Originally Posted by pdq2
Bottom line, I suppose if you stick exclusively to the Google Play store, you'll probably be okay (although not always, as this article points out). But that kind of kills the "open vs walled garden" Android vs iOS argument, doesn't it?
If you never leave your house, you are statistically much less likely to get run over by a bus. Obviously people that leave their homes are at risk and nowhere near as safe as those who see the wisdom in remaining locked indoors.
Apple fans tend to want to blow any Android ill way out of proportion to reality. Android fans tend to do the same to all things Apple. Both are very secure overall, but have their flaws.
If you look at all they hyped up malware articles here, the general rule is they usually apply to a small subset of devices, and of those devices they actually apply to an even much smaller subset of people are affected, and of those affected an even smaller subset actually incur any harm.
When dealing with Android, an avid Apple fan such as EricTheHalfBee would be likely to argue that whether or not anyone actually incurs harm is irrelevant- it is clearly junk because the vulnerability is there. But would he apply the same standard to Apple? When there is a breach in iOS, the downside to the walled garden is everyone is the same and usually 100% of devices are affected. Consider the recent MITM attack vulnerability exposed on iOS devices. Way overblown by Android enthusiasts and poo-poo'd by Apple fans. But 100% of iOS users were at risk. By Eric's definition, regardless of whether actual harm can be shown, iOS is clearly 100% infected and completely unsafe! So which is worse, putting a spotlight on one case of software with malicious potential that in the end affected 50 users (but there are many such cases), or tens of millions of iOS users all being prone to MITM attacks?
Your answer is most likely to depend on which side of the Android or Apple side of the argument you choose to be on- if you've chosen a side. If avoiding Malware were difficult on either platform, people would stop using it.