Mobile App Checklist for Startups Part 2 - Security

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Security in any mobile app is a big sensitive issue for users as well as clients. Therefore, addressing security related issues becomes first priority when we prepare checklist for our mobile app development.


In the first part of the series, we have seen that how advancements in technologies put modern startups in dilemma to select the best route to reach at the vast audience available on web and mobile devices besides the traditional methods of marketing. However, we can’t ignore the mobile audience at any cost and should keep ready to go beyond responsive website, if mobile app is the best alternative.


In order to do effective, attractive and engaging mobile app development, you need to address design part of the mobile app development process so we have seen very critical aspects of mobile app designing in previous part. In recent post, I would like to address some security and performance aspects at first place.


Mobile App Security Considerations

Unlike web, mobile applications have multiple aspects to attend security as a whole. Mobile is a versatile client device against desktop because it is used while on the go and constantly moving everywhere. If you avoid loss of device/stealing/missing/accident and security of your data as the job of others and not fall in category of app developers, we have still multiple issues to address at design and coding parts.


Authentication & Permissions

In web application, our prime focus is authentication and authorization of users of the application and generally, we do it through allocating user permissions and authentications in order to create user account. However, on mobile landscape we have to extend our boundaries further and should address security issues for over-the-air, Bluetooth discovery and authentication, we have to address cradle synchronization scenario, local SD card scenario, and many other intricate use-cases where data security is always a big threat on mobiles.


Advance Authentication Mechanism

Of course, at mobile OS level, Apple has begun biometric ways to offer the most trustworthy ways of authentication and permissions. Thus, you need to check whether your users are using low-level to high-tech devices with unique and innovative security features and intend to take leverage them in favor of your mobile apps. Some devices sue hardware authentication besides software counterparts to offer double layers of security.


Security for All users

If your intension is to offer security mechanism to all sorts of mobile users, take care for the low-level users first who are deprived of advance security aspects on their devices and should rely on traditional security mechanisms. Unlike web, modern mobiles are loaded with much critical data like location, personal profiles, financial data, and so forth, which are generally not applicable the web users even not for responsive website users.


Therefore, you need to build trust boundaries within your mobile application layers and make them more dependable. Virus and hackers are also penetrating their beaks in mobile landscape and addressing them needs many platform specific coding and security learning. E-commerce mobile apps are more prone to various security threats and SQL Injection phenomena so always hire highly experienced and skilled mobile app development company like Lujayn or team to address security issues with utmost care. Your mobile app developers should have in-depth knowledge of the latest encryption technologies and integration of third party payment gateways to avoid fatal security issues and build trust among the users.


Cloud for Mobility

No doubt, Cloud Computing Services have made mobile applications more secure compared to web servers or private web services with low or medium level of security measures. Therefore, expertise on Cloud is more in demand in mobile app arena.