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Attorneys Should Avoid Android Devices

by | Jan 23, 2017 | Useful Tech Tips | 5 comments

We’ve mentioned in the past that the iPad is the way to go if you’re going to invest in a tablet, it’s sleek, the apps go through a superior vetting process as opposed to the Google Play Store, and Apple devices require less customization overall. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is certainly out there making some noise. While it might be fun to play with, the Galaxy Tab is not good for much more than browsing the internet. It doesn’t have anywhere near the power or the versatility of the iPad when it comes to programs (apps) or working with data.

It’s lack of power aside, you want to avoid the Samsung Galaxy Tab because research suggests that nearly all of the malware that impacts mobile devices occurs with the Android OS. In fact, hundreds of new Android malware strains appear every day. Hundreds of thousands of apps made for the Android OS are malicious, many of which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store directly unknown to the user. The apple store is notorious for quality control of it’s approved apps for user download. Google Play store does not have these stringent policies when it comes to developers of android apps. This customization may be welcomed to tech people looking to obtain total control over their device, but to attorneys who simply wish to get their work done without security risks, you may want to avoid Android altogether. Additionally, almost a fifth of the apps found on Android devices have been found to leak user data.

To secure sensitive email data the iPhone and the iPad really are the best mobile devices on the market for attorneys. Apple just knows what it’s doing and is able to avoid the very large majority of malicious software.

5 Comments

  1. VHR

    “Apple just knows what it’s doing and is able to avoid the very large majority of malicious software.”

    That’s a characterization. Android is more open-source and gives users the ability to modify and customize. Apple controls/limits everything and does not experiment.

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    • Ross Siroti

      You proved the point of the article. From an IT perspective when working with a professional user base such as attorneys, we find that they would much rather focus on their practice and not technology, or if an application they download is laced with a keylogger or something that will steal personal info off the mobile device. For the client, this causes more downtime, issues and support which then results in a high support cost. The point of the article is to state that if you want a mobile device whose app store is more secure and whose device is more straight forward, Apple is the way to go. As an IT person my professional devices are always apple, my hobby devices are always Android because their devices are fantastically powerful with little to no restrictions.

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  2. Mark J. McPherson

    So Ross, why do so many legal technology providers and developers offer apps for Android as well as iOS? I don’t doubt the accuracy of your observations in general, but they strike me as typical of IT departments, developers and service providers everywhere when it comes to security. Push it all back on the user. More and more laborious and hectoring password requirements and now we must all submit to the insufferable, overpriced and overrated Apple ecosystem if we want to be safe! And what about Windows UWP devices?

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    • Ross Siroti

      They offer them because Android is a strong player in the market and today there are really only 2 players unless you count Microsoft. I’m not saying that Apple is superior in every way, and I am not what you’d call an Apple fan by any stretch. Frankly, we hear more attorneys complain about their Android’s than praise them and we don’t hear this about Apple devices, we feel it’s because the device is more controlled. Truthfully, I blame the Google Play Store application vetting process. It’s inferior to Apple allowing harmful/malicious material, yet at the same time this inferiority enables people to download apps on Android that would NEVER be available on Apple which as a tech person I like. I guess the point of the article is to say that people in general have to navigate the Google Play Store with more caution than the Apple store. Most people I know are app download happy, and more apps on the Google Play Store are cheaper or free as opposed to their Apple counterpart which are generally not free and more expensive. From an IT standpoint, support is a big deal for us. My technicians will always prefer the device that offers less security pitfalls.

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  3. Hector Camacho

    Both devices had their share of security issues for the last 12 months, more rogue apps on Android side and major security flows in iOS itself. One being more secure than the other is a state of the mind, 99% of the security issues are caused by users not devices or OS. If users want better security, they should educate themselves about security.

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