Android has always been somewhat considered a risky OS for mobile devices from a security perspective. But it's only really come to light over the past year or so, just how unsecure Android devices truly are. As examples, the FBI and DHS have warned agencies about using Android, and a recent review report from AV Comparatives suggests that security software is now a necessity for devices running Android.
In a blog post today, Microsoft is highlighting the recent FBI/DHS warning we covered for an obvious reason. If you take a look at the malware threat pie chart included in the government issued bulletin, you'll start to wonder why Windows Phone is not even listed, while Android commands almost 80%.
Microsoft took its lumps over security in the early 2000's and developed processes and policies to ensure security in their products. Microsoft understands security better than Google because they understand how security works in Enterprises. Businesses require secure products, and if it works for business it's going to work famously for consumers. Businesses utilizing BYOD are even having to construct separate policies for Android-based devices that are being used to connect with the corporate network. Android is just not ready for the Enterprise.
In Microsoft's blog post, Michael Stroh details the steps that have been taken to help protect the Windows Phone Store and its customers.
Read the details here: How Windows Phone guards against malware
Just like Microsoft had to stand in the corner of the ring and take the jabs and uppercuts from the industry and the public over security, it's now Google's turn. Microsoft changed their ways. Will Google?