3 Ways To Tackle Mobile Application Security Challenges

Shubham Dhire

June 1, 2023

9:33 am

Did you know that as of May 2022, the total web visits from mobile is 52.79% when compared to 47.21% from desktops? 

Every business is now rolling out new mobile applications to ease their customer’s needs, but unfortunately, these applications have also become a breeding ground for cyber attacks. 

It is recorded that 71% of fraud transactions happen via mobile apps and mobile browsers, while only 29% are on the web. 

In 2021, a security breach in ParkMobile, a contactless payment parking app, exposed 21 million customer records. The stolen data included email, phone numbers, license plate numbers, and hashed passwords. 

Another infamous mobile attack was on the T-Mobile application, which disclosed a data breach done by SIM swap attacks where millions of customers’ information were quickly accessed by hackers. 

So these are the famous attacks done via a mobile application, bringing a spotlight to mobile security.

What Is Mobile App Security, And Why Is It Essential?

Mobile app security is the process of developing, adding, and testing security features to safeguard mobile applications and your digital identity from all forms of cyber attack. 

Mobile app security has gained more importance as more mobile devices are increasingly used for banking services, shopping, and other transactions involving money.

Why Is Mobile App Security Important?

Mobile app security is essential because a minor breach in your mobile security can pave the way for hackers to not only access the user’s personal life in real-time. But also get information about location, banking, and other personal stuff.

Common Mobile App Security Challenges

These days, mobile applications are the quickest way for hackers to attack. So now, let’s look at the common mobile app security threats and how they can be rectified to the maximum. 

1. Unreliable data storage

One of the common mobile app vulnerabilities is unreliable data storage, which leads to data theft. Statistics show that 43% of businesses overlook this feature while launching their app. 

This threat gets intensified considering users store their mobile banking, shopping, and trading information on the app. 

2. Sensitive data exposure

When a mobile app, the developer community, or a stakeholder entity exposes the user’s personal data, that’s called sensitive data exposure. This can occur due to missing data encryption or software flaws, another common vulnerability in mobile apps where attackers can access and steal user information. 

3. Weak server-side controls

Mobile applications have a client-server architecture. While the app stores like Google Play are the client, the end-users interact with the client to make a purchase or view messages. 

The server here belongs to the developer side and interacts with a mobile device using an API via the internet. Now the server part holds responsibility for the proper execution of app functions. But the problem is that 40% of the server components in the application have poor security structure, and 35% have dangerous vulnerabilities.  

4. Security misconfiguration 

This is another major threat that many mobile app developers mess up with. Improper configuration or implementation of security into the mobile can harm the app’s security. When this fails, it becomes easier for attackers to attack, thus putting your business at risk. 

3 Ways To Tackle Mobile Application Security Challenges

In this section, we have covered three crucial ways to tackle cybersecurity challenges in mobile apps.

Secure The End-To-End App Code: 

In many mobile applications, the software code is downloaded directly onto the device, which is prone to attackers. So, during the mobile testing strategy, the developer must check if the code is encrypted with API encryption. Also, the source code must be audited and reviewed for vulnerabilities. 

Secure The Back-End Network Connection:

The cloud and local servers fetched by the mobile app API must deny unapproved access. So while testing, the developer must ensure that the data is encrypted. Another best way to ensure security is enhanced is by using VPN, SSL, and TLS methodologies. 

Ensure API Security:

This is an important way by which you can ensure the security of your apps. APIs play a significant role in mobile app development. By securing the APIs, we can prevent major security glitches in the app. So while testing, check if three measures like identification, authentication, and authorization are working fine. 

Conclusion

Users expect their mobiles and the applications installed on them to be secure. So the app developers must conduct proper mobile application security testing. Otherwise, a security breach affects the users and brings down your business. 

Shubham Dhire

June 1, 2023

9:33 am

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