Android vs. iOS Security Features

Differences Between the Security Features of the Android and the iOS

Android and iOS are the leading and most used operating systems in the world. It is therefore very important that they have good security features so that products that use them are safe.


What are the Security Features of the Android?

Google doesn’t monitor apps that are uploaded in the Android market, which they claim to lead to innovation. However, in case malicious apps are accidentally downloaded, they built an app removal feature. They also prevent malicious apps by verifications and permissions from the user. Androids are very strict when it comes to lock codes. Unlike other phones that don’t require passwords when they have been asleep for only a short while, Androids require them every time the phone needs to be accessed. This can be irritating, however, and may lead to feature disabling.

What are the Security Features of the iOS?

The iOS has a geo location, which comes in handy when you lose your iPhone. By combining with MobileMe, it can easily pinpoint the location of your phone. It also has auto erase, wherein you can ask Apple to erase private data on your phone if it gets lost. Data can also be erased by 10 failed passcode attempts on a lock code. Accidentally erased data can also be retrieved through the backup information located on the desktop. iOS also has data encryption wherein it can encrypt confidential corporate data. This feature, however, is only available for users that password-protect their device. Furthermore, the iOs has 4 layers of OS. This means that apps cannot directly access the hardware.


For apps to appear in Apple’s App Store, the developer has to be registered and must pay an annual fee. Apple also claims to disallow malicious and inappropriate apps in order to keep their good image. However, we all know that this is not always the case.


In brief:

  • Androids are not strict when it comes to their app stores but are very strict when it comes to lock codes.
  • iOS has a lot of security measures like multilayer protection and remote wipe that the Android OS might want to use in their future versions.