The Best Mobile OS: Security Showdown

Mobile PhoneSmartphone security is fraught with peril. So few casual users realise they’re carrying a complete personal computer in their pocket – one that’s designed to connect to networks and transfer more data than their PC ever does.

Some commentators say that mobile vendors themselves aren’t taking security seriously. Electronic Frontier Foundation technology director Chris Palmer, who was also a former Android security framework engineer, said in a January 2011 blog post that mobile systems “lag far behind the established industry standard” for security.

But some might lag farther behind than others. Today, five mobile operating systems dominate the market. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you by looking at the advantages and disadvantages of each OS, and then ranking the systems from best to worst.

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