Checklist for Hack-Proof Mobile App Testing

In this era of web 2.0, the world has become much more feasible for all its people in the form of internet. They can write, share, send, edit, express anything on the internet that they wish. Not only this, but they can also get instant feedback and replies over their posts. It has become an easy two-way street which has opened many doors for people who want to express their opinions and be a part of a (virtual) community through the medium of Internet.

But with any good thing, comes disadvantages as well. This openness has also left many important aspects of one’s life vulnerable. In the midst of all kinds of social and financial transactions happening online, there is a constant need to secure your sensitive data against data threats.

This makes it crucial for all mobile app developers to keep looking out for ways to secure their individual applications against hackers.

Here is a checklist to help all the mobile app development companies to make their apps hack-proof:

Source Code Encryption

Mobile malware often target the vulnerabilities in the code and the design of the mobile application to pose a threat. For the attack, the mobile app hacker extracts the source code of the app from public libraries, reverse-engineered the application to extract the code, then insert harmful code. These marauded apps are then posted on third party app stores to target the audience.

These kinds of threats make it crucial for developers to encrypt their codes. They should also be extremely careful while copying the codes from third-party code libraries. Developers should always include tools to detect and close such security vulnerabilities. Additionally, developers should ensure that their apps are robust against reverse-engineering as well.

Device Security

The security of a mobile application is highly dependant upon the security of the mobile device itself. If the device is rooted or jailbroken (iOS term), it compromises authentic device security features and warranties. To make a device or app risk-proof, enterprises put limitations on the extent of data sharing that an app is capable of that shuts out the sharing of any kind of sensitive data.

Transit data protection

All the data is transmitted from the client to servers always. And however unimportant or small task it seems like, it is very important to secure that data. It is crucially advisable that the developers should use either a VPN or an SSL tunnel if and whenever they’re working upon safeguarding the data that the client is sending to the server. Also, it is recommended to look into SSL issues and other such elements that can put your mobile app privacy at risk.

In any organisation, a risk-aware transaction should be the way to go.

Database and file encryption

The varying bandwidths and connection qualities can make the client side code and device data vulnerable to attacks. Most developers design a mobile application in a way that all the data is stored locally on the device memory, however, this alone cannot secure data against hack-threats.
Special modules that can encrypt the data should be put to use to overcome this possibility. These special modules can allocate encryption at file-level and that can be very helpful while amplifying security.

Necessary Authentications

Many security breaches take place due to the lack of necessary data authentication levels. Authentication refers to passwords and other personal identifiers that are put to act as a hindrance to entry.Only the users with the right authentication information can successfully access the app or device data.

Mobile apps with strong alphanumeric password authentication and multiple levels of security can be a possible step towards avoiding any sort of security breach.

Apart from all of this, robust testing of apps and taking code references only from trusted libraries can be the sure shot, most reliable way to go for making your app hack-proof.