Review On The Most Popular Mobile OS's Security And Privacy Issues
It is really imposible today to find a person who doesn't have a mobile phone. But today lots of people are moving to smartphones because they give us wide functionality in comparison with an ordinary mobile phones. But it is not a secret that those mobile gadgets are vulnerable and they contain lots of our sensitive data. They know where we are, they know the circle of our communication and they know what we are talking about. That's probably the main reason why smartphone's security is one of the primary features people pay attention to when choosing a new mobile device. That's why we at Jammer-Store Company have decided to write a short review on the security aspects of the most widely spread mobile operational systems.
That mobile OS was once one of the safest, but the whole situation has changed when the multitasking was presented. That feature has opened a wide variety of opportunities for viruses because multitasking has enabled viruses to run in the background and the fact of infection is hidden from the user. Also, jailbreak has weakened that OS's security even more. Statistic tells us that jailbroken devices are more vulnerable to various hacks due to the SSH service. That's the weakest spot in the whole iOS. SSH is used to modify the components of device's file system and it is the only way to install applications or other media on your device without an AppStore. So think twice before jailbreaking your iPhone.
Mobile OS from Microsoft is the leader among all the other operation systems in the quantity of mobile viruses that send SMS from your smartphone. Those malicious applications are dangerous because they not only gather your personal information, but they can harm your wallet too. They send messages to a short phone numbers with high tariffication. Another issue here is that Microsoft is rather slow in releasing updates and fixes. While most of mobile viruses are simply a ported versions of desktop viruses, antimalware apps are designed especially for mobile platform, that gives them some benefits.
That is a rather widely spread alternative to the previous OS's and it has lots of distinctive features in comparison with other mobile OS's. It is considered to be the safest OS because it is totally closed and its code is kept in secret. Another benefit of the OS from BlackBerry is that the company releases updates and fixes rather fast. The main disadvantage of such a closed platform is the fact that it is impossible to tune the device as you wish. Another negative feature of BlackBerry OS is a pretty modest quantity of applications in their App World.
As you probably know, Android OS is a property of Google Inc, but its code is totally open source and the OS itself is being developed and modified by a pretty big community of programmers. And open code has its advantages and disadvantages. Positive effect here is that it develops rather fast and there are a huge variety of modifications for the OS. Disadvantage here is that a huge variety of viruses are developed to use all the benefits of Android. Despite that Google tries to check all the apps in Google Play for viruses, there are still lots of malicious applications. Many people think that Android is the most vulnerable mobile OS, but that's not probably right. Android is a Linux-based system and the most vulnerable spot of the OS is the user himself. We'll try to explain why. All the applications that are installed on the mobile device has to receive permissions from the users to run and to make things they were written for. So, to launch a virus, you will have to allow his activity. Every app is asking for such permissions, and by looking at them you may recognize a virus. Malicious apps for Android usually ask permissions for unlimited Internet access, access to contacts and browsing history and sending SMS/dialing phone numbers. Those last two permissions are pretty dangerous, because using them viruses will be able to steal money from your account.
As a conclusion we may say that all mobile operation systems and platforms have their pros and cons, but the security of the mobile device depends usually on the user. So, what should be done to minimize you smartphone's vulnerabilities? Try not to install apps from untrusted sources, avoid public Wi-Fi networks and if your mobile device is already infected – use universal cell phone jammer and take the device to specialists. We hope that this review and recommendations will help you not only to save your personal information, but some money too!