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Designing a Mobile App? Factored in these Security Essentials?

The advent of thousands of apps everyday on the app stores raises with it questions about its security. If you think this issue revolves only round newly released apps then you are mistaken. Out of the popular ‘Top 100’ categories apps, 78% were hacked at one time or the other. The best way to circumvent these issues is to keep in mind these 6 security essentials at time of app development by iPhone Application Development Company in India.

1. Don’t fit in security later – Consider incorporating security measures during app design stage itself. Steps like picking up codes from internet forums, using JBOH scripts, help in adding a truckload of vulnerabilities on your programs. These should be avoided at all costs or handled with care by mobile application development companies in Mumbai. Muscle up your app development and coding practices across the organization and you will be saved from a lot of troubles later.

2. Comprehensive testing – Either you do a complete series of testing necessary or open up your app to attacks and hacks. There is no middle way. Code should be inspected regularly when they’re manageable, before they end up being a huge pile of thousands of lines of codes. This regular testing should be made a mandatory part of design lifecycle, and should factor in running of apps and monitoring network traffic.

3. Smart management of libraries – Third party libraries save a lot of work for developers. However malicious codes within libraries are adequate to ruin your mobile app development project. Hence you need to strike a balance between the amount of time saved by the library and template files, versus the time needed to check and monitor them.

4. Strong encryption – Badly implemented data encryption has proven to be a weak point especially for mobile app development company India. Starbucks mobile app’s 2014 issue of storing passwords in clear text is a case in point.  Also a deeper level of SSL testing is needed to ensure that SSL certificates are verified and TrustManager is functioning correctly.

5. Server side vulnerabilities – Most APIs assume that server access will be requested by and granted only to the mobile app. Hence they keep the server side security low. However, what actually happens in the real world, is that a host of other applications, unauthorized users, and malicious hackers to try to breach the server. Hence, server access needs to be beefed up to ensure verification of all APIs and implement industry standard security measures.

6. Client Inputs – Checks on the source and type of input is critical to ensure that the app accepts data only from trusted and verified input sources. These access points need to make it impossible for attackers to gain access to cookies or environment variables. Not heeding this point can bring down even the best of organizations. Remember the Skype security flaw of 2012? It allowed attackers to access Skype application and dial numbers of their choice (at the legit user’s expense).   

Do you know of any other security factors as one of the mobile application development companies in Mumbai? Do write in to us and let us know.

 Team Intellika

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