Richmond Mathewson wrote:

> So, I wonder why there is not a way of putting one's iPad app onot the
> web in a way (and I don't mean via Cydia)
> that will allow people to download it onto their tablets
> independently, as one can do on an Android device?

Because China.  And maybe Singapore, and a few others.

Android has an inappropriate reputation for malware, mostly due to unscrupulous activities of some vendors in those regions.

True, given is vastly larger market size, there are more malware *attempts* on Android than iOS.

But in terms of actual exploits the numbers are very close: most devices exploited have been altered from the default settings Google and Apple ship with.

Some carriers in Asia aren't shipping true Android phones. What they're shipping are "Android-compatible", but they are not using the OS images provided by Google. Android is open source so that's allowable, but to use the Android trademark they need to be a member of the Android Alliance, which requires following Google's security guidelines. In countries like China, where intellectual property enforcement is more or less nonexistent, some even claim to be authentic "Android" devices.

Many of these have their own app stores, and they have the built-in protection against side-loading turned off so allow those custom apps stores to work easily.

While Google provides at least seven layers of security for apps distributed through Google Play, most of those are beyond the reach of side-loaded apps through these hastily tossed-together third-party app stores.

So on the rarer day when you see a tech journalist talking about actual exploits rather than number of mere attempts, if you read past the headlines you'll find that most of those exploits are occurring in Asian and other markets on non-authentic Android-compatible devices, where Google's security mechanisms have been bypassed.

In an ideal world, we'd recognize that everything connected to the Internet is vulnerable to one degree or another, and cybersecurity basics would be a required course in public school. Beyond the reach of any OS vendor lie a nearly infinite variety of ways people can endanger their privacy, data security, or even physical safety through a mix of ignorance and a nearly complete lack of guidance from gadget vendors (ever see a smart car dealer discuss how to avoid having your car hijacked while you're driving it?).

But we don't live in an ideal world, and the average person apparently has little interest in investing the time needed to use Internet-connected devices safely (observe the widespread use of Facebook by people announcing their going on vacation, thus signaling to burglars which houses to target).

So for now vendors at least try to compensate for the public's apparent disinterest in their own safety.

Those who care deeply about using devices they have complete control over have plenty to choose from. Linux has become the de facto standard for most forms of computing, and its license explicitly allows use for any purpose whatsoever without restriction of any kind, all the way down to guaranteeing source code availability.

 Richard Gaskin
 Fourth World Systems
 Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web

use-livecode mailing list
Please visit this url to subscribe, unsubscribe and manage your subscription 

Reply via email to