The winner is iOS.
Apple has been meticulously reviewing apps for malware since the
beginning, while Android is now playing catch-up.
What you need to know:
There are some things you need to do to keep your mobile device secure from
When security is your top concern, but you dont want to worry
about it all the time, get an iPhone or iPad.
Apples iOS is still inherently safer and security updates come regularly to
all devices more often than they do for Android (especially the older
If your preference is Android over iOS, buy a Google Nexus
device which gets updated more quickly than any other Android
products. Those updates include security patches for older versions of the OS.
As of April 2015, the devices currently available are the Nexus 6 smartphone
(made with Motorola Mobility), Nexus 9 tablet (made by HTC), and Nexus Player
digital media player (made by Asus).
Since most Android devices dont get prompt updates, security
software may catch virus attacks on unprotected devices.
To decide on an Android AntiVirus package, check the frequently updated
results on independent research site AV-Test.org.
Watch the Video:
"Secure Your Smartphone"
Theres no point running AV on iOS devices. The sandboxing
restraints are so stringent that security software isnt able to do much to
further protect the system; and only Apple's App(*)
Store approved apps can run.
The bottom line: The mobile security situation is looking up.
Mobile Devices are still much less likely than computers to get attacked and
infected. And Android is finally catching up to the kinds of strict security
measures that Apple has had for years.
Its just not quite there yet.
For the utmost in safety, Apple products remain the best choice.