iOS vs Android is the oldest battle continuing to break the internet. While the ultimate deal breaker is the intangible element direly essential for both the app users which boils down to Data Security and App data encryption.
The future of mobile app entirely depends on how secure the application is. iOS and Android both pass through a loop of security verifications before landing on the launch phase. But, are they combatant against various vulnerabilities? As cybercrime is another noise breaking down the levels of security, the users are likely to be a victim of privacy loss. Though you cannot prevent your apps from the vulnerable attacks, can at least protect your data in such case!
It’s tricky to fetch what’s drilling down to the app security, these can be some possible culprits-
Poor app testing standards may be one of the possible reasons for your app failure. The app testing may not reach the standard markings both in case of an android app or the iOS version. Though the security level certification testing is different for both the devices but a thorough testing is something holding the grip on maintaining the data privacy going forward. There isn’t any solution until the two giants modify the security process to make sure the apps are operational without any security risks.
In general, both devices go through a vigorous data encryption before launching the built, the procedures include the various level of security testing but, there can still be some flaws daunting the process. The user data is saved as ciphertext on the disk storage as an optional advantage but, while you decide to sync the data with your Desktop, it is then transferred as plain text which in turn is quickly accessible to be extracted by the hackers. This involves greater risk, though the platforms are enhancing the process and progressing towards better security options.
We can compare both the platforms on certain parameters to understand which one is a safer option to rely on, though it will remain a debatable topic even after.
1. Threat level
If we’re searching for a device with a lesser threat level, iOS devices seem to be a better choice. As per the studies, a higher chunk of mobile malware targets Android than iOS, the reason behind this is probably the Android’s open-source approach, while Apple has better control on the apps which are available on the app store. Due to the elevating popularity of iOS from the past few years, every app aims to build both the versions for a better-targeted audience.
2. Secured software
If your app isn’t upgraded to the latest version, you may be the next soft target for the hackers. Android devices and applications if aren’t updated to the latest version sooner the update notification clicks on, have a huge risk involved! The fragmentation of Android devices across old versions plays into the hands of malware creators.
On the contrary, Apple quickly filters through the users and each iOS release is itself quite a big event which indicates mass upgrades. It reduces the risk of significant security scares and keeps the apple security gripping enough.
3. Hardware integration
Android security often depends on the hardware it’s running on. Often manufacturers are solemnly responsible for working on the security features. In the case of Android, some manufacturers are better than others to make sure the build is running without security issues. While in case of iOS devices, Apple has full control over the device’s security and safety.
To ensure data privacy apple restricts its device from non-iOS pairing and other threats which may be affecting the security of the device. While in case of Android, a user can download the apps from anywhere, it’s versatile approach may be the reason for Android being more threat affected.
You can still be secure with android using an anti-virus application, scanning applications before installation which can ensure you do not lose any information including messages, social media accounts, and phone contacts.
5. Device fragmentation
Devices not running on the latest versions are generally the victim of foreign elements disturbing the data security. Hackers find it easy to fetch the operating system running on the older versions. Apple is quite a safe choice in this case as it keeps both its device and operating system version on a lower side and thus reduces the probability of device fragmentation. On the contrary, in case of Android devices, the number of device variants and OS versions is quite high providing an open ecosystem to the hackers to plot their target on!
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Concluding the debate, both the devices have their pros and cons but, keeping your data secure, it’s firstly a self-effort, ask your android app development company or the iOS app development company you’re choosing for your next project to provide better security options for your mobile app. Release timely upgrades to make sure no hackers find it easy to get into the user’s personal space
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Mark Tedson is a Senior Technical Writer at Clavax, a leading IT consulting firm for Web and Mobile app development in San Jose, California.