8 Important Steps To Secure Your Mobile App

Performance and Security Testing

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Mobile apps are of great help when it comes to money transactions, booking tickets etc. But, have you ever wondered how safe these apps are? There are a lot of hackers waiting for a chance to steal valuable user information such as credit card and bank details. So, it is important for apps to be secured.

You may be well aware of what hackers can do to a software or application. They steal data, create duplicate stuff and can even take hold of personal assets including money. Not if you can secure the mobile applications with the following 8 steps:

STEP 1 – Secure the source code

 It is possible that the app is exposed to vulnerabilities at the development stage.

  • Always protect the application with encryption
  • Scan the source code for vulnerabilities
  • Application code should be easy to update and rebuild and should be portable between devices and OS.
  • Be aware of app file size, running time, memory, data and battery when securing the app. Having better security but losing performance of app or users is not what you want.
  • Do not rely on app store approval; it may or may not be accurate

STEP 2 – Have security measures to protect data and deny unauthorized access

Verify Application Programming Interface (API) to prevent transfer of sensitive data in wrong hands

  • Create encrypted containers to store data safely
  • Data encryption and encrypted connections through virtual private network is extra secure

STEP 3 – Identifications, Authentication, and Authorization

  • The authentication and authorization technology of API add an extra layer of security.
  • Ensure that the APIs used in the app allow access only to the most important parts of your application.
  • OAuth2 is a new framework that helps in building strong security connections. installing this in the server and customizing according to the needs  will let the user permissions to collect credentials between client and end user.
  • OpenID Connect will allow the user to use the same credentials that have been used once for multiple domains, with one ID.

STEP 4 – Activate a good mobile encryption policy

  • Use file-level encryption.
  • Align the codes of application as the passwords and data are not directly saved in the device. In case they have to be stored, make sure that they are encrypted.

STEP 5 – Implement a strong API security strategy

  • Follow the security measures for a well-built API security i.e. identifications, authentication and authorization
  • Ensuring API is very important

STEP 6 – Test, test and test again

  • Never get tired of testing.
  • Test the data security problems and session managements
  • Penetration testing helps to solve the weakness of system
  • Emulators will explain the performance of an app in any device or OS under a stimulated environment

STEP 7 – Alert User

 Developers and testers can’t always be a user’s protectors. In that case,

  • Include sufficient pointers if any kind of vulnerability detected
  • Warn the users to download only from authorized sites

STEP 8 – With BYOD policy, be alert and use some extra precaution

 Some companies allow employees to use their own devices and this open network system will lead to more security threats.

  • Activate a virtual private network system for more secure connection
  • Protect devices with anti-virus, firewall and anti-spam
  • Only allow authorized devices
  • Block transactions from rooted and jail breaking devices

By following these 8 steps diligently, your mobile app can be secured in general. You can also get a professional tester to ensure your app is secure.

But no app can be 100% secure, and this means constant monitoring and timely testing with bug fixing is the best way to ensure maximum safety of your app.



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