White Hat Hacker with over 15 years of expertise dubs Windows Phone as the most secure mobile platform, and Android to be the most unsafe of the lot.
Microsoft’s mobile platform has been rather criticized for its lack of novelty in terms of apps and features, though at least there’s some respite for Windows Phone as an experienced hacker claims that it’s ‘the toughest nut to crack.’
In an interview with What Mobile, White Hat hacker Steve Lord who has over 15 years of expertise gave his insights as to which mobile operating system is the most secure. According to him, all mobile operating systems currently available in the market have their ups and downs, though he thinks Windows Phone is most secure of them all.
“Currently Windows Phone seems to be the hardest nut to crack. Blackberry has a long history of being very security-focused. If I have physical access to the device, I find Android’s usually the easiest target.“Then comes iPhone, then older versions of BlackBerry. If it’s over a network or I have to attack via email or message, Android’s usually the softest target.”
Despite the availability of features and apps on the Android platform, the OS is undeniably the most insecure of the lot. Google often finds new security flaws every month, and despite the company informing Android OEMs of these vulnerabilities, few are willing to take evasive actions and push security updates to affected devices. Steve says that Cyanogen OS is the safest on Android smartphones, and further adds that users should opt for Nexus-branded devices as they are the ones who get security updates regularly.
Lord also seems rather impressed with older versions of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. He believes it is much safer to use a ‘classic dumb phone’ and advises if one opts to use an older device, get an older BB10-based BlackBerry or a Windows Phone running Windows Phone 8 or newer.
Though we would rather take the above claims with a bit of skepticism given the meager market share of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, which apparently makes the platform less appealing to hackers. With a market share of just about 3 percent, it is pretty obvious Windows Phone is a lame proposition for hackers as they can spend the same amount of time hacking into some other platform that commands a substantially larger user base.
To get more of Steve’s insights on mobile security, make sure you check out the full interview in the source link given below.