Categories: Developers / iOS / Mobile Apps
Anyone in app development can tell you how essential mobile app security is.
But security vulnerabilities are widespread. Up to 90% of apps show vulnerability to at least 2 top-10 identified security risks.
Poor security can result in:
- Data theft
- Unwanted access to private assets
- Malware injections
- Back-end network access
Let’s look at how security-minded app development can reduce outside threats, compromised data and identity theft.
Multi-factor verificationPasswords can be phished or cracked. 2-Factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to an app. It does this by asking users to input both a password or PIN and also prove they have access to a linked device such as a phone. People in app development agree that it’s an invaluable way to add an extra layer of security to an app. You’ll see it widely used among financial apps, including those from Vanguard and Wells Fargo.
Binary code protection
Some 98% of apps lack binary code protection. This puts them at risk of exploits. Attackers can tamper with code or backward engineer it to gain access to databases, steal customer information or even access the source code. Obfuscation, root protection, SSL pinning and tamper detection can help “harden” binary code.
Transport layer protection
Transport layer protection shields communications across a network. Inadequate protection can give third parties access to sensitive data, while unencrypted data can be intercepted, changed or redirected. Applying and maintaining SSL/TLS protocols can help keep data safe from attacks. SSL certificates should be up to date and use high cypher strengths, and ideally any sensitive data sent through the SSL channel should be encrypted first.
Secure cloud connectionsUsing a single, central repository for an app’s data storage has inherent risks, so choosing a cloud provider that offers multiple levels of protection is key. Protections include API authentication and encryption, firewall configurations, penetration testing and use of VPNs. Of course, it’s not just the cloud that needs to be secure. Data heading to the cloud should be encrypted – and only essential data should be uploaded in the first place.
Stats and analytics
Stats and analytics might not sound like hard-hitters. But firms in app development will agree that real-time analytics data provides essential insight into potential threats to an app’s security. Analytics can detect attacks and their locations, and can alert you and your users to potential security risks. Some apps contain measures to evade run-time tampering, while others terminate when a security compromise is detected.
VIt’s easy to focus on the utility of an app. But we also need to be mindful of the security risks they bring, and strike a balance between convenience, functionality and security. So stay safe, and keep your apps secure with smart app development.