As cybersecurity companies bolster security measures to keep the hackers at bay, there are still holes for threats to enter. For app developers/mobile app development companies who’re gearing up to launch a new app, here are eight easy ways to protect the app from hackers.
Protect your new app from hackers with these eight easy ways
- Work only on secured back-end network connections: App security measures should be started from the development phase. If you’re using cloud servers, ensure that the API accessed by the app is protected and secure. Proven ways of keeping the eavesdroppers out are through containerization, encrypted connections using VPN, and consulting a network security specialist to perform a ‘penetration test’ to evaluate the vulnerability of the network.
- App security from the ground level: Make security a priority and enforce necessary measures for native apps. Vulnerabilities that exist in the source code of the app are not as severe as those which are present in data and network security components. Always test codes and stay safe from hackers.
- Pay attention to how customer information is secured: With mobile apps, data is largely stored in the device making it more vulnerable than web storage. There are certain apps called ‘Leaky apps’ which make customer information available without consent. To protect customer information, encrypt files and mobile databases.
- Authorization, authentication, and identification measures: Authentication provides an extra layer of security. Be wary of apps that rely on third-party API. Restrict app access for the API to minimize vulnerability. Install OAuth2 to manage secure connections. Also, look into OpenID Connect, a federation protocol specific to mobile apps.
- You can’t test enough: A critical component of app development is testing the app codes. While tests are in progress to check usability and functionality, include security tests. These must be specific for authorization, authentication, session management, and data security issues. Perform penetration tests and emulators.
- Strong API security strategy: Secure API to secure the app. Three nodes of API security are identification, authorization, and authentication.
- It all boils down to the user: Ultimately, security of the app rests with the user. Users must avoid rooted and jailbroken devices.
- Tread with caution when practicing BYOD: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) opens vulnerabilities in the network. Minimize risk through VPN, blocking unauthorized devices, firewall protection, and antivirus software.
As mobile usage increases, so does the hacking possibility. Stay safe with strong mobile security strategies.
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