Malware and malware scanner apps to find malware. Windows PC users have both. Mac users do not. Sadly for 80-percent of the smartphone and tablet owners on planet earth, they have more of what Apple’s customers do not.
One reason many Windows PC customers switch to the Mac is malware. Not one Mac owner that I know worries about malware.
Not one of them uses any of the half dozen or so free malware scanner apps on their Macs. Why? What would it find?
Contrast that with most Windows PC users. Every PC owner I know has a malware scanner app or two and they run them regularly.
What about smartphones and tablets?
The battle there is much the same. While Windows may account for about 80-pecent of the PC industry’s marketshare, it accounts for nearly all the malware.
For owners of Android-based smartphones and tablets who also own Windows PCs, the story is like a sequel to a really bad movie.
Forbes pointed out recently that 97-percent of mobile malware is on Android devices. How many for Apple’s iOS devices?
Forbes correctly pointed out that apps from Google’s Play Store are safer than unregulated apps for Android devices from the rest of the world, and therein lies another problem.
Apple’s App Stores are havens for apps without malware, and the stores are available worldwide. Google’s Play Store isn’t even available for many, if not most, Android smartphones and tablets sold outside Google’s major markets.
Just like on Windows, a customer with an Android device can stay safe by using the proper precautions. Of course, the easiest way to avoid malware on a mobile device is to avoid using an Android device altogether.
Do a quick Google search on ‘Android malware’ and you’re treated with dozens of articles outlining the many problems customers encounter. Do a similar search for ‘iOS malware’ and you’ll get many articles which highlight the dearth of malware on iOS, or the dangers of using a jailbroken iPhone.
Malware clearly is a problem that Google has that Apple does not.