Cyber Security Issues You Need to Know for in Mobile App Development
There are a limitless number of apps that exist in both Play Stores (Apple & Android) and on the darker side of this is tens of thousands of hackers attack to breach security systems and hack the valuable business information with their virus filled files and malware. This means app developers have to stay alert and vigilant to protect their app users. And from my experience, here are top 4 security issues you really need to know that are greatly affecting users today.
1. Do not Rely Only on In-Built Platform Security
Though there are a ton of app development platforms, none are actually resistant to security concerns. In fact, it took a long time for iOS platform to consider one of the most protected since all apps go through a screening process before they go live. This doesn’t mean all apps in the Apple’s app store are secure as the screening process can not detect every single malware and virus or person that is trying to breach the security.
On the other side, Android leaves this entire thing on users and lets them decide which is good and which is not through user reviews. After reading this, you might think that both have their own downsides but nevertheless, you shouldn’t trust completely either of them. Make your security systems tighter.
2. Developing Secure Apps
Mobile malware utilizes security issues or bugs in the programming or coding of the application. Implementing security best practices mobile app development and that includes the use of source code scanning strategies and models. These things can help your app resilient to any such security threats.
It is also essential to analyze code from 3rd parties or any application which is permitted to coexist on the smartphones that are used by the staff members. In such scenarios, executables should be scanned.
3. Using Already Existing Codes
It takes weeks or even months for some apps to build. At times, developers tend to use the free codes to develop apps so that they could save more time but the bitter fact is that the hackers build such codes in the hope that any developer would just pick them up to use in their mobile applications. This gives the hackers the information and access they need to get into your database and steal whatever they want. As per the hacking news from “The hack post”, Pakistani and Iraqi hackers usually hack the mobile applications and website of known individuals, businesses using some existing codes.
4. Not Using / Weak Encryption
As the technology is evolving, encryption algorithms are also becoming old and easier to hack. Your user information is at stake if you use weak or no encryption at all in your app as that could jeopardize your whole app and business. Many apps need customers to enter sensitive data, such as social security numbers, credit or debit card credentials, or even personal identification information.
Without strong encryption, any such sensitive information can be stolen. The more popular your app is, the more likely it is going to get hacked. That is why you need to invest in good encryption services if you want to secure your app.
There’s more you can do
It is most important to take into consideration all of the above-mentioned precautions for securing your app via good development decisions. For firms building and deploying apps internally to their staff members, there are some off- the-book tools to consider.
An enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution offers security usually not addressed via direct app development. Such protections begin with the fundamental and essential, detection and remediation if an iOS or Android device is jailbroken. Inc case the in-built security of the mobile operating system has been removed, none of the app particular protections are going to keep the information safe for long since all of the above strategies are built upon the inherent smartphone operating system protection features.