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Android phones and security

dale_101798 3,702 608 August 3, 2015 at 09:57 AM
According to a How to Geeks article Apple devices are more secure that Android and they explain why here [howtogeek.com]

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Well this thread will get heated I imagine.

Apple does make a generally very secure device and the update system is arguably better. However the article is heavily biased. Most android devices do actually get security updates, it just can take a little while. Google has also spun off some key components that they can update directly if part of the play store. 3rd parties have taken care of the text bug that go everyone is worried about right now. In general alot of security stories in the last 2 years try to blow up by giving your exploit a good name and logo. Media runs rings with it.

We have seen Google slowly move to a less open approach and as they do this gets a bit better. Google can't assume all the rights of patching just due to the nature of the platform. So many different people have their hands in the mix and have to test. With Apple they control it all so it's easier to manage.

Apple isn't without fault too, (GoToFail probably the most high profile) they are generally slower to respond and quite until they have a patch. The patches don't tell what was patched, it's very much a trust us thing. When they do have an update ready though it is much easier to push them out.

HowToGeek isn't exactly the source for security news either. Think of them more like USAToday written to a 6th grade audience.
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And yet an iPhone can be completely shutdown by receiving a specific phrase with Arabic characters in it.

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so you're from the armpit of CA huh OP?
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
Well this thread will get heated I imagine.

Apple does make a generally very secure device and the update system is arguably better. However the article is heavily biased. Most android devices do actually get security updates, it just can take a little while. Google has also spun off some key components that they can update directly if part of the play store. 3rd parties have taken care of the text bug that go everyone is worried about right now. In general alot of security stories in the last 2 years try to blow up by giving your exploit a good name and logo. Media runs rings with it.

We have seen Google slowly move to a less open approach and as they do this gets a bit better. Google can't assume all the rights of patching just due to the nature of the platform. So many different people have their hands in the mix and have to test. With Apple they control it all so it's easier to manage.

Apple isn't without fault too, (GoToFail probably the most high profile) they are generally slower to respond and quite until they have a patch. The patches don't tell what was patched, it's very much a trust us thing. When they do have an update ready though it is much easier to push them out.

HowToGeek isn't exactly the source for security news either. Think of them more like USAToday written to a 6th grade audience.
can you explain how 3rd parties are addressing the text bug? I haven't been keeping up... thanks.
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can you explain how 3rd parties are addressing the text bug? I haven't been keeping up... thanks.
I use Textra and they say to have a fix in place. Not sure how they are doing it or if it works.
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I use Textra and they say to have a fix in place. Not sure how they are doing it or if it works.
Interesting. Will be good to get a patch from Google soon, although I'm not too concerned because I disabled "auto-retrieval" in my Note 4 SMS settings, and for hangouts only people whom I have approved are allowed to send me messages so strangers can't randomly send me stuff.

Peace of mind though will be good when it's finally patched.
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