In the past year alone, consumers downloaded 204 billion mobile apps onto their devices, and the number is further expected to grow in the coming years. These projections are based on rapid growth in mobile phone users each year. In the current year, the total number of mobile phone users worldwide is expected to reach 4.78 billion. These numbers entail higher competition in the mobile app market. Mobile app developers in UAE and others are known for outsourcing countries that are likely to come up with better, faster and safer apps to retain and increase their market share.
Mobile Security Importance – Are We Actually Aware of It?
What was once a means of entertainment in the form of gaming applications, has now converted into a source of everyday operations – be it the form of adding convenience to the execution of personal or professional tasks. Mobile apps can be seen taking over all the sectors of life. People now use mobile phones for numerous tasks which involve storing and transferring sensitive data such as credit card information, banking information, social security number, and passwords.
Taking into consideration that mobile phone apps often requires to access a number of mobile phones’ features to provide the best services, one can never be too cautious. An example is the continuous and precise device location information requested by many apps (weather, WhatsApp, Uber, etc.). Other examples include personal health metrics recorded by apps like Fitbit and physical sensors in Touch ID. These are major security and privacy concerns as data can be accessed by unauthorized users hacking into the apps with malicious content. Due to the shared coding languages, mobile phones are at risk of the same vulnerabilities, attacks, and threats as computers of breaches by malicious software like Trojan horse programs, spyware, viruses, and worms.
What Type of Threats Are We Talking About?
During the past year, there have been countless cyber-attacks and malicious efforts that have preyed on the vulnerability of mobile apps to illegally access or misuse information. This has taken a toll on businesses. In fact, a report showcased by Forbes on the presence of high-risk vulnerabilities in 38% iOS mobile applications, and in 43% of Android applications reveals the real security threat we are under. Furthermore, data from the first half of 2019 alone showed that cyber-attacks targeting smartphones and other mobile devices have risen by 50% in comparison to the previous year. Thus, the main focus of mobile app developers in the year 2020 is definitely going to be the assurance of security.
Mobile app security focuses on measuring and defending mobile device apps from digital frauds and threats. Some common forms of cyber-attacks on your app security are:
- Data Leakage
- Broken Cryptography
- Improper Session Handling
All You Need For a Secure App Development
- Secure Coding: Make your code tough by obfuscating and compressing it, so that the hackers cannot reverse engineer it.
- Encryption of Data: All units of data exchanged or present on your app should be encrypted.
- Practicing Caution with Libraries: It is important for mobile app developers to use controlled internal repositories, as well as exercise policy controls to protect their apps when using a third-party.
- Using Authorized APIs: Unauthorized APIs or those that are loosely coded can result in hackers gaining access privileges, which can be misused in many ways, such as, caching authorization information locally.
- Maintaining High-Level Authentication: Authentication refers to personal identifiers and passwords that act as barriers to entry against unauthorized access. Use alphanumeric, multi-factor authentication or OTP for stronger barrier.
- Deploying Active Tamper-Detection:Active tamper-detection needs to be deployed to ensure that the code doesn’t function if modified. Also, alerts can be set to trigger notifications on the injection of malicious code.
Instilling these practices and techniques in your app development process can help you create a secure app. When getting an app made for your business, be sure that the developers set extra security measures in place, so that your users’ personal and financial information, as well as their mobile’s software health, is safe. If your app is unsafe, then not only will it risk your client base and reputation, but it can also lead to sensitive company information being leaked or ransom attacks.
Mobile apps that don’t have proper security measures in place are at high risk of malicious threats and cyber-attacks that can cost a business a lot in damages, as well as a loss of clientele and reputation.
Creating a secure app is just the first step. You still need to constantly follow software updates, and test for any bugs and vulnerabilities, which immediately need to be fixed.