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iPhone and iPad are Significantly Safer than Android devices, McAfee Report shows

A new report from McAfee warns Android users that their preferred operating system is way behind Apple's iOS and others when it comes to mobile security.

Android attracted almost double the amount of malware than all the other mobile operating systems counted together in the second quarter, the McAfee 'Securing Mobile Devices' report reveals.

Besides Android with 63% of the malware attacks, Java ME attracted a large chunk with 20%, with Symbian (7%) and BlackBerry (6%) the victims of a similar amount of malware.

Apple on the other hand, has managed to keep its operating system pretty safe, with iOS devices accounting for no more than just a few percent of malware. Apple keeps its environment secure by applying tighter controls than its rivals.

One way it does this is by restricting how users can download apps for iOS devices, which is only through Apple's App Store or through Mobile Device Management. The App Store is also well controlled and developers have to follow strict requirements and a severe submission process before they can get their apps into the App Store.

Some threats do still manage to make their way onto iOS devices (which are often seized upon by the tech media), but at a slower rate.

On the other hand, the Android environment is more open with Google encouraging developers to submit more apps, which has lead to an explosion in the number of apps available; the downside is that Android has become more vulnerable to threats.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.