How Pentoma helps Mercari’s Cyber Posture
How Pentoma helps Mercari’s Cyber Posture
In January 2018, the news broke out that Strava, a social fitness tracking app exposed the locations of US military bases around the globe. After the media reports, the company actively worked on improving privacy and security oversights by implementing restrictions on viewing and added an opt-out option for displaying user data on its heat map. Those were all good remedies for minimizing future damages, but they are bandages to cover up mistakes. Mobile app security should be active solutions to prevent problems, not just to fix them.
*This article was originally written by Melissa Lin for TopTal.
"Think of [cybersecurity] more as safety and security in roads and cars. The car hasn’t really changed in the last 30 years, but a lot of security is built in, and it’s not sexy until the moment it saves your life. You’ve got bits that are hidden – airbags – and bits there to remind you to be safe like seatbelts…Some of it is about good behaviour and good attitude, some of it is about physical security to remind you there is a risk, and some of it is baked in to save you.”
– Sian John, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist at Symantec
We’ll admit it. Cybersecurity isn’t sexy. However, in today’s digital age, cybersecurity has become increasingly critical for large corporations and small startups alike. Today, the stakes are higher than ever, as “every company has become a tech company.” Technology has become more than a supplement to a company’s operations, and in many cases, the assets living on their network are their core operations. This is compounded by the fact that hacks are becoming commonplace due to the rise of mobile usage and internet of things, as well as the growing ecosystem of cybercriminals.
Tomorrow, May 25th, 2018, is the day the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in EU becomes in effect.
Even though this is an EU policy, it globally sets a new bar for user data protection. The original EU legislation (the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive) only governed entities within the EU. However, the sheer scope of the GDPR is far more extensive in that it also refers to non-EU businesses who either, A) market products to people in the EU or who, B) monitor the behavior of people in the EU.
*This article was originally written by Gergely Karman at TopTal.
For all too many companies, it’s not until after a security breach has occurred that web security best practices become a priority. During my years working as an IT Security professional, I have seen time and time again how obscure the world of web development security issues can be to so many of my fellow programmers.
An effective approach to web security threats must, by definition, be proactive and defensive. Toward that end, this post is aimed at sparking a security mindset, hopefully injecting the reader with a healthy dose of paranoia.
In particular, this guide focuses on 10 common and significant web security pitfalls to be aware of, including recommendations on how they can be mitigated. The focus is on the Top 10 Web Vulnerabilities identified by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), an international, non-profit organization whose goal is to improve software security across the globe.
Getting a full scope of how possible it is for your mobile app to get hacked can be overwhelming. These days, hackers are coming up with new tactics to break into systems daily. How are you supposed to keep up with that? A lot of people do not want to face the full awareness of how susceptible they are and, in turn, do not properly protect their valuable data.
Developers like yourself seem to be increasingly grappling with the reality of just how much of a threat hackers and other malicious users pose to your apps. In recent years, some of the most prominent organizations across the world have fallen prey to cyber-attacks, leaving millions of users’ sensitive data exposed and vulnerable to identity theft and other fraudulent activities.
If you wanted to assess whether your home was secure, you’d look at it from the point of view of criminals: where are the unlocked windows? How easily can the door be broken? When are people home? The same principle applies for mobile application security. Penetration testing is an authorized, legal process through which security experts attempt to break into an app to identify and correct points of security weakness. Sometimes called a pen test, penetration testing offers the most comprehensive security assessment possible, by looking at your application from a new perspective.
Not sure if you need to take the step of vulnerability scanning in your mobile application development? Think again! As its name suggests, vulnerability scanning seeks and finds potential vulnerabilities that may exist within the structure of your mobile app.
Android application package (APK) is the package file format used on Android operating systems, including tablets and smartphones. This file format uses the extension .apk or .xapk, just as Microsoft Word files use .doc or .docx. APK files include all of a program’s code, including other information such as certificates and manifest file.
In just a few short years, applications have become the go-to way that most consumers connect to the internet. Something about the inherent usability and simplicity of an app — whether it be designed for mobile devices or the web — has a widespread appeal that attracts developers and users alike.
We all love how we can start our cars from our phones, especially when it’s colder than hell outside or our pure laziness just doesn’t want to expel the effort to push the button to start. But, even with the added safety features, general usefulness and extra cool to impress the passengers — all these are more doorways that need to be secured. Don’t get us wrong, the future of connected cars looks great with smartphones that start your vehicle to autonomous driving to your car telling your garage door to open, so you don’t have to. Sounds great, right? Okay, that is a yes from consumers and a heck yes from hackers.
Pentoma is our AI-powered penetration testing solution that helps you learn your web app and server security vulnerabilities through ever-evolving remote hacking attacks. It quickly identifies holes in your web application security before hackers do, helping prevent any potential security damages.
Scanning has always been an aspect of AppSolid, it is the first of the three-step process AppSolid uses to improve app security, but now we have revamped our Scan to be more robust and informative than ever before. The updated powerful cloud-based scanning solution provides a complete risk diagnostic of your application security holes. Scan by AppSolid’s detailed reports show your application’s critical and medium vulnerabilities and threats based on the current OWASP Mobile Top 10 risks so that you can take action.
Did you know that 75% of mobile apps will fail a basic security test? When user experience is one of the most critical elements for an application to succeed, it’s imperative that you provide those users with an app that is safe and secure for use on their device. If you have been considering developing a mobile app, acquiring one for your company, or already have an app — you need to ensure that it’s protected with mobile application security software.
Mobile app developers have faced a wide variety of threats in their quest to fortify their products and protect their users. As smartphones and tablets have flooded the marketplace, developing effective countermeasures against mounting security risks has become a paramount issue for mobile apps.
We all probably wish we jumped on the cryptocurrency bandwagon a little earlier and then got off back in December. But, even with the recent volatility in the price of cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, the interest in alternative currencies remains high in the media and the mainstream population. At the same time, Bitcoin alternatives like Monero and Ethereum continue a steady stealthy upward valuation — putting them squarely in the eyesight of hackers looking for anonymous transactions and security loopholes to make quick profits.
For developers, mobile application security has become a topic of particular concern in the past few years, especially as the number of high-profile cyberattacks and data breaches has seemingly skyrocketed. Such sensitive industries as finance and healthcare have suddenly found themselves among the most significant targets, jeopardizing both the privacy of users and the integrity of the development teams behind these victimized mobile apps.
You know you need to secure your mobile application. It’s probably near the top of a long -- and seemingly ever-expanding -- list of things to do. Running a business can be exhausting, especially if you offer a wide range of mobile apps. Yet failing to secure your mobile app may be one of the most costly mistakes you can make. Here’s why you need to move this priority to the top of your to-do list -- and what you can do to finally feel fully confident in your mobile app.
These days, people depend on mobile apps for multiple reasons in their everyday life. So naturally, the app developing business is booming and thousands of new apps are hitting the market each week. It is extremely exciting to be a part of this digital evolution, but there are also many risks that come along with it.
We know better than most that mobile application developers have a lot on their minds. Between development and marketing, developers face roughly a million decisions before their app even launches, decisions that could ultimately decide whether their work connects with their intended audience or is dead on arrival.
Since smartphones and tablets have become such an integral part of everyday life, hackers and other malicious users have truly evolved their methods and devised more invasive, damaging ways to manipulate an application’s code and exploit sensitive customer data for their own ends.
Rules are made to be broken, right? Maybe. Some mobile application security taboos are relics of a bygone era -- or the product of mistaken security wisdom. Sound mobile application security is constantly changing in response to cultural shifts, emerging threats, and new technologies. So the rules you thought you knew might be the very rules you now need to break. Here are some mobile application security rules that no longer apply, at least in some cases.
In this day and age, every successful business makes use of the opportunities the internet provides. Having a mobile app synced up with your business guarantees a broader client base because of the undeniable convenience and accessibility it promises each customer. However, if your business’s app is not set up with protection against cyber threats, your whole company is at risk of being hacked and possibly going into ruin.
Mobile technology has gone through more than a few changes on its way to becoming the prominent tool it is today. A defining part of this development has centered on mobile applications themselves, which are widely employed on smartphones and tablets the world over. As this user base has steadily increased, the necessity to secure your mobile application has only intensified.
High profile security breaches are so common in our mobile app-driven society that most of us are no longer shocked when a previously trusted company reveals a major breach. It’s easy to forget how much is at stake -- particularly for small businesses that offer apps.
A hack can take a business at its peak and drive it into the ground. High profile security breaches target multinational conglomerates and large national corporations, since those businesses are the ones most likely to have something of value to steal. But don’t be fooled: every business, every app, and every developer is a potential target. For every high profile security breach you hear about, there are thousands more you don’t.
It seems every time you turn on the news, you hear about another high profile security breach. And yet most people still won’t take even the most basic steps to secure their apps, online accounts, and mobile devices. We always think it won’t happen to us -- until it does. Small businesses and app developers aren’t very different. They’re constantly striving to meet deadlines, pushing themselves to release the latest, greatest apps ahead of their competition.
Think your mobile application is secure because users must use a password, or because you use some encryption? Think again. Mobile application security is constantly evolving. This makes it a complex undertaking demanding ongoing attention. It’s not something you can just set and forget.
Anyone familiar with what we do here at AppSolid knows how much we value mobile application security. It is, after all, our business to increase the knowledge base and protection of today’s mobile applications. In fact, the need for comprehensive security measures has never been stronger, with cyberattacks seemingly occurring more often than ever before.
When you are building a mobile application, it is essential that you take the necessary steps to test all aspects of it. The internet is an incredibly insecure place and it is very easy for people’s privacy to be compromised if their devices are not properly protected. When it comes to application security, testing isn't a one and done process.
Mobile application security. If you’re an app developer, this term should not only be familiar to you but should actively inform every step of your development. In recent years, mobile devices like smart phones and tablets have become such an essential part of everyday life that research shows smart phones in particular are the predominant tools consumers use to connect online.
You know that your clients care about mobile application security, and perhaps a commitment to security has even become a way to set yourself apart from the competition. Yet it’s easy for mobile application security to become little more than another industry buzzword. Securing the apps you develop is good for business -- both yours and others. It’s also good for the world. Here’s why.
The mobile app economy is growing rapidly. The convenience of using apps has made it so everyone is trying to come up with the best new functional app for society. Yet, many developers are being faced with the awakening of what an insecure app can cost them.
When it comes to phones, users are divided. On one side there are people who are adamant that Android phones are the absolute best thing a person could ever purchase to make calls and watch cat videos. On the other side, there are those that are faithful as can be to iOS phones -- even when the prices skyrocket and they’ll save a month’s pay to scurry to the store for the latest iPhone that barely has any new features compared with the previous version.
In the public imagination, hacking is inevitably a crime. Poorly socialized hackers lurk in basements across the globe, just itching to access a bank account or dream up a new Nigerian prince to steal identities. People more familiar with computer culture know that hacking, like so many other things, exists on a continuum.
It’s amazing to think back on the rapid proliferation of mobile technology over the past few years. Smartphones really only took hold with the introduction of the original iPhone in 2007, and yet, already mobile devices have become the most popular way in which consumers connect to the internet.
Mobile app security is becoming a highly popular topic on the internet as hackers continue to infect developer’s products. Hackers keep on changing their tactics left and right and it seems nearly impossible to keep up with their game.
It’s astonishing to stop and consider just how quickly mobile technology has risen to the forefront. In just a decade or so, smartphones and tablets have become the most popular way in which people browse the internet, and accordingly, mobile applications are bigger than ever before.
Developers have contributed more than 2.2 million mobile apps to the Google Play store, and more than 2 million apps to the Apple App store. This meteoric rise of apps has encouraged a flood of app developers to get in on the game.
We use them every single day, and yet, despite the pervasive role that mobile applications play in our lives, we offer our trust to this technology oftentimes without question. Well, regardless of how incredibly convenient it is to play a round of Candy Crush or check your Facebook page on your smartphone or mobile device, the fact remains that every action a user takes on these devices could potentially leave them vulnerable to hackers waiting for the right moment to pounce.
It’s the most important ingredient in your app’s infrastructure, and yet, many developers fail to effectively keep it safe. Source code is, of course, the fundamental bit of coding that is intended to be accessed at the programming level before being converted into the machine code that sets up your app’s functionality. Although many easy-to-implement methods exist to institute at least a modicum of protection for your source code, it remains largely a mystery in the eyes of some.
Gartner's Market Guide for Application Shielding provides a better understanding of the application shielding market and its offerings.
“Hackers.” Even without the details, it’s a term that already has a sense of ominousness to it. But for mobile application developers, hackers pose a very significant threat, one that has the potential to completely decimate your business and delegitimize everything your team has worked so hard to build.
Fifteen years ago, the danger of app piracy was nowhere in anyone’s consciousness. The tech savvy among us were still trying to convince loved ones not to give money to foreign princesses promising millions, or to -- please, for the love of everything -- stop clicking every link in every email. The security climate of today would have seemed like a dream come true to the hackers, criminals and other technological evildoers of yesteryear.
Building a mobile application is a long and arduous process, we know. Between designing the concept and tools of your app and developing the code itself, there’s so much work that goes into such a project before a launch ever occurs. Yet, despite the fact that it ultimately results in adding even more lead time to your app, we cannot stress enough the vital role that mobile application security plays in your app’s long-term prospects.
By now, most developers of mobile applications should be well-versed in the art of encryption. After all, the process is so key to protecting various facets of your business -- from the codes to web server communications -- that comprehensive encryption is no longer even enough to establish a security system that effectively keeps hackers at bay.
Chances are, you’d have a hard time coming up with a popular business or website that hasn’t carefully cultivated a mobile presence. Even if they don’t have their own mobile app (a percentage that is rising significantly with each passing year), they almost certainly have a mobile-optimized version of their site to offer customers. The internet, after all, has greatly changed how we consume information, and in keeping with the fast pace and short attention span of modern consumers, businesses have arisen to meet those needs with a streamlined version of their sites customized for a smoother, more efficient customer experience.
At this stage in the technology age, we’ve become accustomed to just how quickly the tools we use to connect online and with each other can evolve. Just a decade after the introduction of the very first iPhone, smartphones have become a way of life, paving the way for the popularization of tablets and the rise of mobile technology into the number one way consumers spend their time on the internet.
It’s astonishing when you stop to consider how integral online communication has become to virtually every facet of our daily lives. Every day, consumers connect again and again to the internet with little regard for the inherent risks of all this activity. Security breaches, after all, are regular occurrences, and no one can ever be absolutely sure whether their data is safe from hackers and other malicious users. When a security breach occurs, it could often mean disastrous personal and professional consequences, costs made so much worse now that mobile devices are a way of life for the majority of the population.
Have you ever worked on a high-priority project, only to discover late in the game that you’ve neglected one of the most fundamental elements in its long-term success? If so, then you certainly remember what a headache it was to rectify that oversight after the fact. That’s exactly what mobile app security is turning out to be for many developers: a key ingredient in a successful app that is vastly underestimated and often disregarded during the initial development process.
Mobile hacking. Those two words are enough to send shivers down the spine of any developer. As smartphones and tablets have risen in popularity, mobile apps have become the go-to way that consumers connect online, and hackers accordingly have developed more and more innovative ways to slither into your code for their own nefarious purposes. For the sake of both your team and your users, it’s become more imperative than ever before for you to safeguard against the mounting threats to your mobile app.
It seems like another massive cybersecurity breach occurs every time we blink an eye. From Yahoo to Nintendo, it appears that no one is safe from the persistence of hackers determined to worm their way into existing systems and exploit them for their own ends. Security has never been more paramount than it is today, especially considering how prevalent technology has become in our everyday lives. So much of our sensitive data is kept on our computers and mobile devices as well as in the cloud. Users simply cannot afford to leave their data unguarded.
As mobile applications have continued to grow in popularity, developing innovative ways to provide much-needed security has become more and more vital to the long-term success of any app. After all, a data leak often has disastrous effects on your business, leading to mistrust with customers and a general lack of faith in the quality of your service.
Mobile app security continues to be a hot-button topic. Many developers are continually scrambling to keep up with the changing tactics of hackers, and the mission to fortify their apps against attack has never seemed as challenging or as important as it does now. In fact, many app developers are so burdened by the significance of ensuring that their security is top-notch that they simply don’t know where to start.
It is undeniable how dependent individuals, businesses, or any organized group for that matter, have become on mobile devices. Quite often the use of these devices includes the storage of sensitive data such as: passwords, credit card numbers, account records, or any other type of information that should be known only to the owner and the people they trust.
The prevalence of mobile applications is on the rise, with more consumers than ever before surfing the internet on smartphones and tablets. Yet, despite this, many developers are still trying to catch up with the latest security issues plaguing the world of mobile app development. Naturally, the more popular a trend is, the more enticing a target it is for hackers and other malicious users, and at this stage, awareness is key in combating mobile security risks.
It is happening every day all over the world. Companies are getting blindsided by a hack that ends up costing them thousands of dollars in order to recover. The US National Cyber Security Alliance discovered that 60% smaller businesses are not able to keep their companies afloat for over 6 months after being attacked. About 4,000 businesses are being hit per day and the hackers are only getting more creative. Once they get in, they have access to all of the company’s secrets and confidential plans. Every company is at risk, no matter how big or small.
“I have an app for that!” This refrain is becoming increasingly common, and yet, despite how ubiquitous mobile applications are becoming in nearly every aspect of our lives, some developers still fail to place the necessary emphasis on security. Even if your app is tricked out with every feature imaginable and emerges leagues ahead of its nearest competition, all of that effort and ingenuity will go to waste without the protection to keep your users and your coding safe.
Developers may be actively looking for a fresh niche within the suddenly crowded mobile application market, but in their search for an exciting new product, many fail to recognize the essential role that security plays. Sure, mobile apps have never been hotter. Yet, along with the decisive upswing of the format’s technology, there comes a greater risk of malicious hackers trying to exploit all the hard work your team has put into creating something special for users.
Can you guarantee your mobile app is safe? Would you even consider such a guarantee? The answer is likely a resounding no, given the threatening climate today’s app developers face.
Mobile application hacks are, quite literally, everywhere. There are millions of hacks or attempted hacks each day, and as the number of mobile applications grow, so too will the number of hacking attempts. For hackers hoping to make it big, a mobile application hack is ultimately a game of numbers.
A cyber attack can destroy your business, your reputation, your brand, and your bank account in the blink of an eye. One moment you’re soaring high, celebrating your successes. And the next, you’re the subject of bad publicity, angry customers, and seemingly endless data leaks.
The rise and proliferation of mobile technology has truly been remarkable to behold. In just a few short years, smartphones and mobile applications have become the norm. Virtually every business has established its own app and is actively competing to find new and innovative ways to leverage this technology to boost consumer engagement. Yet, despite this mad dash to win and retain customers, many app developers have failed to place the necessary emphasis on application security.
Developing mobile applications isn’t for everyone. Aside from the technical skill and industry proficiency necessary to remain competitive in this arena, mobile app development requires a constant vigilance. A hyper-awareness of the latest trends is an expected prerequisite for most professions, but when the security of your app and the safety of your users is on the line, keeping a close eye on what the future has in store becomes a top priority.
The risks of using the internet to carry out all of your important transactions are starting to become known by every type of individual. It isn’t just large corporations that need to be concerned, the most random people are finding that their credit cards are being used for major purchases somewhere across the country and viruses are taking hold of the most unsuspecting systems.
DoS and DDoS attacks are all over the news and becoming more sophisticated by the year. In case you haven’t heard of them yet, DoS stands for ‘denial of service’. This type of attack usually consists of a massive amount of requests sent to a website to view its pages all at the same time. This overwhelms the system with data and causes it to crash or become inoperable. As a result, the users of this site are no longer able to access it and carry out its usual uses.
Ignoring problems won’t make them disappear. Yet that’s precisely the tack many mobile app developers take when looking at the vulnerabilities their apps face. It doesn’t matter if your app is small or large, whether or not you’re a security expert, or whether you’ve been hacked before. Sooner or later, someone will take advantage of mobile application vulnerabilities to attack your app. If it’s not properly secured, then both you and your customers are in for a bumpy ride that may include bad publicity, lost time and money, and perhaps even lawsuits.
OWASP is among the longest running security projects, with collaborators in nations across the globe, and an open-source community actively dedicated to improving digital security. But what exactly is OWASP? If you’re in the technology business long enough, it’s hard not to hear about the loosely organized group. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), which is now buoyed by the OWASP Foundation and a Board, has played a vital role in Internet life for two decades. Here’s how it works.
Stealing user information is something that occurs frequently in the hacking scene. Hackers can leverage this sensitive data to gain access to other channels and create further damages. Yahoo experienced a major hacking attack that stole over 500 million users’ information two years ago. The Department of Justice announced today that the usages of stolen user information from Yahoo are linked with Russia.
The Internet might seem like it runs itself, and to a certain extent, it does -- at least, that’s the case when everything is programmed correctly and there are no major cyber attacks. But a simple human error has the capacity to take down an entire website. Less frequently, a small error can take down much of the web. That’s what happened with last week’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) error which, surprisingly, had nothing to do with a cyber attack.
So you’ve taken your mobile application from idea to execution. It’s been a long road of sleepless nights, countless hours of attention to detail and much strife just to make your passion project a reality, but it’s finally live. Now imagine that all of your effort and hard work was for nothing, that your brainchild has been attacked and violated by malicious users looking to exploit your code for their own.
Mobile technology is fast becoming the predominant way in which consumers engage with the internet. One would think that mobile apps are routinely outfitted with security measures effective enough to keep malicious users away from the endless sensitive user data that is transmitted across apps on an ongoing basis. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case, at least not always.
Your app doesn’t exist without your source code. That’s the bottom line. Your source code is the very basis for everything that your users experience when they log into your app. You would think that keeping such a deeply integral part of your programming under wraps would be considered the highest of priorities. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case, as source code protection is woefully under-recognized as a key element that every developer should hold dear. Especially with so many malicious hackers out there vying to attack your application, there’s no way that any developer should let his or her hard work remain so vulnerable.
In today’s age of malware and increasingly persistent hackers, software developers are often faced with more challenges than ever before. The hard work you’ve put into developing your mobile app has perhaps never been under attack more heavily than it is now, especially when the widespread accessibility of sensitive data is taken into account.
As much as mobile applications have proven to be a pervasive part of everyday life, the rise of this technology has, of course, been plagued by issues of its own, namely those involving the risks of a potential security breach. Because consumers are increasingly comfortable with inputting sensitive information on their smartphones and tablets, such devices are prime targets for those wishing to exploit any lingering vulnerabilities within the programming of these apps. As developers, it’s your responsibility to guard against these attacks. So let’s review some of the key concepts to help you prevent your app from being the next on the hacker hit list.
It’s hard out here for an independent app developer. Yes, apps are perhaps more mainstream than ever before, and one might assume that this means a more lucrative future for those who dare to go it alone. While not everyone in the industry believes it’s prudent to remain unattached to the corporate side of the industry, you may yet have a fighting chance for your passion project to take off like you’d always dreamed. If you are vying to remain firmly independent in your app-developing endeavors, here are some tips you should keep on the top of your mind.
Yahoo recently notified its members that their system had been hacked sometime in the past two years and warned them to take certain precautions to protect their data. While it is apparent that the company has actually known about the hack for sometime now, this is the third time that Yahoo has reported an attack on their security system in the past year.
Over 600 million people using smartphones are unaware of the fact that they are at an extremely high risk of being hacked. Their risk is greatly due to the fact that they have apps on their phones that allow an unlimited amount of login attempts. It doesn’t take very long for a hacker to guess a person’s password, and once they do they have access to everything that was so trustingly placed into a place that was supposed to be personal private property. How is one to know that the app they are using isn’t safe to use? Or better yet, maybe you have built your own app.
Clichés exist for a reason. Nowhere is this more true than in the admonition that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sure, you could do damage control after a hack. But why would you want to? With criminals across the globe doggedly attempting to hack everything from free apps to government bodies, a hack is a near inevitability if you don’t take aggressive security precautions. You can hack-proof your business, thereby avoiding the miseries of a hacking scandal. Here’s what you need to know for a blissfully hack-proof existence.
If you believe Hollywood, hacking is basically magic. Press a button, say a few magic words about binary code, and watch money flow into your bank account, nuclear weapons launch, or personal information become readily available.
Stories of app developers who went from rags to riches working in their parents’ garage are enough to inspire anyone to develop an app. But app development isn’t as easy as it seems, and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. The app development part is the simplest step in the process. Everything that comes after can prove quite challenging. Mobile app security is one of the most important factors to consider. It’s also one of the most challenging issues to manage.
Your good reputation is your most valuable business asset -- or is it? Sometimes the best way to succeed is to stay out of the public eye while quietly doing quality work. Mobile app development companies aren’t all famous, even when they’re turning a tiny profit. So if you think you need to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in marketing, think again. Some of the best mobile app development companies are businesses you’ve never heard of.
Life as a developer is full of hiccups. The bumps in the road extend far beyond your work life, too. Weird hours, pressure to quickly create a product, and financial uncertainty can wreak havoc on your family, your health, and your financial bottom line.
A cyber breach, sometimes called a data breach, has the power to quickly throw your business -- and possibly your life -- into disarray. In most cases, you won’t even know that a data breach has occurred until your customers are already at risk.
There is a lot of sensitive information that is being handled with mobile apps these days. Whether you are an individual who does all of your check deposits and banking through your phone or you run a large company with it’s own app, the data being handled is not something you can afford to leave unprotected.
Our world is ruled by our mobile devices. The most successful businesses have found out how to tap into today’s app network and noticed the effects it has on their customer relations and overall profit. Because of this, hacking has become much more popular and an even larger concern.
For anyone working in the tech space, there’s little doubt that mobile applications are here to stay. The convenience and modest prices of most apps make them an easy way for consumers to engage with the businesses they love and to enrich their lives with fun, entertaining or useful tools they can add to their technological arsenal.
In an increasingly competitive mobile app development landscape, most developers’ first priority is getting apps to the customer as soon as possible. This quick roll out may drum up early interest and rapid sales, but can haunt you in the long-term. Mobile app hacks ruin businesses, destroy reputations, and could even land you in legal trouble.
In just the past few years, the use of mobile apps has seemingly infiltrated every aspect of our daily life. No matter what a consumer is looking to do on their always-handy smartphone or tablet, several different mobile apps are probably already on the market that specialize in fulfilling that very specific need.
The fact that so much these days centers on technology is both a gift and a curse. While modern comforts like the internet and smartphones make life far easier and more convenient than ever before, they also open up a whole new arena of threats that need to be accounted for, especially when it comes to the ever-popular world of mobile apps.
Mobile apps are hacked on a near-constant basis. Somewhere right now, someone is attempting to hack one of your apps. Someone else has already hacked an app or two. And thousands of app users are learning that their data has been compromised. Mobile app hacks can be costly to your business and pose significant inconveniences. They can also place your customers in danger.
Mobile app developers face an increasingly challenging development environment. Not only are there more apps than ever to compete with; a virtual army of hackers endeavors to destroy what you’ve created with an array of security dangers to your mobile apps. From stealing customer data to hacking your servers, your app exposes you and your users to a seemingly infinite array of threats.
Your mobile apps are under near-constant attack from more people than you might realize: mischievous adolescent hackers who only want to see if it can be done; terrorists looking to undermine our nation’s largest businesses; local and foreign criminals eager to steal your information and your credit cards. The list is seemingly endless, and constantly growing. Mobile app security trends and predictions can save your business.
98% of mobile apps aren’t secured against hacking threats. 75% fail even the most basic security tests, and 96% can easily be reverse engineered. Let that sink in for a moment. That means that almost all of the apps on the market today directly threaten the financial, emotional, and even physical well-being of their users. For app developers, this presents a dire warning: secure your apps now, or place your customers in danger, thereby losing their business and your reputation.
Mobile application security experts detect hundreds of threats per hour, with more than 6,000 per hour coming from China alone. Shockingly, for the first time in human history, there are now more mobile devices than there are people living on Earth. Consumers also spend 87% of their phone time using mobile apps, creating plenty of opportunities for security breaches.
Every industry is rapidly realizing the incredible benefits that mobile apps provide. At the same time, this realization could result in dangerous dilemmas. Mobile apps are an extremely smart and beneficial addition to your company/organization, but failing to set up security for them at the same time is the same as offering your business’s delicate material out on a silver platter with a sign that says, “take advantage of me, I’m wide open and ripe for the picking.”
We all know there are some real vultures out there. Every time the good guys come up with a new way to protect us, they swoop in and immediately find a counter attack. No one is invincible to their game. 56% of the top 100 paid apps for Apple IOS have been hacked. The fact that the average person carries most of their life around in their mobile device makes that number incredibly daunting.
Seworks, a mobile security startup that serves to protect apps from hacks, has raised $8.2 million in a Series A round from SoftBank Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Smilegate Investment, and Wonik Investment Partners.
Founded out of San Francisco in 2013 by a “globally famous” team of white-hat hackers, Seworks’ main customer-facing brand is actually AppSolid, a product that developers use to scan and diagnose any vulnerabilities within their apps and to monitor the security status in real time.
There's an app for everything. From monitoring health to scanning documents, and with options to play, work, and communicate in every imaginable fashion, consumers are gobbling apps up like candy. These apps are a growing security threat to businesses, consumers, and even to app developers themselves.
Seventy-three percent of Americans have been victims of some form of cyber crime. Ninety percent of businesses fell prey to some form of hacking in the last year. Developers, consumers, and law enforcement are in a perpetual battle with cyber criminals. And the good guys are losing. Even mobile apps that appear to be secure are often more vulnerable than developers think.
The average consumer spends nearly three hours a day on mobile devices, with 86% of that time devoted to mobile apps. This provides plenty of opportunities for security threats to attack consumers' identities, bank accounts, and privacy. Yet less than half of app development companies security test each app they build, and 33% never test any apps at all.
Mobile technology has made life infinitely more convenient in recent years, and yet, this phenomenon brings with it a set of challenges all its own. Principal among them is the heightened need for comprehensive security measures to keep users’ information and activity safe from prying eyes.
With the advent of smartphones and tablets, consumers are spending more and more of their time connected to the world through mobile technology. The convenience of having these handheld devices on hand to surf the internet, communicate with loved ones and conduct business have contributed greatly to the proliferation of mobile apps.