Security Questions that has to be asked with every Mobile App

Sometimes those small apps in our mobile make us feel life to its best in doing big things for us. No need to stand in long queues anymore to pay our bills, we need not move to the exact place manually to get a deal, one can book any kind of a ticket while planning a trip with ease, what more we can do great things with these petty apps in our mobiles. But the big question that swings up in our mind when we use an app no matter if it’s an online app or offline app is whether our data retained in the app is secured or not.Privacy can be protected in numerous ways as the developers say, but how the process goes is again a mystery for common people. To break this suspense certain questions has to be put forward to get things interpreted in a better way and to seek solutions to the existing problems of security.

Estimate the probability of attacks

Before being actually into the arena of launching an app the developers are ought to analyze the chances of the data of the app being hacked and misused. More light should be thrown on the security part of the program rather than focusing at a stretch on the other functionalities of an app that makes it fascinating. A common user gets taken up only by the User Interface and other attractive factors on the go. They trust the apps so much and assume it  to be reliable and go for it.

While designing an app the programmer should be all the more careful in developing the crucial part which deals with the transaction and the gathering of information of the user. Once after the particulars of the users are collected it should be designed to get buffered in a secure manner. The valuable details collected from a user should not be tapped and used by any unauthorized source.

How far is the app keen on educating its users?

Every app should focus on educating the user on the employable privacy criteria. Once the app is been downloaded from the appropriate place, the customers should be made aware of the app and how far it stands in securing the data of the user. Usually when a long paragraph on the policies of the app appears most of the users just skip reading that and give their approval. The long content that comes up on the screen once after the login formalities are done has all the crucial part regarding the user’s privacy portion which is rarely looked in by the users.

The utmost important points should be highlighted in the beginning itself so that the user can decide whether to use the app or ignore it on the go. This enables us to bestow more clarity to the users and enlightens them on the privacy issues. Not only the user but even the developer gets benefitted in creating reliability for their beloved users.

Think out of the box, imagine bigger scenarios

People get stuck on the single thing thinking that their app can be attacked by other forces only by those regular methods. Set the apps to resist any kind of intrusion in the process with the objective of taking away valuable data. Developers should not restrict themselves from imagining bigger scenario while designing the security features of an app.

Do we really need an antivirus pack?

Not very often people get bothered about having good antivirus pack while they are downloading and using an app. Some app may have the tendency to open up other links that gift virus to our device and spoils the whole expectation one has for the app. A developer should be very precise whether they give way to any anti program coming in the course.

The internal connection matters

Security issues occur most of the time when the internal system interacts with the external server. Developers should be more cautious in getting the connection part established in the apps. The proxies should be well formed from the server side  also to avoid unnecessary problems.

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Understand the ecosystem

In order to sort out the problem, one needs to understand the complete ecosystem. Which organization could be held responsible for these security issues? Is the  most eminent query that comes up basically in rings in every mind. In order to tackle the situation a profound knowledge of the constituents of the system namely enterprise, device provider, mobile OS provider is necessary. Once if the ecosystem is understood at an in-depth level the solution gets to be simpler.

Customer details should not persist

After a customer has finished with their purchase the customer details should not get settled anywhere other than the authorized locations. Information can be retained only at the appropriate places where it is required to acknowledge and greet the customer the next time. In case of lingering of information at any other place or if it is in a state to be easily traced and taken up, it may lead to serious consequences. Either the data can be taken illegally for some other purpose or misused by the unauthorized. It can eventually put down the name of the app.

While on apps that supports shopping or on apps that gather data for processing them, the data collected should be handled in the most cautious.

Do we really need a password?

Most of the times we often fail to lock the general apps which we use. While designing the apps they should ponder over the security issues that might occur when the app is used and left just like that without a lock. To be on the safer side people who are very particular about their security and privacy usually, do lock up their apps.

When it comes to the matter of convenience even those people with the locks on suffer as they have to log in every time with a password or a pattern to use their app. Sometimes when we happen to forget the password it could be the worst thing ever one can do and by the time we recollect or get a new password, there are possibilities of even the need of it getting vanished completely.

The app binaries

With the strong tendency to decompile, reverse engineer and analyze data app binaries serve as a big threat. Data can be reverse engineered both statically and at runtime as these app binaries aren’t black boxes. Here dynamically generated keys should be preferred over hard-coded ones as they cannot be captured by the app binary.

Reverse coding and analyzes

Developers of apps should take utter care about the avoidance of reverse coding through which the private data of the user can be retrieved by any unofficial forces.  Users particulars which are entrusted with the app should not be tapped by any other forces. Data collected and kept should be free of any analyses other than the authorized people.

With the wheels of technology moving fast, it’s also time for us to check how secure we are in all our moves. Although everything seems to be automated and looks reliable we need to be cautious all the time. With a little concern to be safe let’s use technology at its best!

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Anand Rajendran

Anand Rajendran is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zuket. He is a writer and coffee lover. He has is a graduate in Computer Science and Post Graduate in Entrepreneurship and leadership from Ulyanovsk State University, Russia. He is a passionate blogger & SEO Specialist. Zuket offers software products that are built with Airbnb, Uber, Zuket Scripts and other cloning scripts.

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