Do you know how many people own a smartphone?
Well, you’ll be shocked to know that as per the researchers estimate the total number of mobile device users is likely to cross the mark of 5 billion by the end of 2019. Yes, that’s a huge number that can’t be ignored under any circumstances and that includes cybersecurity too!
There are a significant number of app developers and app owners who don’t consider security to be a vital factor while building a mobile application. According to a research report by Gartner, it was revealed that around 75 percent of the mobile apps are not able to make it through the basic security tests.
Today, we as users are addicted to our smartphones and rely on mobile applications to get our day-to-day activities done such as ordering food online, instant shopping, online banking and much more. Due to this, the risk of falling victim to one of the cyber-attacks is quite high.
Effective Ways to Protect Your Mobile Apps
That’s why in this article on mobile app security, we will be sharing some of the most essential cybersecurity tips on how you can secure your mobile apps from cyber attacks.
- App Wrapping
The term app wrapping can be defined as a methodology that basically segments a mobile application from the rest of the mobile device by capturing it in a secure environment.
Here, the app developers will automatically get the option of app wrapping if they are using the MDM provider. All you need to do is set a couple of parameters and once that is done, your application won’t be requiring any additional coding for the process of segmentation.
- Enhanced Authorization
Without having strong user authentication, your mobile app won’t be able to stay secure for long. App developers need to strengthen the authorization for users in their applications if they want their app to not only survive but also thrive in the market.
A basic ‘Who are you?’ can help app developers in securing their applications against online malware and viruses. For an advanced level, user authentication must include various aspects such as session management, the privacy of a user, the online identity and the security features of a device.
For this purpose, there are many technologies available in the market, some of the best being the OAuth 2.0 authorization framework and the OpenID Connect protocol.
- Securing the APIs
Another way to secure your mobile app is by applying security to the APIs that are being used in their app development process. As an API is an extremely beneficial tool, it plays an important role in managing all the data of the app along with the business logic.
For APIs, app developers should include an app-level authentication like SSL with 256-bit encryption, this will ensure that user validation is done every time a service is used by someone.
- Implementing the ATS
ATS also is known as App Transport Security, can come in handy for securing mobile apps if implemented correctly by app developers. In other words, app developers can apply ATS to prevent the app from a potential cyber-attack. The purpose of the ATS here is to ensure a secure connection between the app and the back-end server.
Nowadays, mobile app security is one of the most vital aspects of developing an application that app developers need to consider during every step of the development process.
Mobile apps that are insecure can fall prey to online hackers that can misuse the sensitive information of a user, such as financial information. The above-mentioned practices that prove to be of great help in securing your mobile apps and users’ crucial data as well.
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