Many a times we get lost in the current affairs of world economy and other news that we sideline one of the most personally impactful segments of daily news – Technology. It’s personally impactful because it’s an irreplaceable part of our daily lives, not only that, sometimes our lives depend on it. From smartphones to healthcare, every sector of technology has deeply affected our lives, one way or the other.
Mobile app development companies have become one of the most crucial anchor of our digital security. It was the year 2013, when one such important news surfaced and was reported by Arxan Technologies. It revealed that one hundred percent of the Top 100 paid Android apps and 56 percent of the Top 100 paid Apple iOS apps have been hacked.
These number are staggering as they’re unbelievable. But the truth stands the same, that even after developing the best apps on app store, there are still risks that can leave you vulnerable.
Although, that doesn’t mean you should not explore the techniques of securing your application and softwares from getting hacked. In fact, there are multiples practices that you can implement to your process of mobile app development.
Let us have a quick look at some of these:
Ensuring that your libraries are updated:
Code Libraries are one of the most important perks in coding. They enable the developers to not write a code from scratch. Whether it is Android, iOS or any other mobile platform, developers have access to hundreds of libraries to accomplish different tasks in an application.
However, being indispensable to developers, old and outdated libraries are targets for security attacks. And to prevent this from happening, the developers of these libraries often release updates to secure the libraries from malware. It is very important to regularly update your libraries, therefore.
Using Encrypted Web Addresses
HTTPS (Hypertext transfer protocol secure) is a more secure version of HTTP. HTTP is the protocol with which data is shared between your system and the website you’re surfing. And HTTPS uses one of the two security protocols to encrypt the communication and data – SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Layer Security).
The difference between HTTP and HTTPS is that, in HTTP, all the information exchanged between you and the website is in simple text form and can be easily read by a hacker. This becomes a concern while doing financial transactions. Whereas, HTTPS uses an encryption system and it will not be able for the hackers to decrypt your files.
Review of code by third party
A regular code review by a developer may not be enough to ensure the security of the app as they usually limit their work to the technical functionalities. It is very important for a Fool-proof security to have a data security professional check the analyse all the possible vulnerable areas of the code like authentication & authorization parts, database access, input and output & use of cryptography etc. that are highly prone to cyber attacks.
But sometimes companies do not have a technical security expert in-house. In such case, third party security tools work very well to test and check your code and secure it from all kinds of malpractices.
Filtration of user data at input
One of the biggest mistake that any developer makes is to trust all the inputs from a user. Injection attacks such as SQL injection attack on all client devices can be critical if your application deals with more than one user account on a single application or a shared device.
Isolation of App Data
Often mobile applications use different kinds of data which generally depends upon the reason of its usage. SOmetime when some high priority business data or documents are accessed on the internet, they then locally saved on the device. And in case of theft or loss of the device, if the data is not properly encrypted, it can lead to a compromised security of the data.
In such cases, Application sandboxing or isolation can prove to be crucial thus making your device hack proof.
It’s a continuous process of securing our data and devices with the ever rising criminal activities and data theft. Our personal information, as trivial as our names and addresses, which seem to be known by everyone in the internet community can be the hub of criminal activities. Thus, it becomes very important for us to save all the data and integrate app security into mobile app development.
Author Bio:- Working in the writing business since college, Swati Vohra is now a core part of the technical writing team in Appinvetiv, A major mobile app development company. She keeps herself occupied with the current affairs of the technical aspects of the world whenever she’s not particularly working.
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