Mobile device applications are abundant with both Apple and Android reporting about700,000 apps available for each of their platforms at the end of 2012 (Bradshaw, 2012). With the rise of mobile apps comes the rise of malware, but Android malware is increasing at much higher rates than is Apple iOS. Malware for Android increased by 350 percent in 2012 (Trend-Micro, 2012). Just over 99 percent of all malware detected in 2012 was written for Android, with less than 1 percent from the other platforms (Kaspersky, 2013).The Apple iOS security model is safer than the Android model primarily because of the way Apple restricts users, vendors, and manufactures that Google does not. Apple restricts users to only installing apps from the iTunes market and there is only one assembler for its equipment.
This is opposite of Google’s Android platform, where users can download apps from any market and equipment comes from many vendors and is offered by many carriers. Restriction versus freedom is the fundamental difference in Apple’s and Google’s platforms, both of which have their advantages and disadvantages. One major difference is application development and market submission. Applications developed for Android can be submitted and made available on the Google Play market or through third-party markets. Applications developed for iOS can IMCS 22,1 102 only be officially made available through Apple’s App Store. Apple has a very strict vetting process for its developers and its applications. This ensures better security, but takes longer to get apps to the market. Google has a relaxed vetting process, which leads to quicker releases of apps, but less strict security.
This is the primary reason for the major increase in malware in Android apps. Google has attempted to better vet their developers for the Google Play market, but their process is still inferior to Apple’s (Greenberg, 2012).