As I pointed out a few weeks ago, Android accounts for more than 97% of malware; and Apple, Blackberry and Windows phones together account for less than 1% of all malware. In fact, according to network security firm Fortinet, there have been only three cases of a malware-infected app making it into the Apple App Store since its launch in mid-2008. Those apps were removed from the app store once they were discovered. Given that there are around 1.2 million apps in the Apple App Store, having only three rogue apps slip through in six years is pretty amazing.
The article also points out is that there have been an additional eight malware sightings on jailbroken iPhones—devices on which Apple’s security features have been removed in order to download third-party apps. This means that, regardless of the few instances of malware that have been found in the App Store, iPhones are not 100% safe from malware. Continue reading