Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Jamie Durham
IT Correspondent
9:28 AM 15th May 2019

Android Vs IPhone - Which Is More Secure?

In this next instalment with the Yorkshire Times, Jamie Durham takes a look at Androids and iPhones – the differences between the two and which is most secure – to keep you protected against potential cyberattacks.

Smartphones make our lives easier, and many of us can’t go a day without them. You can purchase anything at your fingertips and can find out the answer to a burning question in seconds, so there is no surprise millions are sold every year across the globe.

A longstanding debate amongst friends is usually, which is better – an Android or iPhone? For most, the one which comes out on top would be determined by the look, feel, camera quality and battery life – failing to even consider security.

In truth, you’re never completely out of harm’s way when using a mobile device on either operating system, but which one should you be choosing for the best chance to avoid hacks?

Threat level

If we’re only considering the level of threat that exists, it would seem that iPhone and iPad users have the better side of the deal. Studies have found that a higher percentage of malware targets Android more than iOS – the software, which runs Apple’s devices.

When it comes to apps, Androids have a far more open approach, whereas Apple tightly vets and controls which are available for download across its various stores.

Whichever phone you opt for, it is still extremely important to be vigilant where attacks are concerned, as both are equally at risk of social engineering hacks – where cyber criminals use personal methods to target your data and logins.


However, there is a solution for creating a safe experience when using Android – simply updating the handset to the latest version of OS (operating systems). If the fragmentation across old versions falls into the lap of malware creators, making it easier for them to be successful in obtaining your personal data.

In contrast, Apple sends users new iOS update notifications quickly. Some people tend to put these off as they prompt time consuming reboots, but this means significant security scares are rare. This no doubt makes for a more secure smartphone environment.

Staying safe

Android is certainly more of a wild card when it comes to security than iOS, but with the right precautions it can still be a safe platform. For example, ensure all apps are downloaded from the Google pay store and not 3rd party sites.

It’s a good idea to install a good antivirus or antimalware app, but there are some experts that warn these have little, to zero functionality, in regards to protecting you.

Rooting and jailbreaking are terms that relate to removing the control that
Apple and Android impose. This allows for the installation of any app, but also leaves your device vulnerable to malware and spyware. Under no circumstances, in my opinion, should these steps be taken.

For the layman, the most obvious choice to prevent being hacked would be to invest in an iPhone, however an Android alternative can also be used safely and securely if you take the appropriate steps.