In 2020, the global number of mobile applications downloaded on users' phones were 28.7 billion from Play Store and 9.1 billion from App Store. From banking, education, productivity to entertainment, grocery, telemedicine - these apps have transforme...read more
In 2020, the global number of mobile applications downloaded on users' phones were 28.7 billion from Play Store and 9.1 billion from App Store. From banking, education, productivity to entertainment, grocery, telemedicine - these apps have transformed every facet of our lives. As per a report by eMarketer, users spend 4 hours on their smartphones, out of which 88% of their time is spent on mobile apps.
Owing to their high adoption rates, popularity and expanding usage, they are often vulnerable to get targeted by hackers. This is why application security is the most significant strategy of software development - it entails the practices which identify the security gaps, data breaches and potential threats. To achieve that goal, developers must sincerely follow it throughout the software development lifecycle (SDLC).
Here are the most common threats related to mobile application development;
Absence of authentication process
It is no surprise that many of us still keep the same password for all the applications and accounts we use. Considering the huge base of users an app has, so if one of your users loses his/her password through a data breach in one company, hackers might test the password on multiple applications utilized by that user. It can be a potential threat to your application, so it is always viable to employ a multi-factor verification process to mitigate such threats.
It is the method through which data is transformed into cryptic scripts that can only be optimally seen after translation utilizing the secret passcodes. In a broad sense, encryption alters the pattern of lock, although developers need to be wary of hackers, as they can easily break these codes. Avoiding this can result in privacy breaches, intellectual property theft and defamation.
The adverse effects of reverse engineering
Given the nature of coding, multiple apps are prone to serious threats. The metadata for bug fixing used in the scripts of an app often open new avenues for hackers to understand the technical know-how of the app. Reverse engineering exposes the functions of the back-end which can lead to the disclosure of encryption information and to change the source code of the apps.
Unstable data storage
Erroneous storing of data can transpire in various locations within a smartphone’s app like in binary database systems, SQL databases, cookies stored and more. When you use unprotected storage, it could be jeopardized by complications with jail-broken devices, frames, or other attacks
Attackers can simply bypass the security measures if they are not executed properly as inadequate encryption repositories can be ignored by rooting the smartphones.
These common lapses in the developmental process can result in data leaks, financial losses, unauthorized transactions, identity theft, interruption in accessing the crucial data (healthcare and fintech) and many more. In order to mitigate such losses, development teams should come up with solid security protocols and keep updating them.