A report from Trend Micro entitled “Enterprise Readiness of Consumer Mobile Platforms” rated Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) as the least secure mobile operating system.
Compared to BlackBerry 7.0, iOS 5, and Windows Phone 7.5 – Android 2.3 got the lowest rating of 1.37, which refers to the OS average score based on several factors that Trend Micro considered including Built-in security, Application security, Authentication, Device wipe, Device firewall, Data protection, Device protection, Corporate managed email, ActiveSync support, Mobile device management, Virtualization, and Security certifications. Trend Micro selected Android 2.3 on its analysis over other versions of the OS since it’s the most dominant installed version across all devices in the market. The poor rating of Android is due to its market fragmentation issue, citing that even Android 4.x does include better security, most of the devices are still on Android 2.x and Google has no central means of providing OS updates. (more…)