Google believes Android is as secure as iOS
Google recently published its fourth annual year in review for Android’s security and looking through the comprehensive, 56-page report yourself there are various items you can see and determine whether they are legit.
Machine learning is playing a huge role in securing Android devices. Back in May, the company announced Google Play Protect, which is a one stop shop for Google’s suite of security services on Android. Machine learning found 60.3 percent of all potentially harmful apps within the Play store, and Google expects that number to continue increasing.
Android may be perceived as “less secure” than iOS but in 2016, the annual probability of downloading a potentially harmful app was at .04 percent, which is a pretty small number and in 2017 Google was able to reduce it to .02 percent which is pretty impressive.
Currently there are over two billion Android devices actively being used thus ensuring that they all have the most recent software with updated security features is a challenge. The report indicates that In 2017, Google increased the number of Android devices that received security patches by more than 30%. It’s still a problem, but clearly Google is making inroads into it.
Google is so happy with its current state of security for Android that David Kleidermacher, the head of Android security, has said that the mobile operating system is as safe as the competition, according to CNET. Google pays people to hunt down bugs within Android software, and because it’s an open-source project, it has people invested in finding flaws and patching them. According to the report, Google’s team believes that it’s more effective at security than a similarly sized closed-source project, such as iOS.
iOS for the most part is a closed environment so the security on the device is fairly stronger then what Google is telling us. Google’s play store allows almost any application to be installed and ready for others to download. The question is who do you trust more Google or Apple ?