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Rick Holly

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Google chair, Eric Schmidt, recently raised eyebrows and also got a few unintentional laughs when he recently stated Google’s Android platform is more secure than Apple’s iPhone. His remarks came in the course of a question-and-answer session at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, according to ZDNet. A Gartner analyst said to Schmidt that most people in the in the audience would not name Android as their primary platform and went on to note the operating system's notorious security problems. Schmidt said the following in his interview:

Not secure? It's more secure than the iPhone.
According to reports, Schmidt didn’t provide any further details on these remarks, instead going on to cite Android’s billion-strong activation numbers. This figure, he claimed, led to considerable real-world security testing. When the Gartner analyst again raised the issue toward the end of the session, Schmidt remained firm and gave the same response.

Over the years, Google has built new security features into its mobile platform but the number of malware attacks on Google’s operating system continues to grow. Apple’s iOS platform comparatively accounts for a small percentage of attacks, partly due to Apple’s strict control over the apps that are published in its App Store.

The enterprise segment in particular has noted that security gap and Apple continues to grow in the sector despite Android’s overall mobile market share lead. The addition of Touch ID, the iPhone 5S’ built-in biometric scanner, is seen by some as a means of expanding Apple’s security lead. 

How do you feel about Eric Schmidt’s statement about Android being more secure than the iPhone?

Source: ZDNet

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