There is one aspect of Mac computers that Apple lovers have long boasted about for years. “They don’t get viruses! They aren’t attached by spyware! They aren’t infected by malware!” Although some individuals are going to say it is impossible (which it isn’t), the fact that Mac computers are less likely to become infected is true. There are several reasons behind this.
First off, although Mac as a brand sells a considerable amount of computers, PC based systems, with all the manufacturer’s combined, still produced a vast majority of all computers made and purchased. This means, a virus is going to be more effective on a PC, as more individuals use the system. On top of this, PCs allow for more programming and personalization, which leaves openings for further malware and other issues. With these two aspects, Mac computers are able to stay considerably safe online, without the fear of any viruses or malware. The same is quickly becoming the truth with smart phones.
Android is the Google based operating system that is free for everyone, and allows for significant personalization for developers, designers and users. It is also now found on more mobile devices than Apple’s iOS. This leaves Android to be extremely vulnerable to new malware. Like a Windows based PC, Android allows third party applications from a variety of outside sources, making it extremely easy for unwanted files to upload to the phone. This causes the phone to crash, slow down and potentially even stop working.
This is not the case on an Apple iPhone device. This is prevented by apple for two main reasons. The design of the device and iOS does not allow a considerable amount of manipulation (you are essentially, minus a few images, stuck with the overall design of the operating system), and furthermore, all applications must first be cleared by Apple, via the iTunes store, before the content is made available for download.
Unless Android wants to change how it functions (it won’t, is this is what made it such a popular operating system in the first place), malware is going to continue to be a problem with Android devices, and soon, a necessary application is going to be a virus and malware scanner. Like Windows computers, Android might eventually suffer because of it’s open design and software ability.