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How to Protect your Mobile Device from Security Threats

The Android operating system owns nearly 90% of the smartphone market, although, its popularity comes at a price: more vulnerability.

According to an experiment by Statista, Android's operating system had the highest number of vulnerabilities in 2016. This means that Android was much more prone to a software glitch that could lead to hacker attacks than its competitors, including Apple's iOS which saw only a third of the number of vulnerabilities of Android.

This result is a huge reversal from last year - Android OS saw only 125 vulnerabilities while Apple’s iOS had 387.

As much as Android have been working to fix the problem, fixing a security fault within an Android phone is a difficult feat, due to each component in each model of phone being fragmented into different companies, including Qualcomm, who create the internal components of the phone, which is where the security fault lies.

As well as the hardware, the software is complex - there are lots of different versions of the operating system, only 15% of users are on the most recent Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, and nearly one third of consumers are on Android 4.4 KitKat which is now three years old.

This means that security updates take a while, if ever, to get to all phones.

In comparison, a security problem within Apple’s iOS is easily fixed because Apple control their hardware and software so closely to their core business, and update their operating system frequently.

To put your mind at rest, we can offer McAfee Device Security licences for your business. This software guards your company mobile devices against viruses and online threats, allows you to remotely locate your devices and adds call, text and email filtering, to prevent spam.

The McAfee license protects up to 5 devices for just £3 a month. Cost excludes VAT.

For more information on McAfee, please do not hesitate to contact our team on 01892 835522 or email support@activedigital.co.uk.

Posted on 22 January 2017
By Gemma Rolando