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How to Secure Mobile Apps Using the Best Anti-Hacking Software

Nov 29, 2016 8:04:59 AM / by Sung Cho

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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.

Consumers rely on developers to deliver secure products, but all too often, those developers fall down on the job by failing to deliver secure mobile apps. Ninety-seven percent of mobile apps don't use binary protection, and 75% of mobile apps fail even the most basic security tests. AppSolid aims to protect consumers by helping developers secure their mobile apps with the best anti-hacking solution.

Protecting your customers is about more than just Googling a program, installing it, and then forgetting about it. Here's what you need to know to secure your mobile app.

Know That Security Begins Before Your App is Complete

Developers must balance the need for security with an increasingly demanding marketplace. Apps come and go more quickly than ever, and exhaustive security testing often takes a backseat to releasing a newer, faster app as quickly as possible. Don't fall into this trap. You can provide secure apps and release your programs quickly.

Test your mobile app security at each stage of development, rather than waiting till you have a completed product. This makes it easier to address problems before they snowball out of control. It also saves you time, by ensuring you don't have to rewrite massive portions of your app.

Establish Anti-Hacking Protocols With the Right Programs

You probably need more than one program to protect your app, and the devices it utilizes. Mobile application management (MAM) allows you to control which apps can access your coding. MAM also allows your staff to use a central hub to access and track mobile apps.

Installing anti-malware software on devices that use your app offers further protection. Data encryption, of course, remains vital to mobile app security. The ability to remotely remove data or files from a program further protects your customers in the event that they lose a device on which your app is located.

The best anti-hacking programs, like the apps they protect, must constantly evolve to address and thwart new threats. AppSolid provides cloud-based protection, and continually adds new features for developers of a range of apps. For example, our new AppSolid Plugin for Unity offers source code protection and memory hacking prevention. Developers can apply advanced security directly from the Unity developer environment.

Embrace Binary Hardening

Binary protection is a cornerstone of mobile app security. A hacker can wreak utter havoc through an attack called reverse engineering. This method allows a cyber criminal to learn how your app is made, and compromise it.

After an app is reverse engineered, it’s very easy to be modified and abused in numerous ways. For instance, one app might be used to exploit another app, as was the case with the well-known Internet Explorer-Safari exploit that targeted Windows computers with Apple web browsers. Improperly configured permissions can also render your app vulnerable.

Binary protection, which is one of AppSolid’s security functions, is necessary to protect apps from known exploits. AppSolid's approach does not require any integration, and protects all key binary files. AppSolid offers anti-tampering and anti-memory hacking modules, ensuring that mobile apps are secured against common exploits.

Continually Update Security Protections

Hacking is a dynamic practice. The exploit of yesterday might not work today, which means the security protections of the past likely won't work in the future. Savvy app developers must continually produce patches to address emerging security concerns. Not only does this require developers to remain abreast of emerging threats; it also necessitates that customers will actually use the patches. A security update is useless if only a small portion of consumers install it.

Packaging desirable software updates alongside security patches is one way to ensure customers update your app. Another option is to require security updates before customers can login to the app or use all of its features.

AppSolid assists developers to remain on top of emerging threats. We provide developers with real-time usage data and threat alerts, and offer the option to shut down fraud and compromised installs with a single click.

Topics: Mobile App Security, Anti Hacking Software

Sung Cho

Written by Sung Cho

VP, Growth & Strategy