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Mobile App Security: How To Tell If Your App Is In The Clear

Jan 6, 2017 8:45:49 AM / by Sung Cho

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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.

In many ways, it’s a golden age for information, but the tradeoff is that such data -- both yours and your users’ -- is continually at risk. With so much rampant access, mobile app security is more important than ever before, especially considering how many apps deal with sensitive user information as a central part of its operation. Accordingly, developers may be wondering where exactly the security of their own app stands.

Here are a few aspects of your mobile app you should bear in mind with regards to security measures:

Consider your app type and platform.

Although blanket terms such as “smartphone” and “tablet” (both used above, to be fair) are often employed to reference mobile devices, the fact is that whether your app uses iOS or Android actually makes a tremendous difference in how you approach security.

Each operating system will feature its own set of built-in protections that will guide you in building your own security coding. Moreover, each format for your app (native, web or hybrid) needs to have its own tailored testing system.

Ensure data storage security.

Since user data is oftentimes the object of hackers’ attack on mobile apps, it’s imperative that your app has precautions in place to keep it out of unsanctioned hands. A detailed vulnerability testing system can trace the data routes and identify any potential for data compromise. From there, you’ll be able to address the weak spots within your data storage and make your mobile app security that much stronger in the process.

Rein in your authentication.

As the goal in mobile app security is to keep hackers out of your app, it should stand to reason that authentication -- that is, controlling who is allowed access -- is an important aspect of your app that you definitely need to double-check to verify your security status.

Two-factor authentication offers a second layer for users, making it even more difficult for criminals to break into your app. Also, be careful how your app keeps track of passwords, as that process may need an upgrade as well.  

Review your certificates and permissions.

In the course of providing service to users, your mobile app will need to ask for specific information to customize the app experience, as such personalization is key to any successful mobile app.

However, be careful that you don’t over-complicate your security scenario by gathering more information that you really need. In addition, be sure that all of your security certificates -- such as the standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) -- are updated and ensuring that your mobile app is operating at peak performance.

Step Up Your Security

Although the above measures can help lay the groundwork for a thorough evaluation of your mobile app security, they really only represent the basics. To truly reinforce the security of your app, you need ongoing protection. After all, hackers are relentless and constantly developing new ways to circumvent the safeguards you may put in place to prevent them from tampering with your mobile app.

Having a service like AppSolid in your corner can provide the defense your app needs to remain inaccessible to those pursuing your coding. With our sophisticated security methods, you’ll be able to test and apply the necessary code to your app that will fortify your security and keep hackers’ hands off. But don’t delay -- every moment your mobile app is vulnerable is one in which those with malicious intent can strike.

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Topics: Mobile App Security, Mobile App Security Testing

Sung Cho

Written by Sung Cho

VP, Growth & Strategy