You don’t have to be around computers very long before you hear the word Symantec. The security company is responsible for the popular Norton AntiVirus software suite, among several other utilities.

Like the rest of the PC world, Norton is trying to stay relevant in wake of a huge industry swing towards mobile products. So the security firm recently did some research on the different ways that Android and iOS handle security methods. Guess who wins?

The 23 page document entitled “A Window Into Mobile Device Security” concluded that iOS was much more secure than its Google counterpart. In fact, Apple’s mobile platform was found to be more secure than Android in all but 1 category.

The report attributed much of iOS’ safety to Apple’s stringent App review process and enclosed ecosystem. That’s not hard to believe considering Google barely screens Android applications before admitting them to the Market.

But iOS wasn’t perfect by any means. Symantec’s study exposed 200 vulnerabilities in the 4-year-old software, including some that date back to the device’s inception. These security holes led to administrator-level access in iOS, where user data is exposed.

Although iOS appears to be fairly safe, it’s important to remember that jailbreaking strips away some of those levels of security. If you want to maintain a secure device after jailbreaking, make sure to change your default root password.

Have you ever had any viruses or malware on your iDevice?


  • iphoneuser16

    nope i have 5 iDevices and, till date virus,malware, etc!

    Way to go iOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Funked

    I’ve never had malware or viruses on any of my iDevices. It’s true that jailbreaking is literally hacking the device’s security, but jailbreakers are doing Apple a huge favour. Each time an exploit is found, and we use it to our advantage, Apple steps up to patch it so evil hackers can’t touch our precious data 🙂 we are making iOS the most secure mobile platform!

    • Igeek1218

      Very true

    • Igeek1218

      Very very true

    • huw

      they also take allot of tweaks from cydia and implement them into iOS, and they also take stuff from apps, camera+ on a previous version had the ability to take pictures in the app with the volume keys apple banned the app saying it was misuse of the hardware and would allow the app back up once the volume snap feature was removed, and now taking pictures with volume buttons is in iOS 5 listed as one of there new innovative features

  • SRUm1sh

    No, never.

  • Vitaliy

    nope, neverr

  • bob

    lets get a list of the 200 exposed vulnerabilities and send it to the hackers to enable more jailbreaks in the future.

    • That’s what I’m saying. Funny how when most folks hear “vulnerabilities” they get nervous. But I’m thinkin vulnerabilities, alright we got a chance.

  • no never

  • Age


  • Hari

    This is what makes the big difference “The report attributed much of iOS’ safety to Apple’s stringent App review process and enclosed ecosystem.”. This is a false sense of security, just like it is for Mac OS X. Read this article titled “OS X – Safe, yet horribly insecure”, it is eye opening (even I don’t agree with some of the points):

    • Hari

      Before someone says, it is about OS X, not iOS, what I wanted to point out from the article is about Apple’s attitude towards security, which should reflect in all their products.

  • Michael

    The very very few iPhones (I mean 20 at the most) who got worms because they were jailbroken, had OpenSSH installed, never turned it off, didn’t change their root passwords, and connected to an unsecured public Wi-Fi network where a hacker could easily connect to the iPhone through OpenSSH, and get superuser-access if the user hadn’t changed its default root password (which is “alpine”(without quotes)).

    If you don

  • Michael

    t have OpenSSH installed, or you have changed your root password, then you for no worries.

  • Michael

    Sry for double post

  • MrA

    never ever

  • No problems with IOS 4, but then again I changed the password (obvious) and changed the hostfile
    (was 236 Bytes – is now 294 KBytes)

  • Agree with u sebastien