There has been a lot of uproar, especially since the Epic vs Apple legal saga, about Apple not allowing direct or third-party downloads. app stores the access on the iPhone, something called a side download. Downloading apps is a fairly common practice on Android smartphones. “Supporting data transfer via direct downloads and third-party app stores would cripple the privacy and security protections that have made the iPhone so secure and would expose users to serious security risks,” argues Apple.
iPhone vs Android: which is more ‘secure’
In the report, Apple states that “over the past four years, Android devices were found to have 15 to 47 times more malware infections than iPhones.” The perception that iPhones They are “more secure” than Android is not really a perception, but it is true on many levels. However, it is not as if the iPhone is Fort Knox and no one can infiltrate it. But it is certainly considered safer by cybersecurity researchers.
How Cybercriminals Attack Smartphones
Some of the most common mobile malware affecting smartphone users are adware, ransomware, and spyware, which are often rogue applications but mislead smartphone users. Apple explains that “cybercriminals often reach their targets through social engineering or supply chain attacks and sometimes use popular social media to spread scams and attacks.” This is where Apple argues that third-party app stores or direct downloads are a major factor in spreading malicious apps. “The sheer amount of malware and the resulting security and privacy threats in third-party app stores shows that they don’t have enough investigation procedures to check for apps that contain known malware, apps that violate user privacy, copycat apps , applications with illegal or objectionable content, and insecure applications aimed at children ”, explains the company.
Apple acknowledged that fraudulent or malicious applications enter the App store as well, but you can remove it once discovered and block any of its future variants, thus stopping its spread to other users. This is something Google it does too. Apple says that “if downloading from third-party app stores were allowed, malicious apps would simply migrate to third-party stores and continue to infect consumer devices.”