‘Be safe out there’- an innocuous, tenderhearted tweet from Apple’s Phil Schiller to Android users, has become the new talking point in the tech-world.
Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing is well-known for mocking its competition through digital media. Previously, he had tweeted how Instagram had jumped to shark by integrating with Android. Now, he’s again pointing at a raging issue for Android- the number of malicious apps.
The tweet is linked with a report from F-Secure that exposes the weak resilience of Android on the security frontier. The document has already been viewed thousands of times, and if you want to have a look at it, it’s attached at the bottom of the article.
Just to give you a quick update on what the report is all about- Well, the report mentions the growth of Android malware in recent times. According to the report, Android malware grew by more than 79 percent last year. In the last quarter of 2012 alone, 96 new families of malware and its other variants were discovered. The report also mentions that only 0.7% of the total discovered malware threats are linked to Apple’s iOS.
The report concludes that iOS is the world’s most secure operating system, along with BlackBerry, and Android comes nowhere near the top spot.
At a time when Google’s Android is gaining more impetus in the market than Apple’s iOS, Apple execs are showing people the alternate reality.
However, if you leave the number’s game aside, and think logically, this numbers make little sense. Studies have shown that if an average Android user exhibits a little common sense, he can immune himself from malicious threats. Most of these threats are injected into apps that are hosted on third-party app stores or websites. Unless you’re downloading cracked games, you’re safe from such threats. The amount of harmful threats on Google’s Play Store and Amazon store is scarce. Google has already taken appropriate measures to mitigate harmful content on its Play Store and is accusing anti-virus companies of hyping the actual situation for monetary gains.
And most importantly, an average user does not go beyond popular apps like Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds, and YouTube. The needs of an average user are minimal, and hence, we do not think that the growth of malicious apps on Android affects an average Android user. That’s the reason we believe that the sardonic ‘mocking’ from Apple’s top exec is impalpable.
What do you think about the tweet?