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The mythbusters are back, and this time one of the all time popular myths regarding iOS has been busted. According to a new study, it turns out that iOS isn’t as malware-proof as people have come to believe. In fact, reports suggest that Android is safer and more secure than iOS.

The study carried out by Checkmarx and AppSec Labs claim that Apple’s ‘wall garden’, that is the App Store, is filled with apps that have greater percentage of critical or high severity security vulnerabilities when compared to Android apps.

According to the report, a critical vulnerability is defined as one “that exposes a major security risk with a direct exploit (not needing user involvement). If exploited, the security threat might cause major damage to the application and/or have major impact on the company.”

Here’s what the claim means for everyone. Firtsly, it breaks the image of iOS being regarded as the most fool-proof operating system. Secondly, it also means that there is now no safe operating system out there as all the major players are now on the same boat. Of course, it was only a matter of time for a report such as this to come out. Hackers do tend to target big names, especially ones that claim to be unbreakable.

“With more than 1.5 million apps available in the two main app stores, Apple and Android, and hundreds of billions of downloads to date, the mobile landscape has quickly become the main playground for hackers and attackers.”

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As the reports suggest, 36 percent of Android apps were found to be potentially critical or highly severe while a surprising 40 percent of iOS apps were deemed critical, crushing the common misconception that iOS is a safer platform.

There seems to be some credibility to this report, especially after the recent news that a popular app on the App Store, called InstaAgent, has been leaking Instagram username and passwords and sending them off to a remote server as well as publishing unauthorized images to users account without their consent.

Checkmarx’s Amit Ashbel explained to GeekTime that most of the security flaws are the result of vulnerabilities in developers’ code. “The mobile application industry as a whole is lagging behind on secure coding best practices,” he added.

Well, that’s one less thing for iPhone users to brag about now.

Source: [tw-button size=”medium” background=”#07ABE2″ color=”” target=”_blank” link=”https://www.checkmarx.com/2015/11/05/the-state-of-mobile-app-security/”]Checkmarx[/tw-button]

 

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Sanket Vijay
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58 comments
Vaibhav Jain
Vaibhav Jain

Who is checkmarx bro? The one who is giving these reports hahahahaha ....it can never be safe..have u ever seen antivirus app for ios..it doesnt have ..check the google play store.. HENCE PROVED ANDROID IS SAFER \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602 Umang Jain

Ashutosh Ashu
Ashutosh Ashu

Bhai kaun si report kanha ki report.. Sb pharji hai ye

Hari Shanker R
Hari Shanker R

Njaan athraykk android hater onnum alla ketto... My backup phone is a Moto X, and I just bought a G4 for wife :D

Rahul Nath
Rahul Nath

BTW i didn't read this post by iGyaan.. just tagged you when i came across the title of the article.. :-D

Hari Shanker R
Hari Shanker R

Oh my... There we go again :) I'd like to reiterate my stand - I never said iOS is superior to android (or vice versa for that matter). The point I wanted to make was that an operating system (or a handset) is a matter of choice. Not everybody is happy with using iOS as much the number of people who hate their droids. Each man unto his OS. There is no clean victor in this 'OS war', that's all. But, since you mentioned malware, I'd love to listen to your take on this. :) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3306142/Hackers-reveal-Android-malware-IMPOSSIBLE-remove-Malicious-bug-20-000-apps.html

Kevin N Khushal
Kevin N Khushal

If you don't have a iPhone you don't have a iPhone!!

Paritosh Datta
Paritosh Datta

That's why I love Android solo much thanks for knowing me

Brâåñdt Kåtęjâå
Brâåñdt Kåtęjâå

Trust me i wont go to andriod back...! Had such a bad experience of just 1 month..!

Amtul Wadood
Amtul Wadood

News can be anything \U0001f61c..I phone is still better \U0001f602..Andriod is better too \U0001f61d

Ratnesh Pandey
Ratnesh Pandey

but it doesn't lack,aur mere ko hack karke kisi ko kya milega Prabhakar ji......

Umang Jain
Umang Jain

Hahahahaha Vaibhav Jain you are gone. Apple fan huh !

Anant Dagwale
Anant Dagwale

Mahesh Bandari.. So much for security.. Lmao

Bhavyam Parashar
Bhavyam Parashar

Come on man..m using android ..my dad is using apple..n apple is the best..n u know it..u r just being unreasonable..

Moiz Bhatti
Moiz Bhatti

Get lost iOS is better only in hacking and games But you iOS can not battle against Android camera Your iOS half GB ram Android 1 2 3 GB ram 6 GB ram in s7 IOS lol

Faraz Mughal
Faraz Mughal

Iphone user don't know how much android is good

Mark Braxton
Mark Braxton

Seriously. I move to IOS because my previous android phone have problem and most of it is my photo keep on disappearing 1 by 1 and day by day.

Piyush Pati
Piyush Pati

How irony in that sentence!!!android is safer...

Tapan Bhanot
Tapan Bhanot

Is this joke of the year or something ???

Karan Nair
Karan Nair

Ok its easy to say that but can u tell how apple sucks

Angaddeep Singh
Angaddeep Singh

it also means that there is now no safe operating system out there as all the major players are now on the same boat. Of course, it was only a matter of time for a report such as this to come out. Hackers do tend to target big names, especially ones that claim to be unbreakable.

Parth Garg
Parth Garg

Bro I love android.. But the truth is truth

Faisal Rahman
Faisal Rahman

Huh......even if Android gets infected. Antivirus app to the rescue which apple app store does not have

Rajdeep Pal
Rajdeep Pal

Fake....thats totally on favor of android...

Mayur Dhaka
Mayur Dhaka

Why r u consecutive doing this to me...

Saurav Bv
Saurav Bv

Don't Like if u or u heard anyone got a virus or malware in an android device.... BTW I have heard many getting malware in a ios device

Rajeev
Rajeev

Never heard 98% ios devices infected of Malware. whereas android or is a weekly routine.

Kartik Ml
Kartik Ml

That report must be written by RaGa! #Dreams #iosforver