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Mobile App Security Loopholes: How To Fix Them?

   11-14-2016

Technology is gaining it's speed at highest momentum - perhaps at the maximum speed if we are considering enterprise and organizations to implement highest and stringent security standards throughout the application. There are numerous factors that contribute in compromising the security standards & protocols in the application. The inclusion of insecure and unprotected application in the portfolio is greeting gateway for hackers to find the app baseline and do unrevealed changes that damage enterprise. These loopholes in the mobile app not only takes confidentiality but also compromises users privacy.

The major issue encountered in the mobile app is that there is not only single factor responsible. There are many factors that actively contribute and drags back the security of mobile app. Though there are array of vulnerabilities to be overcome but the scariest and the common one's are:

1. Lack of developers knowledge to secure coding standards.

2. Insufficient allocation of budget.

So, what else hold backs the mobile app from success paths? So, let's dive into some most common mobile dangers and find out the way to avoid them in near future.

1. Impotent Server Side Control:

What is the risk associated?

Here the application is interacting with the unprotected backend system and allows unauthorized users to access data from them. It is one of the most exploited factors to be taken care at an utmost level of loopholes in server-side components can ruin your app.

Prevention

• Take utmost protection to design server-side components.

• Restrict unauthorized users to access back-end.

• Do not enforce client-side app to access server side controls.

2. Improper Cryptography:

What is the risk associated?

If your cryptography protocols are not executed in the proper manner, chances are high that hackers and attackers can decrypt crucial information stored inside device or application. An application can suffer a violation of rules and privacy concerns, code piracy or can lead to re-engineering o the app.

Prevention

• Do not store encryption key along with any encrypted data.

• Make use of platform's native key to store any sensitive or confidential data.

3. Improper Session Handling:

What is the risk associated?

When an app fails to log out users properly or fails to implement secure protocols then, you open the doorways for attackers to access business or user data and that depends on the application and the person using it.

Prevention

• Never use users device id as a session key.

• Ensure that session tokens are strong and secure enough.

4. Client Side Injection:

What is the risk associated?

This risk is majorly associated with Android apps, that are downloaded and are working on the client. client side injection dangers are another common issue faced by enterprise and organization. SQL injection & Cross Site Scripting are the common possibilities through client side loopholes, which could result in unauthorized access to sensitive and crucial data.

Prevention

• Validate and encrypt all the data stored in users device.

• If you are making use of SQLite database then make sure to use parameterised query to pass users data.

So, these were some of the major dangers encountered by some of the top app development companies during application development and testing. We have the best testing team to ensure all the above aspects.Contact us now and get your app tested with us for best results.

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