If there’s one thing that iPhone fans love to tease Android fans about, it’s the perceived lack of security on Android devices. But AppleInsider points us to a new study from mobile security vendor Appthority showing that free iOS apps may actually be less secure than free Android apps when it comes to leaking user data. Overall, the study found that a greater percentage of the top 50 free iOS apps sent and received data without encryption than the top 50 free Android apps. What’s more, the study also found that the top 50 free iOS apps were more likely to have access to users’ contacts and calendar information, were more likely to employ location tracking and were more likely to rely on ad networks to generate revenue than the top 50 free Android apps.
Study: Free iOS Apps Leak More User Data Than Android Apps
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).