A surprising piece of news was floated today at the RSA conference in San Francisco.
Symantec executive Stephen Trilling said that as of right now, the iPhone may just be the safest smartphone on the market.
The reasoning is in fact down to something many people have critiicised Apple for; its controlling approach to the application ecosystem.Trilling argues that because Apple places such tight restrictions on what iOS applications can do, the company has also limited the reach of potentially hazardous applications.
Trilling makes an interesting point, and his suggestion might make even more sense in the coming years. Android is becoming increasingly popular and pulling in a very strong share of the market. The platform also touts itself on being more open and accessible to developers than iOS.
If malware writers are faced with developing software for iOS or developing for Android, in most cases they will go for the easier money, usually the platform that's accessed by more people and easier to write malware for.
It seems there are some real advantages to Apple's control-freak ways.
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