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Friday, 9 February 2018

The shame table of security updates on Android and iOS

Calling us CP, you can probably think that in our case we will always prefer Apple. Well, although I personally choose Apple because I think your iPhone or iPad are the best in their respective markets, we try to be objective when evaluating everything .

So, surely you have read our constructive criticism about HomePod or all that Siri must improve. However, we still believe that despite the bugs of iOS 11 or the batterygate , Apple and its iOS environment continue to offer us more than Android in aspects related to fluency, stability, security and intuitiveness.

Of the 4 areas mentioned, today we want to specifically focus on security, which in turn includes several sections. But we will focus on one in which Apple continues to sweep by a landslide : security updates.

For this we take as a reference a post uploaded in XDA Developers and prepared by a user individually based on public information available on security updates .

What are security updates and why are they so important?

If you are an iOS user you will know that Apple releases updates quite often . It's nothing new: as it launches a new iOS in September, the following months are followed by notifications of periodic updates that can go from a week - as has happened with the battered iOS 11 - as one or two a month.

In general, as the months go by, Apple solves its design bugs, general problems and of course, releases security patches to avoid possible threats .

We recently saw it with Meltdown and Specter , which affected the Intel and ARM processors, and Apple in a few hours had the update ready to protect its users. In other cases they are security exploits that can have an impact on our privacy or may cause the system to jailbreak.

That's why it's so important that you update, it 's the only way to be protected from threats to the security and privacy of your data and your device . Regardless of bugs or functions implemented by Apple.

Security updates on iOS, Android and other operating systems

This table is quite descriptive, easy to understand and leaves no room for doubt. In it we see all the models of mobile phones, tablets and other gadgets launched by the main manufacturers from 2011 to January 2018 .

As in the traffic lights, the boxes in red represent that the model in question does not have available current security patches, let's say, that the manufacturer has left it obsolete. The amber color means that the security patch is on the way, or could be, or is in some locations. Finally the green means that there is security update for all your devices , without geographical exceptions or any other type.

Now you just have to take a look at the manufacturers: Amazon, Apple, Blackberry, Google, HTC, Huawei, Samsung ... they are the main ones! If you read carefully, you will run into the flagships of the last five years in the table and an unpleasant surprise .

Well, the nasty surprise comes if you're Android . And is that such popular and recent models as the OnePlus 5T, Huawei Mate 10 or the Samsung Galaxy J range do not look green. Of course, if you opt for Android, Google is the best option in this regard.

It's time to look at Apple : the iPad 3 of 2012 or the iPhone 5s of 2013 do enjoy the latest security updates. And of course, the rest of the models of the posterior bitten apple, too. If you are jealous of your security and privacy, Apple is your brand. 

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