A decade ago, we ushered in an era driven by mobile technology, transforming the way the world was interacting till date. But, who has ever settled for the ordinary? We crusaded towards a better future, and soon the portability of cell phones received a big boost with the integration of operating systems. This made Internet browsing a breeze, an everyday affair. This was a major breakthrough. The smartphones started glutting the markets when we were introduced to another marvel of technology – mobile applications. Designed specifically to run on the smartphones, these applications took the world by storm, and even today there is no decline in their fan base.
But, Technology is a fickle kingdom, where thousands of hackers lie in wait for a vulnerability, so as to swipe the classified information and induce the users to reveal the sensitive data. To avert such tricks, the app developers keep a watch and employ a slew of measures to protect the users. Some might think that a well-built mobile application is immune to such breaches. Sadly, this isn’t true. The fact is that no mobile application is insulated from the external pressures. No company, whether Apple or Android, can guarantee a defensive plan that can work against the power of hackers. That means an app developer finds himself in a minefield, fighting for the unwary against a range of security issues.
Data Caching Exposures: A mobile phone, quite understandably, is different from laptops and desktops in a hundred ways. That is why they are highly undefensive devices. The hackers find it extremely easy to gain unauthorized access to the cached information, tampering with the security mechanism. In order to keep these mishaps away, use a password. If app developers are wary of inventing the passwords, they can still do better by addressing the data caching pitfalls.
Using Free Codes: Some developers act frugally with time and money and prefer building the applications on the codes created by others. The hackers leap at the opportunity by constructing the codes, so that it can be used by the developers, giving them comfortable access to the critical data. In order to remain unaffected, developers must do their own research. If a third-party code is used, developers must remain well-guarded against these traps.
No or Bleak Encryption: Encryption is the holy grail for the app developers to protect information against mala fide practices. The rapid development of technology makes it highly urgent to constantly evolve the encryption algorithms. An outdated encryption system cannot withstand the cunning attempts, laying bare the sensitive information. For keeping the data fortified, the encryptions should be reconstituted periodically.
Not Making the Transit Safer: It is critically important to keep the transit well-shielded from the unauthorized elements on the other side of the servers. Most of the mobile applications with delicate information get easily connected to the servers, triggering fears of security failures. The best example of this is open Wi-Fi connections, which keep lurking to find a victim. Thus, it is important to implement the updated encryptions and SSL certificates to reinforce the system. This will enable the mobile applications to deliver glitch-free performance without letting the foreign elements to jeopardize the security.
Doing Without Security Testing: Once an application is built, an app developer must run it through security tests. This is important to know about the gaps in the setup of an application. If a developer refrains from it, his hard work may come to a nought. Test every nook and cranny of the application, so as to ensure better deliverability. Remember, viruses and malware are capable of ruining any security mechanism if a developer goes too lightly with it.
Giving Physical Security Breaches a Miss: Given the rise in the mobile phone thefts, the matter of physical security breaches should be taken up by the professionals, so as to prevent the loss of crucial data. Mobile phones are equipped with software that save the passwords, offering an easy ride to the hackers. Under such circumstances, a local session code can solve the problem. Users can be asked to enter the passwords periodically to use an application. This is necessary to beef up the performance of mobile application and securing the data from unforeseen happenings.
No or Slow Patching: Software Patching is a way to fix the bugs by implementing source code in a program to improve its efficiency. The patches should be applied quickly to keep evil elements at bay. However, some app developers go too slowly with it, underestimating the potentiality of the hackers. To be honest, hackers work doubly fast to penetrate systems and hurt the image of an application. They search for applications which have a poor security update record and creep into the frameworks. Therefore, it is important to check the application regularly and gauge its protection. Patches take good time in reaching the customers, but a delay at the developer’s end can worsen the situation. For an app developer, nothing carries more significance than the protection of applications because when it comes to security, no one likes to compromise the data at the cost of the services offered by the respective app.
Going Beyond with Protection: An app developer must think about the various aspects of a mobile application and plan accordingly to ensure no holes in the security structure. Security breakdown is a serious issue and must be tackled meticulously. For comprehensive protection, he must never stop looking for new ideas. An Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is an ideal way to create an inbuilt security configuration that can keep the user data safe and sound for a longer period. With the absence of an inbuilt security system, no app can deliver on the agenda. An EMM solution can list the industry-based authentication requirements before the release date and help in putting the things in place to nip the security violations in the bud.
To recapitulate, building a high-powered security mechanism is of the utmost importance, so as to keep the popularity of an application undented. An app developer is responsible for implementing the best strategies, so as to slice hackers‘ lead. He is a true professional only if can resist the rival attempts and prevent falling into the traps. This is important for his reputation and his app’s functionality.
Manish Jain is the co-founder and Managing Director at Konstant Infosolutions. He is responsible for the overall operations of the company and has played a major role in bringing Konstant up from its humble beginnings and, with his immense energy and drive, transforming it into a globally trusted name in IT solutions.