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10 Mobile App Privacy Considerations to be checked during App Development

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Feb
08
2018

Mobile App Security has turned out to be a standout amongst the most critical aspects to judge an application's execution and credibility on. The increasing number of mobile applications have turned into an open play area for the programmers and malicious users to explore in. With our industry overflowing with information rupture and security-related issues, no application whether in the banking money or gaming category is safe.

So how can you ensure that your app remains safe even after being in the sea of attackers and hacking incidents?

As a brand who has developed over 300 apps, we get queries time to time under our mobile app development service from brands that are looking for a solution to make their app more secure and tamper-proof. In this article we will look at the various factors that not just impact your mobile app security but also when missed brings you’re app face to face with a malicious attack.

Put together here is a list of elements that impact Mobile application security to a great extent. Keeping an eye out for them can take your mobile app to the list of ones that are hack and breach-proof.

Let's go through to those factors-

  • SSL related issues

More often than not developers don’t get in depth of application of SSL, leaving its implementation faulty. The lack of a proper transport layer protection gives an open space to the hackers to exploit an app’s content.

  • Unsafe Data Storage

Certain times developers rely on the client storages for the data, but a single data breach can lead to events that would make the data accessible, misused and easily manipulated. All these can directly lead to identifying theft, external policy violation, and reputation damage.

  • Missing Binary Protection

In case of missing the binary protection, any third party person can reverse engineer the app’s code and inject a virus or even redistribute a  pirated version of the app with the added threat. This can be avoided by employing binary hardening techniques in the app development stage.

  • Improper session handling

Session handling or management refers to the strategy that will be followed when the user has left the app for a long period and has even switched from the mobile application. Along with having a long session time is linked to better user experience, the move can be very dangerous in case the phone is lost and the session is not logged out of

  • Choice of platform

Choosing the platform that you are planning your app to be on, be it android or iOS, comes with a series of limitations and advantages. Both the operating system comes with their series of provisions related to password support, encryption support etc. that affects not just the app performance but also the security.

  • Broken Cryptography

The broken cryptography arises due to an incorrect implementation or bad encryption. This may also happen due to complete dependence on the built-in encryption process, using insecure algorithms etc. The best way to avoid this is to use superior encryption protocols and a strategic implementation process that helps perform proper encryption.

  • Missing multi-factor authentication system

While you are aiming to make your app as secure as it comes, do not depend on any single authentication system, be it pin number entry or drawing pattern. It pays to have a multifactor authentication system.  BY adding another security layer, the app comes a lot of security to becoming secure.

  • Offline mode:

To make the apps superior to those they are competing with, brands usually allow an offline mode of app usage.The loopholes that offline mode comes with are generally ignored by the developers. IN the offline mode the apps normally are unable to differentiate between the users and might allow users with less permission to perform various actions which are only accessible to the admin level users of the app.

  • Absence of source code encryption

Without a proper source code encryption, a knowledgeful malicious user can access the IP, identify the vulnerabilities in the code and affect the experience of every user who has already installed the app.

The only solution to this issue is keeping your code as a secret. This is why we add encryption for every code we use in the app. We use processes like minification and obfuscation which makes it difficult to interpret the information.

  • Insecure APIs

A huge amount of data gets transmitted from one point to another using various APIs. You will have to ensure that these APIs have been authorized and verified for accessing the various data.

Discussed above are just 10 elements that can seriously affect your mobile app’s security. Contact our App development team to cross check these elements.

 
 

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