How To Secure Mobile Apps Against Cyber Security Threats
27 Jun. 2016 Mobile App
35% of communications sent via mobile devices are unencrypted and 24.7% of mobile apps have at least one high-risk security flaw. Want to secure your mobile apps against the cyber hacks? Follow the below best practices and secure your enterprise data.
The use of mobile is increasing by leaps and bounds. With such high mobile adoption many organizations are embracing the BYOD (bring your own device) concept and enabling employees to enhance their productivity. The mobile app distribution platforms like Google’s Play Store, Apple’s App Store along with other third-party marketplaces deliver a varied amount of mobile apps that bring great value to the user’s daily activities, but are they secure?
Tips For Mobile Application Security
Enterprise mobile apps are 3 times more likely to leak login credentials compared to the average apps and around 75% of popular free iOS apps and 80% of free Android apps have been hacked.
These numbers are alarming and improving mobile app security for all your apps becomes imperative. Follow the five best practices mentioned below and achieve peace of mind.
Top 5 Mobile App Security Tips
- Make Passwords Mandatory: If your business model is focused on direct consumers, ensure that you make passwords mandatory for all your users. If the app is accessible without a password, it is easy for hackers to get their hands on it and leak your sensitive business data. Besides mandating the password requirement, you also need to ensure having minimum complexity requirements for your app.
- Limit App’s Data Access Permissions: When you install a mobile app on your device, it asks for some user permissions to access your data such as files, contacts, app’s hardware and more. So, when you leverage custom mobile app development, ensure that you only ask for the data that is vital for your app. In the case of a consumer app, requesting access to sensitive information may scare your customers. Also, avoid providing app access to sensitive data as it may cause data leaks.
- Disallow Sideloading: A sideloaded application is the one that can be downloaded and installed from the app stores other than the native stores. The problem with such apps is that they do not undergo the normal security checks performed by the native stores. Users should be restricted from using such sideloaded apps. Moreover, IT itself shouldn’t allow getting its own app sideloaded as the damages could be far reaching. A hacker can easily infect your app and your organization will be put to blame for damaging the sensitive data of the consumers.
- Check iOS Vulnerabilities: Android is more susceptible to malware as compared to iOS. As a result, many companies put in more efforts to secure their Android app. This does not mean iOS apps cannot be infected. Companies must take the required amount of measures to safeguard the iOS apps as well.
- Keep Mobile OSs Up-to-date: Whenever any mobile operating system gets updated, it brings in a new set of security patches along with some features. This makes it important for the companies to always keep all the mobile operating systems up-to-date.
Every business owner must understand that the modern mobility as much as it benefits can also bring the risk for your business. And to reduce that risk, it is important to implement the mobile app security best practices proposed above.
Rishabh Software vigilantly implements required security measures to safeguard the crucial data of its clients from the security hacks and attacks. Learn about the 3 best practices you need to follow for ensuring the security of mobile apps in the cloud.