When you think of cybersecurity, you usually think of your laptop or computer first. Mobile hacking is becoming more and more popular as we do most of our online surfing from our phones. Most people have huge amounts of personal data on their phones, making security more important than ever.
When it comes to the security of your smartphone, which operating system you choose makes a big difference. The ways in which operating systems are designed and maintained goes a long way in determining how secure your phone will be, and the security offered by the leading smartphone options is very different. Have you ever wondered which operating system is safer – IOS or Android?
Here are three things to consider when choosing your next smartphone:
- Market Share – this is a major factor because hackers want to have the biggest impact by attacking a widely used platform. Android has the largest market share worldwide, with about 85% compared to IOS, which is 15%. This makes Android a bigger target for hackers.
- Facial Recognition – both IOS and Android offer facial recognition on their later models, but they both work very differently. Samsung did launch their system first but can easily be tricked with a photo of a face. They even provided a disclaimer saying this feature is not as secure as fingerprint scanning. As for Apple, they created a system that can’t be fooled by photos and can also recognize a face with glasses, a beard etc.
- Sandboxing – When it comes to apps on your phone, IOS and Android run very differently. Apple uses a technique called sandboxing, which means every app runs in its own walled space (sandbox) and doesn’t interact with other apps. This is a good thing when it comes to cybersecurity. On the other hand, Google designed Android to be fully open and flexible with their apps. This design has some benefits, but it also means that the platform is more open to attacks.
A great way to protect your mobile device from future attacks is Checkpoint’s Sandblast Mobile Protection software. Sandblast Mobile is the leading Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) solution, which provides complete threat detection and mitigation, full visibility, the best mobile catch rate and simple deployment. By integrating with all market-leading MDM/UEMs, Sandblast Mobile adds a critical layer of security to these solutions by covering all vectors of attack.