How to Protect Your App from Security Threats

During the development stages of a mobile app, the timeline can get behind. This may lead to rushed protocols and a few key elements, like security, lacking in effectiveness. Developers need to take the necessary time to make sure apps are not capable of being breached. Smartphones are costly, and malicious malware, worms and viruses can disable them - rendering them useless.

Create the Right Language in Framework

If the language used in your app's framework is not correct, attackers can easily find a loophole to weasel in and gain access to control the app. This leaves users vulnerable to attacks on personal devices and the theft of any personal information that may be stored within the app. In some cases, simple modifications to the language development teams use can prevent these attacks from occurring.

Conduct Breach Tests

Hire hackers to breach your own app. The only way to know if it's penetrable is to test it. Each hacker should use a different approach so that the app can show the ability or inability to counter the attack, alert developers, or not react to the attack at all. Knowing how safe your app is by testing it from a hacker's perspective is one of the best modes of creating a safe mobile app.

Control Permissions Manually

A big issue with mobile apps is that users are not always given the option to control the permissions an app is requesting. Some want access to social networking websites, email addresses, and home addresses. If you use a mobile banking account, an important feature is the ability to set a permission control to automatically logout each time the app is closed.

Now, if you are one to always tap "accept" when you are asked to accept the terms and conditions of using the app without reading the text, you may be in trouble. There is information in those disclosures that will tell you what information an app wants and what it will be used for. Do not hit accept if you have read the terms of use and/or privacy policy and do not agree to all of the terms.

Protect your Device Too

When you are developing an app, it is always a good idea to encourage your users to have an outside mobile security program installed. The backup in security is helpful and can prevent a user's device from being compromised as they can be prompted of the attempted attack and to remove the app from their device immediately. It is estimated that about 5 billion Android apps are susceptible to security attacks.

Any devices using the same app should all have additional security back-ups in-place. Device protection is just as important as developers creating secure apps.

Personal Information Safety

Questions surrounding personal information security, especially with mobile banking applications, exist. Sensitive personal information can be accessed in the event of a banking app security breach. In most cases, attackers go directly at the bank's protocols rather than an individual device due to the ability to gain access to thousands, if not millions, of customers' private banking information. Most banks have made adjustments to their apps, specifically after a breach, to prevent attacks from occurring.

Secure Shopping Carts

Applications that require users to make a purchase should have secure shopping carts. Major retailers, like Starbucks, have had breaches to their payment systems on mobile applications. Hackers are able to go into the payment system and copy the account numbers or credit card numbers used and steal them for their own use. Shopping carts should be tested prior to launching a mobile app to ensure that it is secure.

Developers Use Minimal Personal Information

Some apps really do want too much information. It can almost seem like an intrusion on your personal life. Giving up too much personal information to an application makes it more at risk for an attack. Attackers want the most information they can get from a person as possible. The less an app asks for, the less useful the information is to hackers.

Final Word

One thing that app developers can do is give users a quick reminder notification to logout of its services and clear the browser history to erase the information input during a session. Having the ability to automatically clear the history and delete the session history should also be made available. The more features and information an app has or requests is what makes it desirable to attackers. The most important thing to take away from this information is to keep your application simple and locked up as securely as possible.