If you own an Android phone or iPhone, you're 2.5 more times likely to accidentally download malware today than you were in January.
Let's take a look at the report that spurred this article (which Mr. Raby never actually linked to):
Android users are two and a half times as likely to encounter malware today than6 months ago and three out of ten Android owners are likely to encounter a webbased threat on their device each year.
The statement in which the "2.5 more times likely" comes from does not reference iPhone:
In just three short years since introducing the iPhone SDK in 2008, Apple boasts over 425,000 apps available for iOS devices. Seeing similarly explosive growth, the Android Market now contains over 200,000 apps after only a short period of time.
The study goes on to summarize the security features of the iOS platform:
In terms of app distribution, Apple’s App Store for iOS utilizes a curated app review model in which all apps submitted by developers go through a manual review process with restrictions based on policies regarding issues such as data collection, API usage, content appropriateness, and user interface guideline compliance. This model is designed with the assumption that apps will only be downloaded from Apple’s App Store, as some security restrictions are enforced during the review process but not necessarily enforced on the device itself.
The study clearly demonstrates the differences between the App Store and the Android Marketplace. The warnings about security and malware are almost entirely aimed toward the Android platform.
Taking this study and lumping in iOS (Or 'iPhones', as Mr. Raby says, as apparently iPad and iPod Touch don't exist) is pure an exercise in link-bating. The article is unfair, misinformed, misleading, and utterly useless. Another possible headline may read; "Those who live in Salt Lake City or Utah State Prison more likely to be assaulted by inmate armed with shiv fashioned from toothbrush."
So I guess if you have a Google Alert set up for "iphone malware" you'll get some stories about this, but please, Mr. Raby, next time try reading the study before posting.