“Published today, a two-year study of Android security updates has revealed a distressing gap between the software patches Android companies claim to have on their devices and the ones they actually have,” Vlad Savov writes for The Verge. “Your phone’s manufacturer may be lying to you about the security of your Android device. In fact, it appears that almost all of them do.”

“Coming at the end of a week dominated by Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings and an ongoing Facebook privacy probe, this news might seem of lesser importance, but it goes to the same issue that has drawn lawmakers’ scrutiny to Facebook: the matter of trust,” Savov writes. “Facebook is the least-trusted big US tech company, and Android might just be the operating system equivalent of it: used by 2 billion people around the world, tolerated more than loved, and susceptible to major lapses in user privacy and security.”

“The gap between Android and its nemesis [née progenitor – MDN Ed.], Apple’s iOS, has always boiled down to trust,” Savov writes. “Unlike Google, Apple doesn’t make its money by tracking the behavior of its users, and unlike the vast and varied Android ecosystem, there are only ever a couple of iPhone models, each of which is updated with regularity and over a long period of time. Android is perceived as untrustworthy in large part because it is. Beside the matter of security level misrepresentations, here are some of the other major issues and villains plaguing the platform…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: You’re not saving any real money, you’re just making your life exceedingly more difficult and wasting tons of time by settling for a fake iPhone. Get a real iPhone.

The more people are educated about unchecked data collection and the more who value their privacy, the better Apple’s sales will be. Today, it’s literally Apple against the world.MacDailyNews, July 14, 2017

People who value privacy and security use Apple products.MacDailyNews, September 12, 2015

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