Mobile devices, while convenient tools for communication and engagement, also come with their fair share of security risks — particularly when it comes to mobile applications. On the other hand, apps help improve communication, provide new ways to learn and be entertained, and keep us connected to the world. When produced correctly, they can be assets. When produced poorly, they become liabilities.
Mobile app development companies are prioritizing the security of their apps now more than ever. Without security, they can lose trust in their consumers and risk becoming a liability themselves. Knowing how to navigate common security risks is an asset that allows developers to create apps that cater to what their audience needs while putting their minds at ease, knowing their private data remains secure.
So what are the most significant security risks to your mobile app? We’ve explained them below to help you avoid making the same mistakes.
Mobile banking has become a significant tool for consumers looking for more convenient banking options. With increased usage comes an increase in personal information stored on electronic networks. This can leave developers open to malicious vulnerabilities.
To mitigate the risk, a reliable authentication process is ideal. Typically a two-step process should be in place, including security questions and potentially a fingerprint or facial recognition process. Additionally, a secure channel should be created between the consumer and the financial server — this can help data from becoming compromised and allows for a trusted profile to be created and stored on the server.
Unsecured Public Wifi
It’s common knowledge that public WiFi spots offer less security than their private counterparts. The problem becomes the convenience of public wifi. Consumers rely on these networks to access their apps without using their data. To help secure your app from this type of threat, consider requiring a private VPN to access sensitive information.
Incorrect Data Encryption
Unreliable data storage is one of the most severe threats facing mobile apps. Many mobile apps are unable to adequately secure and store information which can lead to numerous liabilities.
The simplest solution to this problem is through complete encryption. Encryption refers to encoding the data before it is sent and decoded on the device on the receiving end. This requires creating an excellent algorithm to protect your app against harmful threats. Moreover, it requires continuous monitoring of your app to identify any suspicious activity more easily.
Reverse Engineering Techniques
Reverse engineering is a trick used by hackers to determine how your app is functioning on the back end. They can then limit the functionality of your app and easily access confidential coding and consumer data. By limiting the capabilities on the client-side and allowing for more functionality through the web services on the server-side, you can add more obstacles in the path of a hacker.
When it comes to developing a secure mobile app, being proactive is key. Taking steps to ensure you’re continuously noticing how your app is performing and consumer concerns will help ensure your app is secure and places more trust in you by your consumers.