Most of us are aware of the biggest PR disasters a lot of tech and finance behemoths have gone through in the past two decades. JP Morgan Chase, Uber, Yahoo, Facebook, Google Plus, Home Depot, Starbucks, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Marriott International, Quora, Target, and Ashley Madison, to name a few, have gone on the records to become the biggest security and data breaches known to the world. Despite the strong reputation of these brands in the market, the teams failed to navigate and close the security loophole in their systems at some point, which led the attacker to discover and exploit it.
There are thousands of brand new applications that debut in the market every week. While we’re most likely to feel a little untrustworthy about the security measures that new apps are offering, we really don’t give a thought about data privacy and mobile security while buying a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, booking a cab on Uber, taking a snap on Snapchat, or talking to some recruiter on LinkedIn app. If we think of ourselves as a consumer, we’re quite susceptible to trust an app based on its brand image even if some concern related to security may pop up in our mind. We end up believing there is nothing to worry about and that developers of the app would have undoubtedly taken care of it. Because according to our usual presumption, apps from a reputable company are always safe, and there is nothing that could go wrong.
But we’re missing a significant point here. Apps, coming from either a big brand or a start-up, are vulnerable to cyber attacks. There are a considerable number of hackers who are working hard to exploit the vulnerabilities of these apps to implant malware or phish user data. This is why it is quite significant for app developers to be vigilant and more proactive when it comes to app security to protect the exploitation of sensitive user data. If you want to stay in the market for a long time and retain customers, you cannot dismiss user security.
While there are several aspects to look into for tightening the security, we’ve combined a bunch of areas that you shouldn’t give a miss.
App Development Platforms and Devices
Every device is different. It features a different OS, security vulnerabilities, and interface among many other things. You, as a developer, must know what platform or device you are dealing with. Similarly, the OS of every device is different, for instance, Android and Apple iOS. They arrive with their own set of security weaknesses and strength. Hardware sets of various devices hold different vulnerabilities too. You need to understand what these vulnerabilities are and how to come up with in-app measures for optimizing the security that is developed in the OS and reduce the particular device’s security flaws.
Robust Unhackable Code
Apps, especially mobile ones, are highly vulnerable to data breaches and malware attacks. This makes it mandatory for developers to pay extra attention by writing a secure code that does not carry any backdoor, which can be exploited by hackers later. It is one of the most important priority when it comes to mobile application security. Developers must implement app security standards for making sure that apps use, transfer, or store minimum data required. Starting from strategy, design, development, QA testing, deployment, to regular version update maintenance, security must play an essential role during the lifecycle of app development.
Determine Necessary Storage
When you’re working on app development, make a strategy concerning the most convenient things to keep in the device storage versus the ones that need to be transferred back to the database. Analyze and discuss whether holding the data on the user device is safe or moving it to your database is the better option to safeguard the critical user data from prying eyes. Make sure you’re able to justify the data you’re collecting from your users too. Not only this data is most likely to be hacked by the bad guys, but there are also chances it can be leaked to the government during data collection programs too.
One of the most important checks for security a developer can perform is by running a series of testing round on the app to check its functioning. The reason behind this is simple. An app goes through various versions during the process of development and post-production. You can start with testing an array of the functional and non-functional aspect of solutions by the means of penetration testing, risk assessment, vulnerability analysis, etc. Moreover, it is also crucial for app developers to make sure that the app design follows the security regulations set by device manufacturers, GPS, and credit card industry amongst many others.
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