December 10, 2016

Trend Micro’s Chairman Says iOS is More Secure Than Android. But Is He Right?

Trend MicroThe chairman and one of the founders of Trend Micro, the Japanese Security and Anti-Virus company, has revealed in a recent interview that he believes that the Android platform is more susceptible to attacks than Apple’s iOS.

Speaking to Bloomberg Chang said “Android is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code”. Which seems to be the exact opposite of what Google have found with its Chrome web browser and its reward program.

In contrast Chang says that Apple’s sandbox in iOS “isolates the platform, which prevents certain viruses that want to replicate themselves or decompose and recompose to avoid virus scanners”.

His comments come just after the launch of Trend Micro’s Mobile Security for Android. The $3.99 app can block viruses, malicious programs and unwanted calls. Are Chang’s comments just good marketing or does he have a point? Leave your comments below.

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  1. Being closed source doesn’t make an application more secure. That just means your program is limited to the experience of programers you have in your employment. It is true that Open source can be examined by attackers but there is nothing stopping an attacker from reverse engineering a closed source software. The fact that the software is open also mean it get more exposure to programers with a variety of experience unlike closed source applications. If you do a little searching you will find that IOS is just as exploitable as Android, i would also like to point out that android implements sandboxes.