Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Dampier, David A.

Committee Member

Ramkumar, Mahalingam

Committee Member

McGrew, Robert Wesley

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Mobile devices are increasingly becoming a greater crutch for all generations. All the while, these users are garnering a greater desire for privacy and style. Apple presents a device that is known for its security, but lacks major user customization. On the other hand, Google has developed a device that is keen to customization with Android, but can be susceptible to security flaws. This thesis strives to discuss the security models, app store protections, and best practices of both mobile operating systems. In addition, multiple experiments were conducted to demonstrate how an Android device could be more easily compromised after altering few settings, as well as to demonstrate the privileges, both good and bad, that could be gained by jailbreaking an iOS device.