5 Security Measures to Keep Your Mobile Apps Secure | By Keval Padia

5 Security Measures to Keep Your Mobile Apps Secure

The luxury of accessing almost every activity from our smartphones comes with a price. Not only does it needs protection on a timely basis but also regular updates so that any unwanted threats are kept at bay. From system to mobile apps, enhancing app security of your device will do much more than simply keeping your data safe. 

We have outlined five security measures that will give you insight as to how you can keep your mobile apps secure, coupled with your system at hand. 

1. Regularly Update Your Apps 

One of the easiest ways to protect your apps is to make sure that you update them regularly with the latest version. If not for updates, currently, smartphones would virtually cease to exist. One can easily set up their apps for auto-updates over wifi or mobile data. And in some cases, a user has to grant special permissions so the app can access a part of a device. Mobile app developers tend to find vulnerabilities to an app at regular intervals, and it’s important to fix them at regular intervals. Users’ feedback is also taken into account by product owners to implement crucial fixes so that the app becomes more user-friendly as it ages. All recent updates allow data to be more secured. Therefore, keeping apps updated is as critical as is updating the device timely.

2. Prioritize Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor authentication is a type of authentication in which a user is granted permission only after bypassing certain levels of evident information. It is one of the best ways to counter cyber-crime and hacking practises. Smartphone-based authentication has become increasingly useful, and a number of authentication vendors are offering it. Widely accepted authentications are one-time passwords (OTPs) that can be time-based or event-based, QR code-based, push notifications,  and SMS-based. One can opt for tailored mobile app development services to integrate authentication type in their newly built app.

Enabling multi-factor authentication on your device will do much more than merely protecting your device. An additional layer of security secures all your information even when you have lost your credentials. For example, we have  gotten used to the message from the Gmail app team when we have logged into our accounts from a new device. Most of us are quick to find that this was indeed our activity.

Users who find themselves in a tricky position where a suspicious person had accessed their device can secure their information with just a few clicks now. MFA is one of the best practises to secure one’s network and should be prioritized. 

3. Use VPN While Accessing Public Wi-Fi

We look forward to using public WiFi whenever the chance arises, but one should be aware of certain risks involved. Since the WiFi network is open to all, public WiFi’s run on zero encryption, and there is no secure way of using it. Anyone with a simple WiFi-enabled device can spy on anyone. Hackers work like impostors, and the users are tricked into believing that they have logged over a secured network in places like coffee shops or airports. Instead, the latter unknowingly gives full access to the network’s traffic to a hacker who can easily steal passwords and data from countless users.   

The best remedy is to use a virtual private network or VPN that encrypts one’s data which becomes unreadable by making the traffic on the web obscure. Top VPN services like NordVPN ask for monthly fees and are worth every single penny if your internet usage is more on the go. VPN services not only secure your sensitive data from being accessed through public WiFi but also from private networks that also pose a threat in one way or the other.

4. Know About Fraud Activities 

Thousands of apps are rolled out every day, and there are some that are made to look great on review store by hook or crook. Obtaining popularity by malpractices is known as ranking fraud, and its objective is simple i.e., to boost conversion rates and drive sales. Although this area needs a bit more research from time to time, developers  have managed to gather pace to detect all fraudulent activities on the app store. 

For instance  data mining, that is extensively used to monitor user behaviour and actions, can also give insight into fraudulent activities by monitoring the session algorithm and narrowing it  down to evidence-based active periods on the review store to dig out whether they were rigged or not. Evidences are then finally compiled and integrated for fraud detection. Currently, ranked fraud activities can  be detected by such algorithms, and the app owner must stay away from these activities so that they can offer a safe and secure environment to all their stakeholders.  

To detect any sort of fraud, one needs to calculate fraud scores based on IP address and email Id of users. Cyber security firms and companies that are apt in executing such tasks can help maintain transparency in the app store by penalizing app owners that indulge in fraud activities to rank up the app store.

5. Protect Your Sensitive Data 

Todays smartphone devices can be easily unlocked by face detection and touch of a finger. Pins and passwords are still here to provide security. They have been utilised for many years and considering how complex our phones have got in terms of features and functions, multi-factor authentication has also become a prerequisite to safeguard our data from unwanted threats. Face and fingerprint ID system has its critics because they can be easily manipulated where the owner of the phone unknowingly can give access to anyone who’d like to retrieve private information. 

Operating systems are offering to encrypt files and folders to its end-users to safeguard their data over their desired password types. These are set industry standards protection where a code has to be entered before files are accessed. From login details to passwords to account numbers from bank apps, all can be encrypted to ensure that the critical types of information is not accessible to everyone. Encryption software like these are free to download for seamless and automated protection. Users these days also have an option to store their sensitive data on secure online servers rather than on their smartphones. When a device is lost, there is no need to fret since the data will be already secured on one’s online server. 

Conclusion 

There are tools, resources, blogs and much more available on the internet that can help you stay one step ahead of cybercriminals and hackers. We are living in an age where the privacy of an individual is known to be compromised by the hands of a few. Following simple encryption techniques  coupled with ensuring to update your smart devices regularly is the easiest and effective way to keep your mobile apps secure.   

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Author Bio: Keval Padia is the founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a progressive Mobile app development company in Japan, USA & India. He loves to craft a mobile experience that automates business operations. The prospects of future mobile technology entice him to express his views on subjects that he is affiliated with.

November 4, 2019

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Awesome stuff. It has very good information for keeping your mobile app secures.Thanks for sharing!

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