Tim Cook claims Android has 47 times more malware than iOS

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Tim Cook claims Android has 47 times more malware than iOS

Google's Android mobile operating system has 47 times more malware than iOS, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Cook recently gave a remote interview at the VivaTech conference on topics like privacy and security.

Apple has been criticised for its "walled garden" approach to its ecosystem, which forces users to download apps, perform in-app purchases, and sign up for subscriptions via Apple's own App Store.
 

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Tim Cook claims Android has 47 times more malware than iOS

Google's Android mobile operating system has 47 times more malware than iOS, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Cook recently gave a remote interview at the VivaTech conference on topics like privacy and security.

Apple has been criticised for its "walled garden" approach to its ecosystem, which forces users to download apps, perform in-app purchases, and sign up for subscriptions via Apple's own App Store.
I'd love to see a Venn diagram of the 'muh free market!' folks who live the let-the-market-decide life, and folks who are upset that the market has demonstrable decided it's cool with the way Apple does business.
 

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How does the apple guy cook up that stat? Prove it?
He is using old data.

Cook also claimed that Android has 47 times more malware than iOS. The Apple CEO didn’t cite a source for the claim, but a 2019 Nokia report found that Android was responsible for 47% of detected malware infections versus under 1% for iPhones. However, detected malware infections on Android fell to 26.6% according to the 2020 report, while iPhones rose to account for 1.7% of observed infections. So Cook’s quoted figure isn’t accurate if he indeed cited the old Nokia report. Nevertheless, what’s the reason for this apparent discrepancy?
 

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Umm so iOS had 3 in 2020 and Android has 47% more so Android had 4.4 malwares?
 
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marketing stunt
for his crappy os that everything starts with pay apple to....
 
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Well makes sense if you think about it. The majority of computer viruses have been written for Windows because it's the dominant OS used worldwide (Linux fanbois, chill for a minute). Hackers cba writing for Mac because the yield is simply too small.

Android dominates the smartphone OS market, so the same logic would apply.
 

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Because it's 47 times more popular?
No.
Apps get properly reviewed BEFORE Apple releases them to the App Store and that is the only way apps get on an iPhone.
So no malware on the Apple App Store
 

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Well makes sense if you think about it. The majority of computer viruses have been written for Windows because it's the dominant OS used worldwide (Linux fanbois, chill for a minute). Hackers cba writing for Mac because the yield is simply too small.

Android dominates the smartphone OS market, so the same logic would apply.

Absolutely.. Talking about Ms Windows, most big companies' employees have Windows machines, so if a hacker could get into a Windows machine, it could potentially attack a whole company network, where as MacOS and Linux (ignore Linux servers for now) are mostly used by individuals.

Hence, which is why companies have to spend an absurd amount on their internal IT Security and lock employees computers to the bone where all they can basically do is open up MS Word.
 

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No.
Apps get properly reviewed BEFORE Apple releases them to the App Store and that is the only way apps get on an iPhone.
So no malware on the Apple App Store
You're delusional if you think that lol. https://www.macrumors.com/2021/05/07/xcodeghost-malware-2015-128-million-ios-users/

Back in 2015, a malware-infected version of Xcode began circulating in China, and malware-ridden "XcodeGhost" apps made their way into Apple's App Store and past the ‌App Store‌ review team.

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There were more than 50 known infected iOS apps at the time, including major apps like WeChat, NetEase, and Didi Taxi, with up to 500 million iOS users potentially impacted. It's been a long time since the XcodeGhost attack, but Apple's trial with Epic is surfacing new details.

Trial documents highlighted by Motherboard indicate that a total of 128 million users downloaded apps with the XcodeGhost malware, including 18 million users in the United States.
 

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Tim can Cook an cRapple for extra statistics...

Some people prefer Android. Others prefer Apple.

So what? Whatever works for you, go for it.

OS wars have come and gone. Cellphone wars have come and gone. Now it's Apple vs Android. So what. Just another storm in a teacup.
 
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