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How to effectively develop and secure your mobile app?

Published on 18 March 16

With mobile devices being imperative in everyone’s life and mobile applications playing a crucial role in the significance, mobile application development is now among the fastest evolving categories of mobility market today. Thus it’s quite evident that mobile apps are highly important for the consumers and garners great attention. Reports say that most of the time is spent by mobile users on mobile apps. Thus the escalating demand and usage of mobile apps compel businesses to create their own business apps as part of the marketing strategy.

As mobile application trend see a high, it has become vital to ensure mobile app security which is a huge concern now. After all business must take the risk associated with the mobile app development initiatives seriously as these risks, otherwise, can have negative impact on mobile app users, business partners and employees. Same way, you must find out if your organization is in need of a mobile app or website.

Developers are mainly in authority of the app security and it’s essential for them to safeguard users’ interest. Here we talk about the security issues that must be taken into consideration:

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Built-In Platform Security

Relying on the native app development platform doesn’t mean you can ignore mobile app security. Even though you may feel that iOS is a closed system and it’s automatically secured but that’s incorrect. iOS, as well, is susceptible to mobile threats and attacks, and Apple can’t safeguard it against all malicious activities. Various scenarios are there validating the vulnerabilities in the iOS system.

Meanwhile, in case of Android it offers more liberty to app developers. For instance, if a developer develops on programming language C++, it turns to be complex for a hacker to phish existing codes. Whereas, when Java is used in sensitive fragments of code within the apps, it escalates the risk of cyber criminals hacking and inserting their own malicious codes with mush ease.

Having said that whether it is Android app, iOS app or any other mobile OS platform, all of them have several limitations and this is why developers can’t totally depend on inbuilt security by platforms.

Code from Other Developers

Use of existing codes to build mobile application can hugely impact the mobile app securities. Various of app development forums for developers are useful in seeking assistance as well as honing skills, whereas at most times developers pick and choose plug-ins and a basic section from these shared resources. Mostly developers choose a shortcut to create an app and develop codes from the beginning as this saves time and efforts while allowing developers to use the existing code available online sans checking the authenticity.

Now to prevent malicious coding, it’s vital for developers to read the code carefully, check for doubtful entries and authenticating them with trusted references.

Data Caching Vulnerabilities

Temporary information is stored on the mobile devices to offer faster caching that increases speed as compared to standard laptops and desktops. Data caching is really not favorable for mobile devices as that makes them prone to security attacks making it easy for hackers to easily retrieve cached information. However, a simple trick can prove to be of great help in protecting the mobile app data. Like add a password protection to use an app and then program the cache to automatically erase the cache whenever the mobile device restarts.

Security Testing

Before the release of a mobile app, it’s necessary to ensure that it’s precisely tested, as an app is not safe from the attacks of viruses and malware. The app developers must check every inlet including, sensors, camera, GPS, the platform itself, etc. Now as testing process goes on you must not allow users to see crash and debug logs, as this way you can prevent hackers’ attack on the app.

Weak Encryption

As the technology has evolved, encryption algorithms are outdated and easily hacked. Now as an app developer you are responsible to protect apps security. As you must know a number of mobile applications ask users for sensitive and confidential information such as credit card details, SSN or personal identification number, etc. Now in case of a weak encryption, it’s easy to hack information and this way the users are at risk. Thus, good encryption must be ensured at all costs.

Implementing these few of mobile development strategies you can easily develop and secure your mobile app.

This blog is listed under Development & Implementations , IT Security & Architecture and Mobility Community

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