Apple claims that iOS is more secure than Android, can we really believe it?
In a new 31-page document, Apple explained at length why iOS is more secure than Android, especially since it is impossible to sideload applications on its operating system.
In response to the European Commission’s digital markets bill, which could require iPhone apps to be sideloaded in Europe, Apple shared a detailed document highlighting the security and privacy risks of sideloading. The American giant claims that this practice ” cripple the privacy and security protections that made iPhone so secure, and expose users to serious security risks “.
However, this is a process authorized by other developers of mobile operating systems, such as Google on Android. For those who do not know, sideloading allows install apps on devices outside of official app stores, especially in the form of APK files.
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Android smartphones are less secure than iOS, according to Apple
Apple notes that over the past four years, Android devices have been found to have between 15 and 47 times more malware infections than iPhone. ” Mobile security threats are increasingly common, especially on platforms that support sideloading », Underlines the report.
However, sideloading is not a common practice on Android. It can be interesting to take advantage of an update in advance or install an application that is not available on the Google Play Store, but many users are satisfied with the official store.
If Europe were to force Apple to implement sideloading, it would damage one of Apple’s main sources of revenue, since the company collects a 30% share on most App Store sales. It is therefore not surprising to see the American giant not wanting to authorize it.
The App Store itself is not without its flaws, since sometimes malicious apps can bypass existing protections from the official app repository. Indeed, we could see that Apple had accidentally promoted fraudulent applications on the App Store. It was even possible to download an app that pays its users $ 250 per day to film crimes and crime scenes.