Windows Phone is the hardest OS to crack – white-hat hacker

Posted by interviewed Steve Lord, a white-hat hacker and penetration tester. A penetration tester is someone who gets paid by companies to break into their computer systems to identify security flaws so they can fix them. And he has been at it for 15 years.


When asked the question, “Which OS is most at risk? Windows, Android or iOS?” here was his response:

All have benefits and drawbacks. Currently Windows Phone seems to be the hardest nut to crack. Blackberry has a long history of being very security-focused. If I have physical access to the device, I find Android’s usually the easiest target. Then comes iPhone, then older versions of BlackBerry. If it’s over a network or I have to attack via email or message, Android’s usually the softest target.

If we follow Steve’s verdict, here is how the various platforms rank from the hardest to crack to the softest: Windows Phone -> Blackberry 10 -> BlackBerry 7 and older -> iPhone -> Android. Your thoughts?

Go read the full interview: Under Attack: An interview with a hacker.


  1. Hmmm, well I don’t have sensitive stuffs in my phone so security is not a problem, I don’t even phone lock my phone with pin, pattern or other security features. A phone should contain as little as possible sensitive information. No one is safe…

  2. Upon all this kind of verdict and statistics, Android still has the largest market share.

    I guess it’s not all about security anymore. The common man cares less abt security.

  3. i mentioned this a while back, as a reason to consider Windows Phone. even XDA forums admitted that modding for Windows Phone was too difficult, which is very different from Windows Mobile, a widely modded platform

  4. Guess security is not high on most people’s consideration when it comes to mobile if the sales figures are anything to go by..

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