Apple iOS leading among corporate users, Android deemed most risky

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in iPhone edited January 2014


A new study on the use of mobile devices in corporate environments shows Apple's iOS overtaking RIM's BlackBerry in popularity, while third place Android is described as the "most risky" mobile platform in terms of security problems.



The report, published by security firm Check Point, surveyed 768 IT professionals in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Japan.



It described "extensive use" of mobile devices in corporate networks, noting that 89 percent of sites now support the use of devices such as smartphones and tablets.



The use of employee's personal devices on corporate networks is also growing, with, on average, 65 percent of companies surveyed officially allowing access to their employee's personally owned devices in addition to company-owned hardware.









Apple takes RIM's corporate crown



Apple's iOS accounted for 30 percent of mobile devices in use on corporate networks, narrowly beating RIM's BlackBerry devices at 29 percent. Third place Android represented 21 percent of users, just ahead of Windows Mobile/Windows Phone, which accounted for 18 percent.



In terms of security risks, however, Android was cited being the worst, with 43 percent calling out Google's mobile platform. Apple's iOS was deemed a security risk by 36 percent, while RIM's BlackBerry faired best with 22 percent ranking it a security risk.



Of all respondents, 71 percent agreed that the use of mobile devices in general were a contributing factor to the number of security incidents their organizations were facing. The leading cause for security concerns among mobile device use related to a lack of employee awareness.









Careless actions by employees were seen as being roughly three times as dangerous as the activity of "hackers," with 72 percent saying that employee errors posed a greater security threat to organizations than outside attacks.



However, other security risk factors related to platform itself, including insecure WiFi networking and web browsing, downloading of apps corrupted by malware, and a lack of security patches from service providers.

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  • Reply 1 of 27
    I've been using iOS for years, but just got a kindle fire (built on android), and you really can feel the difference in stability and security. Amazon has an official (but extremely limited) app store, so to find a larger selection of apps to install you have to search in the wild, google etc, and, truthfully, anything can be junk or a virus or something harmful, it's really impossible to know. It's not like on a PC where most everything you find is trusted and you have full control and virus protection.. I feel like the potential to exploit android or for users to mess up their devices is a real issue. It's only a matter of time before hackers and whatever start hitting phones with viruses and malware, and Android will certainly be the easiest target.
  • Reply 2 of 27
    But, but..... how can this be!? It's open! It does Flash! The screens are bigger! There's more choice! The processors are faster! The camera has more MPs! Apple is walled garden!



  • Reply 3 of 27
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    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    but, but..... How can this be!? It's open! It does flash! The screens are bigger! There's more choice! The processors are faster! The camera has more mps! Apple is walled garden!







    physical keyboards, even!
  • Reply 4 of 27
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,433member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    But, but..... how can this be!? It's open! It does Flash! The screens are bigger! There's more choice! The processors are faster! The camera has more MPs! Apple is walled garden!







    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    physical keyboards, even!



    And it can be rooted, and it can do all other kinds of fantastic, amazing things that 99% of the general smartphone-owning public couldn't give a rat's a$$ about.
  • Reply 5 of 27
    SAY NO TO Android = malware/spyware/virus
  • Reply 6 of 27
    just_mejust_me Posts: 590member
    Has there been any virus on BB, ios, android, or win7.5?
  • Reply 7 of 27
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    What kind of joke of a company would ever dare to use Android?



    Any employees that worked for me would immediately be fired if they tried to conduct any official company business using their Android phone, as those employees would be deemed incompetent fools who are introducing severe security risks to the firm.







    Android disgusts me and so do Fandroids. Can you believe that AT&T had the nerve to send me a physical letter offering me two free Android phones last week?
  • Reply 8 of 27
    just_mejust_me Posts: 590member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post


    What kind of joke of a company would ever dare to use Android?



    Any employees that worked for me would immediately be fired if they tried to conduct any official company business using their Android phone, as those employees would be deemed incompetent fools who are introducing severe security risks to the firm.







    Android disgusts me and so do Fandroids. Can you believe that AT&T had the nerve to send me a physical letter offering me two free Android phones last week?



    NSA for one



    Suspect Google and samsung all the other android oem



    http://news.techworld.com/security/3...on-of-android/
  • Reply 9 of 27
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Just_Me View Post


    NSA for one



    Suspect Google and samsung all the other android oem



    http://news.techworld.com/security/3...on-of-android/



    It seems like the Android that the NSA is using is a modified version and different than what everybody else has. And yeah, of course Android companies are using Android. I don't think too highly of either Google or Samsung.
  • Reply 10 of 27
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Just_Me View Post


    NSA for one



    Suspect Google and samsung all the other android oem



    http://news.techworld.com/security/3...on-of-android/



    all NSA wants is to install spyware on your shitty Android phone so they can spy on your ignorant a%$
  • Reply 11 of 27
    just_mejust_me Posts: 590member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post


    It seems like the Android that the NSA is using is a modified version and different than what everybody else has. And yeah, of course Android companies are using Android. I don't think too highly of either Google or Samsung.





    Samsung makes most of the internal parts used in apple products. Apple is trying to switch over to LG and other manufacturers but they cant deliver like Samsung.
  • Reply 12 of 27
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,712member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    But, but..... how can this be!? It's open! It does Flash! The screens are bigger! There's more choice! The processors are faster! The camera has more MPs! Apple is walled garden!







    Even the Woz says Android is better... but he still recommends iOS for some reason.
  • Reply 13 of 27
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    Originally Posted by Just_Me View Post


    Samsung makes most of the internal parts used in apple products. Apple is trying to switch over to LG and other manufacturers but they cant deliver like Samsung.



    There is no doubt Samsung is the best component manufacturer. Just like there is no doubt Google is the best search and maps option, Office is the best productivity option, and Amazon is the best shopping option. However, I do not want devices completely made by these companies. Apple is the one and only company that has perfected putting the whole package together, using other companies' pieces when needed.
  • Reply 14 of 27
    just_mejust_me Posts: 590member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hittrj01 View Post


    There is no doubt Samsung is the best component manufacturer. Just like there is no doubt Google is the best search and maps option, Office is the best productivity option, and Amazon is the best shopping option. However, I do not want devices completely made by these companies. Apple is the one and only company that has perfected putting the whole package together, using other companies' pieces when needed.



    I like Intel over Samsung. Intel has the best fab
  • Reply 15 of 27
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Just_Me View Post


    Samsung makes most of the internal parts used in apple products. Apple is trying to switch over to LG and other manufacturers but they cant deliver like Samsung.



    Yes, I'm well aware of the fact that Samsung is a supplier for Apple. I'm also aware that Samsung likes to shamelessly copy Apple's products.
  • Reply 16 of 27
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,012member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post


    Even the Woz says Android is better... but he still recommends iOS for some reason.



    Not on his meds that day?
  • Reply 17 of 27
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,012member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Just_Me View Post


    Samsung makes most of the internal parts used in apple products. Apple is trying to switch over to LG and other manufacturers but they cant deliver like Samsung.



    It's a crazy mixed up world. Apple and Samsung in a legal fight to the death ... Meanwhile Apple depend on Samsung for parts and Samsung rely on Apple to steal ideas from.
  • Reply 18 of 27
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post


    Even the Woz says Android is better... but he still recommends iOS for some reason.



    Woz said in some ways Android's voice command works better, in that it doesn't have to interact with Apple's servers the way Siri does for all it's commands. That's not a blanket 'Android is better' statement.



    I agree with him in that regard. I don't understand why Siri must have be able to connect to their servers to play a Beatles song on my iPhone. But since Siri is only in beta, maybe that's something that might be adjusted at a later point in time.
  • Reply 19 of 27
    just_mejust_me Posts: 590member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post


    Yes, I'm well aware of the fact that Samsung is a supplier for Apple. I'm also aware that Samsung likes to shamelessly copy Apple's products.



    Apple needs to cut all ties with Ssamsung if has any sense of principle. Sanding needs to also trying to copy apples looks of product
  • Reply 20 of 27
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post


    Even the Woz says Android is better... but he still recommends iOS for some reason.



    Not everyone cares about what Woz thinks.
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