Why does Windows have a much longer list of malware than the Mac? It’s security through obscurity, so says the common wisdom. OS X’s nominal marketshare makes it an uninviting target for malware makers.
F-Secure’s latest Mobile Threat Report research says Apple’s iOS has a meek .7-percent share of the mobile device malware market, while Android OS owns 96-percent of the known malware.
In the U.S., where malware runs rampant on Windows PCs with the largest marketshare, and hardly at all on Macs, Apple’s iPhone owns 51-percent of the market, while Android owns 44-percent of the market.
So, why is it that iOS has a negligible share of malware, though a larger and richer share of the smartphone market, while Android owns just under 100-percent of smartphone malware?
Is it really security through obscurity? Or, is something else at play? Maybe this is how Android is winning.