Security has become an issue in the smartphone world of lightning speed advancements and a market that encourages quick, competitive releases and updates. This may put all our smartphones at a higher risk for security attacks.
USA Today recently reported that cyberattacks and viruses that usually target computers are making their way to smartphones too. Google has recently intercepted over 25 corrupted apps found in its popular Android market; they contained viruses meant to hack into the phone. The intercept came after over 125,000 people had already downloaded and used the apps.
For iPhone and iPad users, there is good news, as hackers have only lightly probed the app store. Apple’s screening process for developer’s apps is much more extensive and provides more security. The Android market has fewer restrictions on developers, who essentially can post any type of app without much of a vetting process. Google relies on users to provide feedback before dealing with any app issues.
This is a good lesson for Apple, as they will need to continue to keep a close eye on app security. The app store system is good, but not perfect and some predict iDevices will eventually become a target.