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Mobile App Security: Are Your Developers Using These 11 Guidelines?

Every business is reaching out to customers via their brand’s mobile app. Because it has personal information, hackers can target it. While they steal information, you pay the price. In this article at Hackernoon, Roger James talks about 11 guidelines that developers must follow to maintain mobile app security.

11 Mobile App Security Measures

When you download a mobile app, it asks permission to access certain personal information like photos, contacts, etc. Customers usually consent to this, but this creates your responsibility to safeguard their personal data. Following are the 11 guidelines for mobile app security that your developers must keep an eye out for:

Secure Your Source Code: Usually, the source code for UI and business logic is present on the client side. If they do not maintain proper mobile app hygiene, it is open to hackers. Obfuscation changes the classes and modifies the attributes into confusing characters for the intruders.

Secure Your Database: Be it user credentials or payment details, ensure that the data is encrypted for good. Even if your website is hacked or encrypted data leaks, your database is secure.

Secure the To-and-Fro Data Transaction: People use VPN, SSL, TLS, or Https to transmit data. The first line of defense would be to stop hackers from entering the transmission flow.

Leverage Data Usage Flexibility: Instead of creating an isolated, app-based account, allow users to use Facebook or Gmail credentials. Several brands like Quora, Stack Overflow, and Pinterest utilize the mobile app security that these networking giants offer users.

Utilize Reverse Engineering: Android applications are an opensource platform that can be easily modified. Understand and upgrade mobile app security by learning Java, Linux, and kernel.

Be Smart About Your Cryptography: Underutilizing cryptography can also pose a threat to your app. Steer away from weak or broken algorithms while creating the source code. Effectively used, cryptography alone can protect your mobile app as well as data.

Apply User Validation: Though it slows down the initial process, it ensures no distorted data is entering your website.

Regularize Penetration Testing: This allows the developers to find out errors in the code. Penetration testing is different from normal software testing.

Secure App Information Stored in Device: If at all you need to store mobile app information in the device, ensure that those appear encrypted or confusing.

Establish Stringent Authentication and Authorization Policies: It is important to have standard authentication and authorization policies for mobile app security. Have distinct systems for privacy, session management, identity management, and device security.

Understand Security Offered by Different Operating Systems: Google Android, Apple iOS, Windows OS, and Blackberry OS—these are the main types of operating systems today. Most of the brands prefer hybrid mobile app services for better business. Understand the various security threats that come with these operating systems.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://hackernoon.com/checklist-for-mobile-app-security-4d51d3660ae3

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Indrani Roy

Indrani Roy is currently working as a Content Specialist for CAI Info India. She has knowledge in writing blogs, product descriptions, brand information, and coming up with new marketing concepts. Indrani has also transcribed, subtitled, edited, and proofread various Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, etc., and performed audio fidelity checks. She started her career by articulating a knowledge base for an IT client, and, eventually, went on to create user manuals and generate content for a software dashboard. Writing being one of her passions, reading books is naturally her favorite pastime. When not lost in the world of letters, she is a foodie, movie buff, and a theater critic.

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