One Issue to Consider When Buying a Smartphone: Report Says Android Phones More Vulnerable to Hackers and Viruses

Jan 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

There’s another issue to consider besides apps and wireless reception when buying a smartphone: Google’s Android operating system is more vulnerable to viruses and hackers than Apple’s rival iPhone, reports Bloomberg, citing a report from Trend Micro Inc.

Google’s Android "allows hackers to understand the operating system’s source code and structure, according to Trend Micro Chairman Steve Chang. "We have to give credit to Apple, because they are very careful about it. It’s impossible for certain types of viruses” to work on the iPhone, Chang said, according to the story.

While Google allows developers to have access to Android for free, Apple approves every application before it is sold in its online store, the article notes.

In reply, Google said in a statement that all computing devices require users to "entrust at least some of their information to the developer of the application they’re using" and that "Android has taken steps to inform users of this trust relationship and to limit the amount of trust a user must grant to any given application developer.”

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