Woods: iPhones offer more security for its user

Zoë Woods

You might want to switch to an iPhone, if you haven’t already, because Android smartphones have weak software that can be infected with an bug.

That bug is called the Heartbleed Bug. According to heartbleed.com, “the Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library.”

The bug allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications. Hackers can steal data directly from the services and users as well as impersonate services and users, as stated on Heartbleed Bug’s website.

According to heartbleed.com, “the Heartbleed Bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software.”

So passwords won’t protect your financial information if you use your smartphone to do your online banking with an Android smartphone.

New data provided by The Guardian says that around 50 million Android smartphone users are susceptible to the bug.

Four million of those users reside in the United States. The 4.1.1 version of Android is what is making the phone vulnerable to the bug.

Not every Android user has the 4.1.1 version, but quite a few people do. Smartphones are used for many things like social media, emails, and even online banking.

Many of those things require passwords and security questions to help the user feel more at ease about their personal information.

However, the Heartbleed Bug make passwords useless and doesn’t provide any protection for the average Android user with the 4.1.1 version.

According to an article in Fox News, Google hasn’t released any concrete numbers as to how many Android phones are affected.

However, in an email to Digital Trends, Google representatives estimated “use of Android 4.1.1 to be at single digit percentages,” which could mean that anywhere from 20 to 100+ million devices are affected.

According Pew Research Internet Project, in todays society, 58 percent of American adults have a smartphone and 83 percent of those people are between the ages of 18 and 29.

As of May 2013, 63 percent of adult cellphone users say they use their phones to go online, as stated on Pew Research’s website.

Because there are so many smartphone users in the United States, it is important to be using the right phone.

Due to the fact that Android users are affected negatively by the hacking of the Heartbleed Bug, iPhones are the only way to go.

Fortunately for iPhone users, Apple doesn’t use the affected version of OpenSSL on its devices.

With that in mind, iPhones outweigh Androids on more than just security measures. iPhones lead the way with apps available to users.

According to a press release from Apple given in June, 2013, the iTunes Store has more than 900,000 apps available to users.

But thats not all, when it comes to size, iPhones also bypass Androids. iPhones are easier to carry, its portability allows for iPhone to beat out its Android competition.

If the cosmetics of the iPhone doesn’t sway you to get one or make you want to switch from and Android, hopefully the fact that Androids are highly susceptible to the Heartbleed Bug will.