps are what make smartphones a platform, they also create a security risk. A rogue application that someone unknowingly installs on their phone is a most likely way for someone to steal information on the phone or cause damage to the phone. MIT’s Technology Review web site does a great job of explaining the security in Android as compared to the iPhone in the article..

How Android Security Stacks Up

Android attempts to compensate for the openness of the Android Market by informing the user of the capabilities an application has when it is installed, and the Technology Review article explains Android’s capability system, along with its weaknesses. One of the differences between the iPhone and Android security that the article points out is that the iPhone can be set up to erase all data after 10 failed passcode attempts; Android does not have such a feature.

Technology Review likes Android’s capability system, and wishes that the iPhone had something similar, but notes that the iPhone’s range of security features is better than Android and therefore is a better choice for people concerned about storing sensitive information on their phone.