10 ways to make Android faster, more productive and more secure than iPhone
Some ammunition to keep bragging Apple users at bay
By Jeff Vance | Network World US | Published: 17:13, 15 May 12
iPhone users love to brag about their phones. Yet, for many users, Android is clearly the superior platform. Yes, its Achilles’ heel is a big one: security. Android’s openness and large market share mean that it’s a juicy target for attackers.
Yet, Android’s openness also provides benefits. It allows for more customisation; its apps are usually cheaper and various handset manufacturers are able to offer significantly different form factors. With a little tweaking, you can speed up and optimise Android in ways that will make iPhone users’ heads spin.
Only shop at App Stores you know
Google has taken steps to tame the Wild West that was its Market. It now has a “Bouncer” that scans the Market for malware. The trouble is that Android users can download apps anywhere. Don’t be lured into doing this. If you aren’t using Android Market, make sure you are in a store you know and trust, such as Amazon. Most Android models come with the default setting that doesn’t allow you to download apps from “unknown sources.” If you’ve fallen for social-engineering attacks in the past, it’s best to leave that box checked. When you download an app, try to get into the practice of checking permissions. If a game wants to send out SMS messages, for instance, that should be a red flag.