Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Director of Android Security Claims Android Is Now As Secure as the iPhone

 
Director of Android Security Claims Android Is Now As Secure as the iPhone

Apple fans love or media who like Apple always loves to talk about how insecure Android is. They portray Android like, you are just one tap away to destroy your phone, which is not true at all. It’s clear that reality and truth isn’t something a good portion of humanity is interested in getting behind.

As you all know Adrian Ludwig is the director of security for Android and he believe that Android is very secure as a mobile platform. Recently, in one of the interview with Motherboard at the O’Reilly Security Conference, Ludwig said something that will probably shock Android security truthers: his company’s Pixel phones are “for sure” as secure as the iPhone. 

Now there is an good explanation behind it, Google updates their own phones, just like Apple does with its phones. Google also pushes out monthly security patches to its phones, has all sorts of built-in security features in Android, and utilizes numerous measures through Google Play to keep the bad stuff out.

People rarely have any issues with Android and people who does, it happens because they want all apps for free and are willing to take the risk of installing a pirated, non-secure app to their phone.

But as Ludwig points out, Android has a built-in Safety Net that scans 400 million or so devices per day, along with 6 billion apps. Those scans, along with other security features, allow Android to remain secure. Ludwig, during a speech at the same conference, said that less than 1% of the billions of Android phones contain malware.

Ludwig says, it is still being developed, the carrier and OEM situation involving updates still needs to improve. However, recently Google has been able to keep its phones up-to-date like the iPhone, distribution of security patches from Google to manufacturer and carrier to customer still takes too long.

So relax, your Android device is plenty secure, but if you want to up your security game, go for Google phones.

Source : Motherboard