According to security software maker Trend Micro, Apple's iPhone trumps Google's open-source Android platform when it comes to viruses.
"Android is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code," Steve Change, chairman of Trend Micro, said in an interview with Bloomberg. "We have to give credit to Apple, because they are very careful about it. It's impossible for certain types of viruses" to operate on the iPhone.
Chang believes Android users will spend more on security software for mobile devices, and of course Trend Micro sells a a $3.99 app that promises to protect Android devices. And what about an app for the iPhone?
"Apple has a sandbox concept that isolates the platform, which prevents certain viruses that want to replicate themselves or decompose and recompose to avoid virus scanners," Chang said.