According to the “Mobile Threat Report 2012” by security research firm F-Secure, Android accounted for an alarming 79% of all malware in 2012, up from 66.7% in 2011 and just 11.25% in 2010.
iOS accounted for just 0.7% of malware on its platform, making it the least compromised mobile operating system. Nokia’s now defunct Symbian operating system, accounted for 19% of the malware.
While it’s not too surprising that the world’s most popular mobile operating system also topped the charts for the most number of malwares, the huge gap between Android and iOS, the second most popular mobile operating system should definitely be a worry for Google.
Interestingly, we found out about the report thanks to the tweet by none other than Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing who took a jab at Android by warning followers “be safe out there”.:
Be safe out there: http://t.co/40UbrWtE6R
— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) March 7, 2013
It is a little uncharacteristic for an Apple executive to openly poke fun at a competitor, but nevertheless a smart move to highlight one of the major issues with a competing platform.
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