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How long have you been using your smartphone? One, two, maybe three years? To protect your corporate network, choose a more recent model. They're updated more frequently and are safer than older models.
Android smartphone manufacturers almost always focus first on their most expensive and most recent models. Many recent upscale phones –the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and the Nexus 5, for example–thus already have Android 4.4 KitKat. Cheaper or older models however still run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, or worse, Android 4.2. That's why older models generally represent a higher risk to your corporate network.
Rapid7, a company specialising in software intended to limit the risks for the IT infrastructure, recently discovered a flaw in Android 4.2 allowing malware to easily be installed on your phone. Cybercriminals thus can easily access your contact information, photos, data from your memory card and your location data. Rapid7 thus recommends banning Android smartphones 4.2 or previous versions from your corporate network.
Is an iPhone safer?
Determining the most secure operating system can sometimes seem like an impossible task. The main difference between Apple and Android is that Google and the handset manufacturers usually opt for a phased deployment while Apple almost always releases its updates to all its devices simultaneously. Apple recently rolled out iOS 9.3.1. This update is compatible with any iPhone from the 2011 iPhone 4S up to the newly-released iPhone SE. Since iOS 8 in 2014, iPhones have been encrypted so that even Apple cannot decrypt them. For enterprises, Apple offers a built-in mobile device management (MDM) framework so that personal data and enterprise data can securely coexist on the same device, whether that device belongs to the company or the employee (BYOD).
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