Securing your mobile app should be something that you and you developers are thinking about from the very start. Security breaches are common and costly. One breach could cost your company millions of dollars, but beyond that, it could cost you all of the users that you worked so hard to attracted and retain. Losing the trust of your users could mean the end of your app and your company, so securing your mobile app should be taken seriously from the start. Here are some points that can help you and your developers secure your app:
Secure Your Source Code
Make sure you talk about this from the very beginning with your development team. Top mobile app developers should already do this, but clarifying with them before any code is written will help make sure your mobile app is secure from the start. Your development company should write hardened code, making it tougher for attackers to break through. The code should also be written in a way that allows for easy updates and patches, should you find your app vulnerable to hackers at any point. Being in constant communication with your mobile development team will make sure that everybody is on the same page throughout the development process.
Use Secure APIs
With thousands of APIs available for use, it is important to know that the ones your app is using are secure and authorized. Poorly written APIs can leave a hole for attackers to gain access to your mobile app and maliciously corrupt it in way that negatively impacts your users. A lot of APIs are written in a way that helps outside developers easily reuse the code, which makes integrating the APIs easier on your team, but also easier on prospective hackers. Top mobile development companies will have a library of trusted APIs they use for common features, but it is always beneficial to know every API your mobile app will be using.
It might seem like giving your app as much access as possible is the best route to go. However the more connections your app has, the more access points it has to outside hackers. If there is no reason for your app to access something on the mobile device (the microphone, contact list, dialer, etc) then don’t access it. The iOS and Android development company you are partnering with will let you know what is needed for your app, and should be transparent about what it doesn’t need as well. Each permission your mobile app has leaves it that much more susceptible to hackers, so minimize those permissions to keep your app as secure as possible.
Test Your Code
All of the best mobile development companies test their code. However, some wait until the end of development to do so, which makes it more likely that possible security holes may go unnoticed. It is necessary to test the code constantly so every possible weakness is found and fixed long before it goes live. After launch, your mobile development team should continue to conduct testing, as updates and new features are added to your app. When iOS and Android roll out updates to their platforms, testing must be done to ensure that your app is still secure. Securing your mobile app is something that never ends, and constant testing is needed as new threats are constantly emerging.
Secure Your Data
Data encryption scrambles plain text to make it unusable to anyone who might intercept it. So, even if there is a breach and data is stolen, the hacker can’t do anything with it. VPNs, SSL, and TLS can help secure your data while it is in transit between sender and receiver, so make sure that your development team has a plan in place for encrypting the data your mobile app will be using.
Have a Transparent Relationship With Your Development Team
This seems like an obvious one, but if you are not too tech savvy, and you’re working with a development company, it is enticing to take a step back and let them do their thing. However, with the large number of developers out there, it is inevitable that some of them don’t have full grasp on what developing a mobile app entails. The best iOS and Android development companies will know about every step in the development process, and often encourage constant communication between their clients, the project manager, and the programmers themselves. Making sure that everyone is on the same page from the start and encouraging constant correspondence during development, and after launch, will ensure that you know everything that is going on with your platform, while protecting your app, your company and your users.