iOS / BlackBerry 10 / Windows 8 / Android

How Secure Are the Various Mobile Operating Systems?

iOS / BlackBerry 10 / Windows 8 / Android

If you use a smartphone or tablet, you are probably familiar with the four most popular operating systems (OS) for tablets: Android, Apple, Windows 8, and Blackberry. All of these have their strengths and weaknesses, and they also have their own levels of security. Let’s take a look at the most secure smartphones and tablet OSs.

Windows 8

Windows 8 comes with several security features built-in to the software that are ready to go. Windows Defender is an antivirus protection that alerts you if an action is required to protect your computer, and automatically update the latest security features. A new phishing filter was also added to avoid scams. Windows 8 also allows you to lock your data and devices with a password so you’re the only one who can access them. You can even monitor your children’s online activities, block certain websites, and select which games and apps your kids can use. With all of this protection, Windows 8 is one of the most secure OSs for mobile devices.

Android

Android is a truly open mobile platform, and therefore provides protection to all users of the platform while ensuring a flexible, open platform. It has both fine-tuned security features for tech-savvy users, as well as built-in safety defaults for those no not tech-savvy. Android was specifically designed to reduce attacks from malware, social engineering attacks, and attacks on third-party apps. It also greatly reduces the impact if any such attack does make its way through to your device. For added security, you can also sign up for LifeLock to ensure you’re secure from identity theft.

Blackberry 10

Blackberry has several security apps to protect your devices. You can wipe a lost device from the Cloud, remotely backup your device’s information, transfer all of your information from a lost device to a new one, and use your Blackberry ID to prevent thieves from disabling your protection. You can also set up privacy protection and protect your data and browser cookie information, protect your device from malware attacks from third-party apps, and encrypt data both on the device and in the Cloud to prevent hackers from finding your passwords and logging into your programs.

Apple iOS

Apple has added a built-in, cloud-based password manager to reduce security risks and improve your experience, with one password sync all of your devices. Apple has also added activation locks, which render stolen devices tied to the Cloud unusable. Gatekeeper technology also prevents users from installing apps from suspicious sources.
However, this prevents users from installing apps from outside the iTunes app store. Although these new features may protect users better, they may also impede what they can do with their devices. Therefore, it’s not necessarily the best OS for mobile devices.

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