Have you already got your mobile apps developed and now planning to launch it? Wait. Before you make your mobile apps public, you need to be sure about its security.
Mobile apps development is not the only thing that you need, but you do need a safe & secure app as well.
How you can ensure that your apps developer has taken all the necessary measures to make your application secure?
Firstly, you must know different ways in which an app developer can make any application secure so that you can check with him or her.
Here, I am going to share 8 such ways.
Let’s get started.
1. Make Use Of Finest Cryptography Techniques
It is crucial that your mobile apps developer make use of strong key management if you want to succeed in your encryption efforts.
Ensure that your apps developer is not in the habit of hard coding your keys as that will make it easy for hackers to steal them.
Always have your app developer store the keys using secure containers and not hold on to them locally on the device. They must make use of most trusted and latest APIs for hashing.
#2 Deploy Session Handling Properly
Sessions are held on for much longer in mobile devices as compared to desktops. This ends up making session management a real pain.
Therefore, your apps developer must make use of tokens in place of device-based identifiers for identifying a session.
It is easier to revoke tokens at any point in time, thus making it more secure in the case of stolen or lost devices.
Your app developer should also made provision for wiping out remote data when a device is lost/stolen and should also allow for a remote logoff.
#3 Provide Least Privileges
Your app developer should also ensure that the code executes only with the absolutely needed permissions and no more.
The app should not ask for any further privileges that the least required for it to work. For example, if you do not need access to contacts, do not ask for them. Your app should not make any unnecessary network connections.
#4 Make Use Of Tamper Detections Techniques
Your mobile apps developer should make use of the available techniques to send alerts when someone injects malicious code or tries to tamper with code in any way.
Active tamper detection techniques can be used by your app developer to make sure that your code will not work at all if it is meddled with.
#5 Make Use Of Authorized APIs
Do not make use of APIs that are not authorized.
They could have been loosely coded and can unintentionally result in the hacker getting access to privileges that they can gravely misuse.
Experts recommend that app developers should stick to using APIs that are centrally defined & authorized to achieve maximum security.
#6 Be Careful With Libraries
Your mobile apps developer should be double careful when making use of 3rd party libraries.
They should test their code thoroughly before making it part of your mobile application.
Though these libraries are very useful, they can prove to be highly insecure for your apps.
You must always ensure that your app developers are using controlled central repositories and are exercising tight policy controls during acquisition process to protect the apps from vulnerabilities introduced by such libraries.
#7 Use DATA Encryption
Your app developer should ensure that all units of data that are exchanged over your mobile application are encrypted.
Encryption process will scramble the plain text to a point where it no more than a vague alphabet stream which has no meaning to a hacker who does not have the right key to decrypt the data.
This means that you do not have to worry even if the data is stolen, as the criminals will not be able to read the data and make use of it.
#8 Write Secure Codes
Vulnerabilities and bugs left in the code by your app developer are typically the starting points for hackers to break into the application.
They will attempt reverse engineering of your code to tamper with it. All they need to have is a copy of your app.
Minify and obfuscate your code to it is hard to reverse engineer. Repeatedly test and fix any bugs you find in the process. Make use of code signing and code hardening.