There’s always been a general perception that the Apple Store was more secure than Android’s Google Play Store.
Apple has a reputation for being pickier about which apps it permits in the store and many folks thought that meant that apps would not only be higher-quality, but also much safer.
But is that perception or reality? A new study says that Apple apps aren’t any safer than Android Apps. In face they may be slightly less safe.
The report from Checkmarx says that Apple vulnerabilities are also more likely to be critical than Android issues. A critical vulnerability is one that poses a measurable security risk and offers a direct exploit. That means the user doesn’t have to take any action to activate the bug.
According to the report: “Our statistics show that the distribution of vulnerability exposed by severity is almost identical between iOS and Android Applications with a slightly higher percentage of critical vulnerabilities in iOS applications.”
Forty percent of the vulnerabilities found in the Apple App Store were critical or high severity, while 36% of those found in Android were critical or high severity.
When you look at these vulnerabilities, more than half of them involve getting to your personal data.
Not a great showing for either operating system. The reason? According to Checkmarx, developers need to think more about multi-factor authentication before allowing certain actions to be performed on a device. That could be as simple as entering a pin code.
However, having to enter passwords and codes multiple times can be frustrating for consumers and many won’t take advantage of it when it’s offered.
They also think that app developers need to be better educated about building apps that prevent the infiltration of malware.