In the past few years, mobile apps have made our lives so much easier and better.
But, with growing numbers of cyberattacks happening across the globe, it has become necessary to prioritize mobile app security now more than ever.
In fact, according to a report by Arxan Technology’s state of app security, 90% of mobile apps have at least 2 out of 10 OWASP’s security risks.
The same report also revealed that 50% of companies haven’t allocated a single dime towards strengthening their mobile app security.
As a result, these mobile apps are vulnerable to the following different malicious threats by hackers such as:
- Inject harmful malware into apps that could steal screen lock passcodes and access data.
- Get information about private business assets and intellectual property.
- Compromise and misuse the company’s back-end network.
- Create a spoof app with malware.
- Steal users’ data and personal information.
These are some of the threats that mobile apps are currently being faced.
Now, if you own a mobile app or plan to build one for your business, then you need to make sure all these threats are being properly addressed.
In other words, you need to prioritize your mobile app security to avoid unwanted consequences later.
And in this article, I’m going to share 5 mobile app security tips to help you address these issues.
That being said, let’s dive right in!
5 Mobile App Security Tips
We live in an era where data leaks and cybersecurity breaches are frequent, which is why it’s imperative to ensure the security of your mobile app.
Here are 5 tips to improve your mobile app security and provide better user experience and satisfaction in your app.
1 – Hire a Security Team
If you seriously want to improve the security of your mobile app, then I recommend hiring a security team to take certain required security measures in your mobile app development.
In fact, you must also make it a routine practice to review the state of your mobile app security after each change made or consult with an expert mobile app development consultant to ensure nothing unexpected happens.
2 – Include High-Level Authentication
Out of all cyberattacks and data leaks that happen, a considerable amount of them occur due to weak authentication.
In other words, if the authentication is weak in your mobile app, then it becomes easy for hackers to target your mobile application.
This is why you need to make sure that you incorporate stronger, high-level authentication protocols in your mobile app. In fact, as a mobile app owner, it is your responsibility to protect your users’ data and private information at any cost.
Now, if you’re concerned about the existing authentication placed in your mobile app, you can improve it by considering to embed two-factor authentication.
The two-factor authentication basically requires users to enter their password and a temporary PIN code sent to their mobile number or email to access their account.
3 – Secure Your Back-End Network Connections
Most mobile apps usually communicate with external libraries and APIs and it’s for this reason the mobile app must have certain security measures in place to prevent unauthorized access.
You see, your mobile app will most certainly access external servers continuously through APIs and it can open gates for unwanted malware threats.
So, it’s necessary to vet all the APIs being used to secure the back door of your mobile app. In other words, make sure all the APIs are verified and all safeguards are in place before you allow external servers to communicate with your mobile app.
4 – Use Authorized APIs Only
If your mobile app requires multiple external third-party APIs to be integrated in order to function properly, then you need to be really careful with choosing those third-party APIs.
APIs or Application Programming Interface, for those who don’t know, is an important part of mobile application development.
In simple words, APIs allow a mobile app to communicate with external libraries, but since most of the communication is outward-facing, many times it could become a security headache.
Therefore, if your mobile app requires integrating third-party APIs, you must use only the authorized APIs using appropriate API gateway, security firewalls, and conducting a thorough code review to ensure the highest security possible for your mobile app.
5 – Encrypt Source-Code from Scratch
Mobile app security needs to be the top-most priority from the first line of code. And unlike web apps, the mobile application source-code generally resides in mobile device once downloaded, which makes mobile apps more vulnerable than the web.
So, in such a case, you need to hire mobile app developers that can write a secured source-code from the ground up.
Apart from this, you can also incorporate certain encryption algorithms to further enhance the security of your application source-code.
Businesses today must comprehend the risk posed by the increasing numbers of cyberattacks in their mobile apps. But, by using the above mobile app security tips, any app maker or business owner can develop a highly-secure mobile app.
Author Name: Sandeep Agrawal
Sandeep has more than 2 decades of experience in creating world-class teams and driving innovation through cutting edge products and mobile app development solutions. He is passionate about creating new technology solutions and delivering “Great Customer Experience” by evangelizing “Ubiquitous Mobility”.
Being the CEO of Mobile App Development Company – Credencys Solutions, Sandeep helps clients to bridge the execution gap with services including Consulting, Design & Architecture, Product strategy, software development, DevOps, Managed Services. With a motto of ‘Go Digital, Sandeep delivers an Extraordinary Customer Experience to its every client. Connect with Sandeep at firstname.lastname@example.org.