We all know that these two operating systems have taken over all smartphone and Tablet market so far. And this all is because of their awesome user interface, performance, availability of apps, etc. But as far as I know all successful softwares have risks if you do not sufficiently secure your device against theft or unauthorized usage, which can be:
• Access to personal and confidential files, emails, web accounts, bank accounts, etc. that are stored on your device.
• Access to your personal messages and the contacts of phone book.
• Access to stored passwords.
But which of these operating systems are more secured if compared with each other ? Lets compare Android and iOS security features.
The experts at Symantec have some page report on system security under Android and iOS. The report deals with in the past have become known security holes and to the general safety of operating systems. Compared cuts iOS not only much better, but also reaches into the category of malware protection is a 'full protection'. Symantec says Android devices get only 'little protection'.
The encryption structure of the IOS operating system provides a strong protection of emails and attachments and allows the remote deletion of the devices. Also when encryption is considered, iOS is much better than Android. Two fairly significant security features within iOS are the Geo-location and auto erase facilities. The app permits users to trace a lost device, and then remotely clear all of the data on that certain device. These are provided by both Android and Apple.
Apple's approach towards each app store downloads to consider before its release is good, but this control does not provide one hundred percent security. Determined attacker could bypass the hurdle set with hidden program code - so far the testing process, however, ensures a good protection against attackers. The Android Market has a tiny amount of security in place, and Google allows pretty much any application to be submitted to the market for trade or download. Unlike Apple, Google does not check the security or authority of any applications previous to them going up for trade.
Although it is always informed exactly which permissions an app requires, but many users would know the risks well enough. Another minus point of Android is the lack of encryption - it was probably introduced with Android 3.0, but version 3 is available only for tablets. The technology used by Apple's sandboxing model provides consistent protection against traditional viruses and worms, and limits the data visible to an attacker considerably. The handle of program rights guaranteed in the IOS is that unauthorized applications do not send text messages and cannot access the current device position which is not seen in Android.
A disadvantage of the Apple platform is still in the encryption. A variety of data could be decrypted without knowing the master password. Browser attacks can also cause severe damage, even if they are in iOS well separated and so attacks on an app does not 'skip'. Since Google provides the encryption until version 3.0, legacy devices are not safer than iPhone or iPad.
Some disadvantages are with both the operating systems, particularly in terms of synchronization with mobile devices, cloud services and desktop computers. Hence, it is no longer controlling the data flow in IOS and Android devices.
Overall, however, are both IOS and Android relatively safe environments, and definitely more secure than desktop operating systems. The greatest danger and that affects Apple and Google are alike like phishing and spam attacks, including on social networks. Against such attacks, both systems are inadequately protected.