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Google's Android vs. Apple's iPhone: Which is More Secure?

Dec 03, 2007, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Van Wyk)

"I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict Google's Android mobile phone platform is going to prove itself to be more secure than Apple's iPhone in the long run. Let's take a closer look.

"But first, I have to explain the basis for this preliminary comparison--Android handsets, after all, are not yet shipping, while we all know the iPhone is readily available in several parts of the world. Comparing them now really is a case of comparing apples and oranges, no pun intended. So that really just leaves me with having to compare them via their design features and user reports.

"Further, Android's design is open to scrutiny, while iPhone's inner workings are closed and proprietary. That said, much has been written about both, and I'm going to base my comparison on what I've been able to find publicly documented, except where otherwise noted.

"So, with that pretty significant set of caveats out of the way, let's dive in..."

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