Security expert: There are several reasons why Apple iPhones are more secure than Android phones

Apple’s “latest ad campaign features a thief who’s able to break in and steal things from ‘your phone,’ but the line gets drawn — quite literally — at an iPhone,” Emily Bary reports for Barron’s. “In the ad, a thief tries to enter an iPhone space but gets rebuffed and quickly gives up.”

“We wondered how the iOS/Android security question plays out in the real world and dialed up an expert to find out,” Bary reports. “There are several reasons why iPhones are more secure than the various phones running Android software, according to Mike Johnson, who runs the security technologies graduate program at the University of Minnesota. Johnson has used both Android and iOS devices, but he has an iPhone because of its security edge.”

“Apple’s iOS operating system only runs on iPhones, while Alphabet’s Android software runs on phones made by numerous manufacturers. It’s more complicated to deliver patches, or bug fixes, that work across so many device makers and carriers. Android can release a patch, but it won’t necessarily be available on all devices right away,” Bary reports. “‘Fragmentation is the enemy of security,’ Johnson says.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iPhone. Never has something been knocked off so poorly… Well, not since Microsoft’s upside-down, backwards, insecure Mac knockoff, at least.

We don’t call it Fragmandroid for nothing.

Now to be fair, this is only because Android is an inferior product peddled to tech illiterates who do not value their privacy and/or who are unable to recognize a half-assed knockoff from the revolutionary original.

Android is a BlackBerry clone that was hastily rejiggered to mimic iPhone at the last minute. Obviously, mistakes were made.

So, the Android rush-job is a security nightmare. It’s fragmented. It’s too many cooks in the kitchen. It’s crap-by-committee junk.

And anyone who rewards blatant thieves by settling for Android deserves their fate.MacDailyNews, May 23, 1015

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36 widely-used Android devices ship with malware preinstalled – March 14, 2017
The cost of free: More than one million Google Android devices hit by malware – November 30, 2016
Secret backdoor in U.S. Android phones sent location, text, contact data to China – November 15, 2016
Google’s Android platform has a serious flaw – August 23, 2016
Poor man’s iPhone: Android on the decline – February 26, 2015
Study: iPhone users are smarter and richer than those who settle for Android phones – January 22, 2015
Why Android users can’t have the nicest things – January 5, 2015
iPhone users earn significantly more than those who settle for Android phones – October 8, 2014
Yet more proof that Android is for poor people – June 27, 2014
More proof that Android is for poor people – May 13, 2014
Android users poorer, shorter, unhealthier, less educated, far less charitable than Apple iPhone users – November 13, 2013
IDC data shows two thirds of Android’s 81% smartphone share are cheap junk phones – November 13, 2013
CIRP: Apple iPhone users are younger, richer, and better educated than those who settle for Samsung knockoff phones – August 19, 2013
iPhone users smarter, richer than Android phone users – August 16, 2011
Study: Apple iPhone users richer, younger, more productive than other so-called ‘smartphone’ users – June 12, 2009

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “BD” for the heads up.]


  1. The fragmentation issue can be taken care of with LineageOS, which is a fork of Android. The issue of the Google Play Store’s poor security can largely be resolved with F-Droid. Just download apps from big companies from Google Play and download the rest from F-Droid.

    1. Or …just get an iPhone.

      If people looked at all-in costs for their phone PLUS ANNUAL MOBILE SERVICE, they would realize that it is well worth any perceived device “price premium” to buy the most secure and best device out there: the iPhone.

      Think of it as really cheap insurance, if nothing else. Except it is much more than that.

  2. I play Ingress, and the only advantage Android has over iPhone for me is a passcode feature built in the game, which Apple doesn’t allow. Otherwise everything else works just fine for me. What exactly do I need Android for, anyway?

  3. If you read the referenced article, only two reasons, not several, are mentioned:
    1. Malicious Apps in the Google Play Store
    2. OS Fragmentation.

    As I mentioned earlier, problem #1 can be solved by judicious app installation and F-Droid, and problem #2 can be solved by LineageOS (fork of CyanogenMod). FYI, F-Droid is an app which only has open-source apps. Open-source software is advantageous because a developer isn’t going to make malicious open-source apps – because anyone can read the source code.

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