The use of mobile and especially a smartphone is not unknown to anyone nowadays. There is hardly anyone who does not use this device in routine life. One can go for a number of tasks at the same time with the help of this handy device. Due to its utility it is highly popular in the market. However, for the makers the safety of users’ data on their device is a big challenge. Hence while going for development of any app they need to check the same through various tests and establish react native security before launching the app in the market. Today users have habit of keeping a number of confidential data stored on device. Hackers also know this and hence the moment they can establish a connection on the device they steal the data for their personal use. The devices which have less security can be easily vulnerable to such hackers and that is why the experts focus on the app security of the device.
It does not matter whether one uses iOS, Windows or Android as the basis operation of these systems are similar and hackers are smart enough to penetrate the system as in most of the cases they know the loopholes of the system. These systems are used on a smartphone as well as computers and hence data stored on any of these devices is not safe enough. Most of the users prefer to have an action on a smartphone rather a computer as it becomes easy to access and operate.
The apps are almost with similar function irrespective of the platform they are to be used. Hence the developers have to create not only extra layers but also system that can avoid the exposure of the system to hackers. The creative minds in this field have developed a number of safety features which can help the device to avoid any such attack and keep the data safe. They are in the form of external programs as well as internal security features that can immediately turn the session off once the threat is detected.
The problems mobile apps have to face:
For the app developers the security of the app as well as data of the users of the app is of paramount importance and hence they keep on researching various options with the latest development in the industry. Here are some of the common problems that mobile apps have to face:
- Use of a link or app with bug which can cause data leak
- Weak authorisation and poor control system that can expose the app to hackers
- Transfer of data to any unknown source which may not be trusted
- Downloading of app or other suspicious files from any unauthorised source
- Data transfer on any connection which may not be secured
- Opening link which may have virus or malware
These are some of the main causes that lead the apps into deep trouble. Usually the developers test it before launching and make it capable of countering such threats which can damage the device and leak data but in some cases it is not made possible and at such stage the native security plays a vital role.
Test of Security of mobile apps:
Any app which is created must pass the security test which is an internal test with high parameters. No maker can afford to launch any such app without being tested else it can prove highly detrimental to his reputation and data of users. There are various statistical analysis, and bug threats which are checked to identify the weak areas of the app and improve the same. There are specialists who take care of such checks and carry the app with risks from obsolete technology to the latest in trend and decide its safety level after which it can be promoted to the desired stage of launching. There are various actions taken before the launch and final green signal to the app which are as under.
- It helps to check the system of data collection as well as transmission.
- The encryption as well as decryption of data is also checked and tested.
- The outcomes of various tests can be checked and analysed thoroughly
- It checks security vulnerabilities and improve overall data loopholes
- Dynamic analysis can be performed and checked with different types of checks and reverse technologies as well as analysis
- Program security and mechanism is checked and analysed in light of the complex analysis with reliability measures.
Nowadays a number of tools are present in the market that can help one to check and analyse the data as and when needed. Different tools use different methods and data and hence one needs to decide on a standard tool first to carry out the testing with reliable measures. There is no specific tool that can check the system in-depth and hence for different analysis one needs to go for different tools. As per the experts the most feasible option is to go for a right combination of various tools to have a reliable report. It can be done with a manual testing also.
In a smartphone there are several components which are used and they play an important role in the security features of the device also. Such components are made by different makers but one needs to go for a supplier who offers reliable parts. Though every maker takes necessary measures to offer desired security level to the component but in some cases the same is compromised with the substandard quality. Hence in case of any design of architectural defects or system issues the role of component is primary.
There are many other reasons also that play important role in mobile app security such as failure of authentication, password, improper encryption, loophole in program etc. However, the experts focus on the app security with all such factors in mind and carry out necessary tests before going ahead at each stage.