Integrating security protocols in mobile app development ensures the safety of the resulting application. These days, security is the most important concern for mobile apps for the obvious reasons. As the mobile app market has grown tremendously in the past few years, the concern for the security is growing in the similar manner. And, it is important too to secure the mobile apps in order to protect them against hacking attempts.
There had been a series of sophisticated attacks even on the most secured Mobile Applications, which is a concern for the developers out there. As per the stats, the worldwide population of smartphone users will reach to a whopping 2 billion & the worth for the industry will go around $77 billion by the end of the 2017. This implies - the more the smartphones the greater the hacking attempts.
A Look on the Stats from the Recent Survey on Mobile Applications
An Extended Note on the Security Threats to Apps
App Store Security Threats
The type of platform used for mobile app development does impact the overall Security of the application. Almost 90% of applications are found to have some kind of vulnerability issues. Talking particular about iOS, Apple takes the app security as a very prominent aspect of overall mobile app development process. However, Android mobile app development is found to have some glitches in the similar procedure.
Threats to Cross Devices
Cross-device threats occur when app stores allow users to download applications from desktop device to add them later to mobiles. A number of security glitches in the procedure add up to the threats to cross devices.
Single Device Use
The security of single devices should be taken as an important consideration when a user frequently uses his/her device for signing in to different accounts. The corporate information that is stored in the smartphone should also be accessed through secured measures.
Practices to Secure Mobile App Development Procedure
Securing the App Code
In order to protect the app codes, there is no method better than encrypting them. A number of modern algorithms have already been developed using which developers can provide an added layer of security to the applications.
Including Authentication and Identification in APIs
API identification and authentication is a way to secure login in the application. It is important to ensure that app’s API is providing access only to the required parts of the application. This helps to minimize the security threats.
Backend Security to the Application
Servers have important data that needs security. Thus, the APIs that are accessing the servers should be verified for security concerns before they access the critical client data.
Testing is the last rescue for every developer to rectify the bugs in any existing application. With the same reason the repeated testing of an application matters the most.
In the past few years Mobile App Development Companies have started taking app security much seriously. As the cases of cyber attacks are growing tremendously, no company can afford to forgo the security of an application as this is similar to ruin the image of the brand.
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