Is my Android phone secure?

John from Menifee, CA

Episode 1370 (11:04)

Android

John recently switched to the Android platform. He's liking it, but there are a lot of differences. Is it secure? Leo says that it is, but it is open source. He doesn't need an antivirus for his phone, but it's important to keep the phone updated. John should make sure his manufacturer and carrier is consistently making updates every month. Apple doesn't have that issue because Apple users always get the latest updates pushed to their phones with no middlemen. Android isn't that way, so some updates will be delayed by the manufacturer and some by the carrier. That's why Leo likes pure Android phones like the Pixel. They don't have that issue. But chances are, they are secure. If he's concerned, Leo recommends using a Tiny Hardware Firewall when traveling.