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Tips to protect your mobile app data

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  • Blog User Oct 16,2018
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This digital world depends on technology and mobile app security has never been considered so important. It is likely that things go wrong from time to time, either by internal errors, such as external errors, leaving unencrypted information out there or hackers get access to information. Data breaches are becoming increasingly common, undermining the hard work done during the development of both iOS and Android applications. 

Web and mobile app development companies are always looking for measures they can take to prevent them, increasing their cyber security and preventing criminals from accessing their companies. Otherwise, hackers can gain access to crucial information, including names, social security numbers and credit and debit card information. There is a very old proverb that prevention is better than cure. Therefore, here are some crucial steps that you can take to make sure that your web and mobile application data is not violated.

Add layers of protection from the beginning.

Most application companies concentrate their security efforts on the network aspect of their applications. But the actual security vulnerabilities are found in the source code of the application. The base work of the application can become a breeding ground for data breaches in coding errors and code tests, etc. To protect your application from these vulnerabilities from the beginning, make sure your code is protected by encryption. There are two forms of encryption that you can employ, obfuscation and minification. But this alone will not be enough. In addition, you must combine the API encryption with well-supported algorithms.

A second step that you can take to protect the code of your application is to frequently run the scan of the source code in your codes. A secure code can be identified as one that remains secure after being ported between different devices and operating devices. In this sense, creating an agile code is immensely useful.

Evidence of non-compliance

You must test your application to make sure it is not vulnerable to data breaches. Hire hackers for the job, instructing them to use a variety of different approaches to see if they can penetrate your mobile security, monitor whether your application has the ability to counteract their attacks and alert developers, or if it does not act at all. To keep your mobile application safe, you should be able to see its security mechanism through the eyes of hackers. This is essential to create a mobile application that is protected against data breaches.

Store minimum information

Asking your customers for too much information is not only intrusive, it invites hackers to enter and steal that information. Hackers look for the maximum amount of information they can obtain, so secure your application by not storing too much information in the first place. Just ask the clients why it is absolutely necessary, and no more.

Password protection

Make sure your application requires a password to log in. Also make sure you have a built-in security checker for passwords, that you verify that your customers' passwords are significantly strong and that they require a particular number of numbers, special characters, symbols and uppercase letters. It should not be possible to guess the password. Also make sure that users can not save their passwords, but must re-enter them each time they open the application. Not having to enter passwords again and again may be convenient, but in case your device is stolen, all your most valuable information may fall into the wrong hands. Also make sure they log out automatically after a certain period of inactivity.

How to protect your application from data breaches

Root or jailbreak devices have some security features removed from mobile devices. This causes mobile devices to pass information back and forth when they should not, making the account information very susceptible. It also makes devices vulnerable to mobile malware. Fraudulent applications can infect devices, gaining control over important functions like SMS. Therefore, make sure that your application can detect unlocked devices and refuse to work on them.

Keep your clients well informed

Your own clients can serve as additional layers of security if you keep them well informed on how to protect themselves and their data, informing them of the security measures they can take and the best practices they can follow. Promote the security of the application among them. Send them regular reminders and advice on how they can do this. Instruct them to use passwords to protect their smart devices, avoid saving their login data, end the session once they have finished using an application, establish a notification by SMS on each transaction made and provide the official applications or inform them of where can be downloaded .