Tips to boost mobile app security

Considering that a majority of people access applications from their mobile devices, it is evident that application security is of utmost importance to developers and users. Security is another important consideration in mobile app development since it prevents the loss of users’ data and boosts their confidence in the application you create. In this article, we will outline some of the most important steps to ensure that your mobile application is safe.

  1. Implement secure APIs

APIs (application programming interfaces) can go a long way in linking your mobile application with your servers. It will be highly impactful if these APIs are made secure to avoid the loss of important information. This means that there should be strong measures implemented for API authentication and encryption. This makes sure that all the APIs you intend to develop for use by applications and users are well protected with authorization credentials.

  1. Perform penetration testing

Penetration testing involves using a simulation by an attacker to determine the vulnerabilities of the app you have developed for the mobile application. It is recommended to conduct penetration tests on a schedule so that all the weaknesses in the system can be detected and rectified before being leveraged by attackers. That is why it is recommended to hire security experts and conduct such tests to get comprehensive results.

  1. Protect by adhering to secure frameworks and libraries

Thirdly, when designing a mobile application to be hosted on Android, software engineers should use secure frameworks and libraries. Some of the above tools have security features that can be turned on or included in the development of your app to avoid vulnerabilities. Make sure to update these frameworks and libraries with the latest version if you want to get the benefit of the patch and improvements.

  1. Implement session management

Proper management of sessions reduces the risk of people gaining access to others’ confidential information. Other measures should be used in session management, such as setting time limits for all sessions or automatically invalidating bad sessions. Make it a point that data regarding all the sessions is safely controlled at the client and server ends.

  1. Monitor and analyse logs

Continually screen logs for peculiarities, events, or even anomalies that may point toward an attack’s imminent arrival or occurrence. They also provide the added benefit of allowing a logger to monitor and respond to any security issues that may occur in real-time or near real-time. Ensure that you have incorporated automated tools that can effectively sound a security alert when specific patterns or behaviours that are deemed to be ‘out of the ordinary’ are detected.

  1. Apply secure data transmission

Make sure that the data sent between your mobile applications and the servers is encrypted. Be wary of the strength of the encryption of data in transit, using the latest standard such as TLS (Transport Layer Security). This shall eliminate instances whereby the attackers can intercept and read what is being transmitted.

Having followed these tips, you will be able to considerably enhance the level of protection of your mobile applications. Application security, therefore, is a process that cannot be done once and then left to luck and chance but instead needs regular attention and monitoring. This will in turn help you stay on top of the latest security trends and practices to secure your mobile apps despite rising threats.