Tips for developers to prevent their apps from hacking


A recent report showed that 97 per cent of Android and iOS apps have been hacked, which has caused a stir among smartphone users. Mobile apps are growing more vulnerable to malicious attacks just like Web apps. So it’s high time that being a smartphone user you should think seriously about mobile apps security. There are several mobile application developers registered who are always trying to display their creativity in the industry. But the creative zone is attacked by malware and that’s why, first of all, app developers need to be cautious about the security practices while developing an app. Mobile app are also an entry point to trespass into the most secure areas of an enterprise. So here we have five tips for app developers to let them know how they can protect their apps

1. Security should be integrated during development time

While developing an app developers usually ignore the security part, which can tarnish their reputation too. Security should be present inside the system only. If developers start thinking about the security paradigms at the end of the development, then there might be some gaps. Developers who play an excellent part in the security aspect, are considered as excellent in app coding. But if someone neglects, then it’s more than just necessary that the codebase is rechecked for any possible bug and security gap.

2. Basics about security problems should be known

Every developer should learn what are the basic security threats for a mobile app. Reports like Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Mobile Top 10 can be useful in this case to acquire basic knowledge. Most critical security threats to mobile applications are detailed in these reports. Every year these reports are updated and developers should refer to these reports on regular basis. Developers who are new to the business should make it daily practice. Following these reports’ recommendations would guide developers a lot about which measures to adopt to ensure that their mobile apps are secure.

3. Adopt an already-tried security practice

Major operating systems usually have certified crypto frameworks which are strongly endorsed by experts. So it’s recommended that developers don’t invent their own security policies and instead apply those ones which have already been used and proved effective enough. If a developer makes their own security scheme, it’s likely to prove vulnerable to data breach incidents.

4. Protect data at rest

If any data is handled at rest, then it can lead to a vulnerable situation, especially when it’s any sensitive data. There are several options which defends your data at rest from attacks like as soon as possible delete all data and close everything and anything which is not required in the production environment. Also implement an asymmetric encryption solution. Encryption ensures your data at rest is secure as the device has no more those private keys which could decrypt the data.

5. Certificate pinning is must

Apple faced several problems with their iOS 7 and OS X bugs and developers can get a huge lesson from these kinds of discrepancies. This bug was not noticed by SSL certificate. So the certificate should be verified first from its source only to avoid similar attacks in future, which arrive during requests only.

Smartphones and tablets are more preferable by hackers which means mobile apps are in the bad books of the cyber threatening elements. If an app is not properly structured, it hardly matters how it fares. Developing a secure app is not aimed at the user’s security only, but it also protects the developer’s reputation as well as career aspirations.

Sources: efytimes.

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