Charles C. Mann quote,
“Smartphones can relay patient’s data to hospital computers in a continuous stream. Doctors can alter treatment regimens remotely, instead of making patients come in for a visit.”
It describes the power of smartphones in this digital era.
Smartphones drive us every day with every advancement in technology right from calling and texting to handling and managing our bank accounts, business, and other chores.
They are dominating the internet usage in the form of various apps. Therefore, it is not fallacious to say that our data is at risk every moment. Thus the main concern that gyrates the mind of developers is about the security of their apps.
As per stats by Arxan,
- 100% of the top 100 paid apps on the Google Android platform got hacked
- 56% of the top 100 paid apps for Apple iOS got hacked
- 73% of favorite free apps on Android got hacked
- 53% of favorite free apps on Apple iOS got hacked
- 5-7% of apps have advanced security facilities
How will you secure your Mobile App?
Ways to secure your Mobile App
Let us take a look at each one of them.
1. Code Security
“There is always code reuse in development. No one writes an entire application from scratch. But if you are using someone else’s code, you are relying on the security of that code. Developers need to apply the same level of security testing to those shared pieces as they do their own code.”
— Michael Sutton
While prioritizing your work, the first thing that comes in mind while developing any application is its security. Since a mobile application developer is the one who is producing the app, he should know about the loopholes of his app. Before it is ready to publicize, the app developer should encrypt his code with new algorithms coupled with API encryption. The system should be compatible and should check and tested rather than being dependent on an app store for approval.
2. Reliable sources
One of the prerogatives of being an Android user is having the capacity to download apps from any sources, unlike iOS users. One of the best things about Android is that anyone can create an application and publicize it. Now it depends on its usage, whether it is a boon or a curse.
With so many facilities comes un-welcomed threats. Due to such natural download features, Android platform wins the title for being hacked easily. It facilitates malicious attacks from fraudsters and hackers. A single click for your desire to download an app and your data can get lost within a blink of an eye.
Thus, it becomes essential to download apps from trusted and reliable sources.
3. App Authentication
Being a developer, your first aim is to make the device secure by implementing various security measures. But if security has to be at the comminuted level, then you should apply the guard at the application layer. With this, users can ensure safety from their perspectives and level.
Wear the hat of an app and ask a question to yourself, “Who am I?”A simple question whose answer is quite complicated. With an increase in digitization, the difficulty level to identify the whereabouts of the origin is elevating.
As per the blog of Mathew David, one fast and easy way to authenticate users is through a combination of MDM/EMM, the virtual private network, and SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) to create a single sign-on (SSO). The method is easy to implement if your organization already uses SSO.
He was of the view that for mobile users this wasn’t a practical solution; thus a more practical approach is thought of by using OAuth.
Two-factor authentication asks:
- A user ID and password
- A second validation- as a PIN generated on your mobile phone or a fingerprint.
To know more in detail about the app authentication, you can Hire App Designer from eSparkBiz. He/She should be able to guide you with his/her knowledge as well as the experience.
4. Encrypt Storage
“The pace of data creation is exploding. We are entering a new world in which data may be more important than software.”– Tim O’ Reilly
Maximum devices come with the thought of securing data on mobile devices as a hidden feature. Therefore, they come with an encrypted storage policy. It makes stealing of data a hard nut to crack for the hackers. The reason why storage is encrypted is to avoid vulnerabilities from hacking your info that may be photos, bank credentials, etc.
5. Refrain from Jailbreaking
What is Jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking refers to the process of ignoring and modifying the manufacturer’s restrictions or operator for installing features from unauthorized sources.
Many apps are razzle-dazzle and thus occupy your minds. Your desire to have that app in your phone makes you take decisions that may not be wise for your device. If you see this way, you are bypassing the security of your phone to download some stupid app. Therefore it is advisable not to jailbreak your phone to avoid getting screwed by unknown and un-welcomed threats.
6. Update your device periodically
The way we are using Android, have anyone tried to know the fact that it contains 12 million lines?
Then how can you expect it to be virtually perfect? You can’t expect it to be flawless in the first place. There is a possibility of having bugs in it. It is the reason why you always get notifications for updating your app. Therefore, next time if you get such information for the option, try not to avoid it.
Bruce Schneier quoted, “Security is not a product, but a process.”Data privacy has always been the most concerned factor of developers as well as users.
There are numerous data leakage scenarios every day that is left only to mourn the loss for any Mobile App Development Company in the USA. Some even lack knowledge about the threats that are revolving around your mobile apps.
It’s high time that you as a developer preach the security issues and provide solutions to make your app remarkable with high-class security features.
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