Despite the growing catalog of official third-party apps available on app stores like the iOS App Store and Android Market and apps that are available as sideloaded content, a recent study finds that smartphones, for the time being, are still safer than PC against malicious codes and threats. There are two main reasons for why cell phones are remaining safe. The first is that most mobile OS environments use a sandbox to keep third party apps isolated and require explicit permission to be granted from the user for these apps to exchange information. The second is that developers must sign up and there is a code signing process before apps can be sold in these app stores.
Because smartphone environments are different than their PC counterparts, security firm Symantec is instead focusing on developing mobile management tools for users instead of anti-malware software.
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