Originally Posted by enjourni
lol. Your "insecure deployment platform" is also called the internet, which relies on downloading to do anything for anyone. Web pages? Downloaded. Email? Downloaded. Chat? Downloaded. Draconian security measures like locking out the entire internet are what they do in China. Here, I actually want to be able to run what I download.
What an ignorant statement and a real indication of why "computer science" in general is such a joke. Unfortunately your's is a common sentiment. Rather than throwing your hands up in despair, or trying to secure all content, how about looking for companies that design systems that are inherently secure due to diligent design decisions?
That's what iOS is.
And if you think the App Store keeps you safe, wait till hackers create poisoned apps that after you install bypass app store restrictions.
And as soon as they do, Apple pulls them and also recalls them from users phones. Yup, just like Google has, Apple has the ability to remove apps in just such a situation from users phones.
Unlike Google, Apple charges a nominal fee for developers to access the App store and also does some cursory vetting of said apps. Yes, someone could probably create malware for iOS, but there is a cost associated with each app created - and it's non trivial since you have to set up a new account which means a fake credit card, email, etc. plus the $100 fee which will add up quickly because, again, once detected the app can be removed not only from the store but from the entire ecosystem
This is where the cost/benefit for malware on iOS will be incredibly steep compared to Windows or Mac OSX. The entire iOS ecosystem is inherently unfriendly to the traditional malware that is overwhelming Windows and knocking at the gates of Mac OSX.
You are "saved" by using your mind and THINKING before you install something, not by apple putting you behind a walled garden.
And that's where you are wrong. Curation will win over "open" since not everyone can afford (nor desires) to be an expert in everything. As I outlined above, Apple's iOS ecosystem (walled garden as you try to label it derisively) is inherently malware resistant, and if it is proffered, it can be effectively removed from the iOS ecosystem as a whole.