Quit the madness, iOS is not more secure than Android!

by: Edgar CervantesJune 23, 2014


The misconception that Apple’s products are somehow more secure has carried from Macbooks to iPhones. This may sometimes be a true statement, but it’s usually due to external factors, not actual security procedures or OS advantages. Such has been found to be the case with iOS when compared to Android, according to Marble Security Labs.

Marble Security Labs is speaking to Enterprise users, which fall under a separate category when referring to privacy. Enterprise users give more priority to keeping company files and information secure, requiring a significant level of protection.

“We broke it down in our labs against 14 leading attack vectors for mobile devices, and aside from their app distribution control, iOS and Android are equally at risk to the mobile security threatscape facing the enterprise.” -David Jevans, Founder and CTO at Marble Security

Both iOS and Android devices are targets to hackers and malicious software. Some may argue Apple’s app distribution control is superior, which could be the case. The Cupertino behemoth keeps a tight rope on the Apple App Store, but this doesn’t mean iPhones and iPads are out of hackers’ reach.

Malicious software can be spread through SMS, compromised hotspots and more. Not to mention, iPhones can easily be jailbroken and given access to non-official apps. This further increases your chances of compromising your iPhone’s content.

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It’s essential to keep in mind that no operating system is completely secure. Vulnerabilities will always be found as long as hackers look for them, and that’s where the trick lies. iPhones and iPads are among the most popular devices in the world. Just as popular is the Android OS, which is bound to grab some attention.

The moral of the story? Enterprise users should rid themselves from tech hearsay and generalizations. IT managers can not simply trust Apple or Android. There are many factors that make both platforms secure, as well as vulnerable.

  • MasterMuffin

    And I’m pretty sure you can make Android much more secure, because you can do anything

    • BZ

      hahaha true that, it’s also a bit of common sense to not click on stuff that looks shady, if you are going to a porn site and just click (tap) everywhere you know you are just asking for >D

      • MasterMuffin

        I always click the “20 girls nearby want to meet, click here to install our Android app and chat!” ;D

        • BZ

          lol!! well thats because you are a chick magnet dude. You actually get real girls while the rest of us get viruses.

          • Jayfeather787

            MasterMuffin is a wizard. True fact.

          • MasterMuffin

            Yea. Totally :)

          • Ayman Kouzayha


          • j7981

            How do you know he doesn’t get real viruses from the real girls? O.o

        • Sunny


    • Crutchcorn


    • Harry

      this statement contradicts itself

      • So is Linux, still there are a lot of companies that use it because you CAN make it secure. The openness makes it easy for one’s company to restrict access to areas where the system might be vulnerable. I would like to see a company do that with an locked down OS. Furthermore this makes it harder to manipulate if you don’t root nor jailbreak the device, since there is nothing an hacker could do with neither of them. Just want to add to that the reason that BB and WP are safer are because they’re less used by people rather than the fact that they’re more secure, more people using it = more hackers trying to break it.
        May I ask what protections are you talking about? I have both Android and iOS devices and this “protections” exists on neither of them, Android might have taken a step forward when you’re able to see what kind of permissions that the app wants.

        No screening? I see that you’ve no idea what you’re talking about here, Android apps ARE screened, while Apple may have harder restrictions on their apps, Google sure isn’t far behind these days. Even at the start of Android Market as its name was back in the days Google had screening but it didn’t screen them “enough”, the same with Apple too actually. Apple may be leading in the case of screening apps really good, still not at 100% though, Google isn’t far behind with “just” screening apps pretty good.

        Of course we’ve read the article but as you would know by the internet some people just don’t know what they’re talking about.

        I do too favour Android over iOS for some reasons, these reasons do however NOT make it more vulnerable, explanation stated in the beginning of this comment.
        If you enable Unknown Sources and download from wherever you find an app, of course it’s less secure than “You’ve no choice of downloading such apps” but then that’s your own choice. Which an iOS user could as easily do if they jailbreak their device and download apps and packages from Cydia from untrustworthy sources.

        • mobilemann

          comparing jailbreaking to “unknown sources” is a bit of a stretch.

          • It might be a bit but due to the fact that jailbreaking is so extremely easy nowadays compared to how it used to be, it’s not too far fetched in my opinion. If one removed the popup dialog for unknown sources it would be about as easy.

          • mobilemann

            I’ve kept up with iOS over the years, and i assure you, it’s not nearly as easy as the geohot days. Jailbreakme.com was the pinnacle. The current iOS 7.1.1 (not evaders) jailbreak requires a PC with itunes installed etc.

            it’s totally different. It’s perfectly comparable to rooting however.

          • So have I due to the fact that I’ve jailbroken almost every release since 3.1, didn’t know Pengu was harder than Evasi0n though, been away from the scene since 7.0.4’s jailbreak.
            Sp I agree it was a bit far fetched though evasi0n was a one click method, but nevertheless I’ll change the post about that part.

          • mobilemann

            no worries, good to talk to another technology (and not brand) enthusiast.

          • Yeah, it sure is :)

      • Hack

        I don’t have to say a thing about how incorrect you are because it has already been said here:


      • GifCo

        Harry you are one dumb douche that’s for sure. This article was based on facts your comment was based on an uneducated upbringing and stupidity. Get a life.

      • MasterMuffin

        What @scatteredosyx:disqus said, “So is Linux, still there are a lot of companies that use it because you CAN make it secure. The openness makes it easy for one’s company to restrict access to areas where the system might be vulnerable. I would like to see a company do that with an locked down OS.”. Because you can do anything, you can make it more secure.

  • BZ

    Was this article outsourced to India or the Philippines? Of course users from both OS are targets for hackers duh! and can you specify which versions of both OS are you specifically talking about. Also.. i agree ” Enterprise users should rid themselves from tech hearsay ” but what about the rest of us? smh …

  • John Grabb

    Yeah, well don’t tell us this BlackPhone will be more secure than iOS, THAT would be madness. Then BLACKBERRY is the ONLY secure phone

    • Alex Magaña

      If You have a minute go to crackberry And see what just happen to 1,000 Iphone And iPad users been protected by mobileiron haha they just took all of those employees And moved them to BES10

      • mobilemann

        significantly better than what my android users have to go through. Mobile Iron blows, but mobile iron with Touchdown? Un fucking bearable.

  • Fer

    Even a torn condom is more secure than Android, that’s a fact

    • Jayfeather787

      As a certified doctor, I am sorry to inform you that your brain is broken.

      • Ashe

        Lol Lol lol xD You make my day sir

      • Fer


      • jack

        As a certified doctor, I am sorry to inform you that if his brain were “broken” he wouldn’t be here. Where did you get your diploma? India?

        • Jayfeather787

          That’s is very racist and you are very stupid indeed. Get the fuck out you worthless piece of shit.

          • jack

            Saying india’s medical school diploma are weak isnt racism you hypocrite

    • nishantsirohi123

      your parents disagree

    • s2weden2000

      Aaaw..we got a aijphoney user here…

  • abazigal

    The report can be found here, for those interested.


    So let me get this straight. The report flat out states the many ways iOS is more secure than Android (like how it consistently gets updates, and the App Store being the sole source of apps for non-jailbroken phones), and then goes on to conclude that both platforms face the same level of risks?


    • Myamo

      Yeah, it’s BS. In iOS the apps are sandboxed (unless they’ve changed it) wich should make the biggest threat quite limited – ie stupid users doing stupid things with their phones.
      Very happy Nexus 5 owner here, so still prefer Android but if I ran a company I think I’d prefer if the employees used iPhones. Not that I’d think either was anywhere close to hacker safe though.

      • Michael Samsara

        If I were a hacker I would target iOS because people using it have been lolled into a false sense of security that is not necessarily supported by reality – and which I would – not may – but would find a way around without anyone knowing. I would then, quietly without fanfare, deploy whatever hack I had come up with; reap the ill gotten gains that resulted therefrom, and once my coffers were full, quietly fade away, disappear – never to be heard from again until I was – all the while maintaining the fervent hope that those who use iOS would continue blithely, mindlessly along their merry ways believing themselves essentially invulnerable – so that when it came time to come back to “re-up” my bank balance they would still be ripe for the picking. Assumption is the mother of all f— ups and pride coupled with overconfidence goeth before the fall.

        • Abel Carden

          I’m sure there are quite a few exploits out there doing your exact example. apple are the best at saying there is no problem when in reality there is a very big problem. One example of this is the icloud exploit placing ransom were on people’s Idevices in Australia and some parts of the USA. Not a single word from Apple over this they refused to admit there was a problem so in a way apple protect the hackers by refusing to admit flaws exist themselves.

        • TechLvr

          iOS users are not (ahem) “lolled” into a false sense of security – nor do they blithely or mindlessly do anything more so than any other group.

          Your idea to “find a way around” iOS security “quietly without fanfare” is genius BTW.

          Do it quickly before anyone else has the same idea and beats you to it.

          I “lolled” all the way through this one.

          Be lucky!

      • Just gonna add here that Androids apps are also sandboxed…

    • Randem

      You nailed it.

    • Harry

      common sense!! article is ridiculous.

  • Sergio Carvalho

    Kamei Hamei Haaaaaa

  • Jayfeather787


  • Bob Winner

    So iOS and Android are equally at risk. How about WP and BB10?

    • nishantsirohi123

      now that shall be a great comparison, but both have had recent changes
      WP 8.1 has different APIs and more open access that WP8
      and the new version of BB10 has official support for Amazon Store

    • Abel Carden

      Market share or lack of is a good way to mitigate risk windows phone at this stage is secure sure it may have security flaws but no one bothers exploiting them.

  • s2weden2000

    Never was..never will be…

  • PowerPeach

    Funny how the article says, other than the fact that one application can have complete access to another, the OS is completely secure. The issue is that malware…IS AN APPLICATION, completely able to raid another app for information.

  • Andrew T Roach

    The creators of Google have exchanged mail with members of the CIA on a first name basis. Its all on record.

    In fact, Google purchased a 3D mapping startup called Keyhole, which was owned in part by the CIA/NSA, which through further development and close cooperation from the NSA would become Google Earth. Again. This is all on official record.

    Think what you like. Thats enough privacy concerns for me to ditch Android.

  • TechLvr

    The article has the whiff of desperation about it

  • Andrew T Roach

    Gonna be hush hush about the crypto key bug in the Android KeyStore that affects 86% of Android devices? Banking services, VPN’s and unlocking PIN’s can all be compromised on any Android device not running 4.4 or higher.

  • jack

    I used to read this website to get crapoid news but now I see the writers of this website are totally insane and r3t4rd3d…..

    • Jayfeather787

      Pretty sure you are describing yourself there bud.

  • jack

    I used to think android users were just cheap and didn’t have enough money to spare for an iPhone but now I can confirm they are just stupid and dumb. Maybe that’s the reason they don’t have a decent job. Stop flipping burgers and bartending.

    • Jayfeather787

      Stop living.