How To Make Your Android App Hack-Proof?

Posted: Nov 11 2019, 10:16am CST | by , Updated: Nov 12 2019, 8:40am CST , in Technology News

 

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How to Make Your Android App Hack-Proof?

A Short Guide.

Okay, let’s admit.

The rate at which mobile apps are being cherished, it is nearly impossible to see our existence without them. We are so dependent on these applications - right from alarm clock to calendar, music app, mail app, food delivery app, and cab sharing ones - that there’s almost nothing that we can do without using them directly or indirectly.

What’s more exciting, the number of mobile apps are expected to hit 6B by next year. Also, the yearly app downloads are expected to reach 258B by the year 2022, which is 45% more than what was recorded back in 2017.

In such a scenario, it is not an alien thought for any Entrepreneur and developer to look ahead to enter the mobile app economy. Something for which they prefer Android over iOS. It is obvious for them to plan to invest all of their funds into the process and dream of ruling the mobile market.

However, it is not that easier.

With mobile applications gaining a huge momentum in the marketplace, the attention of hackers and cyberattackers towards these mini-digital resources is also increasing. They are eagerly trying different ways to hack these applications and use the stored user data for their evil purposes. A consequence of which is Uber data breach, ‘My Fitness Pal’ data breach, Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal, etc. And the following set of facts and figures proving the impact on the mobile economy:-

  • In 2018, Under Armor reported that its “My Fitness Pal” was hacked, affecting 150 million users.

  • Over 20 percent of cyber attacks in 2017 came from China, 11 percent from the US and 6 percent from the Russian Federation.

  • The average cost of a malware attack on a company is $2.4 million.

Knowing this, if you are worried about how your application will survive and deliver a ‘secure’ experience to the targeted audience, you are at the right place.

Here, we will be covering different practices with which you can make your application hack-proof and deliver a secure experience to the targeted user base, alongside enjoy better outcomes from your investment in Android app development.

But, before we look into the cure for this issue, it is good to know the real cause.

So, let’s uncover some of the factors that makes an Android mobile application vulnerable to hacking activities.

Factors That May Put Your Android App at Risk

1. SSL-Centric Issues

    Many times, mobile app development companies overlook the need to get in depth of application of SSL. This makes the implementation faulty and gives hackers a golden chance to exploit the content of the mobile application.

    2. mproper Session Handling

      In certain Android mobile apps, there is no proper process of managing sessions. That means, users remain logged into the application for hours and days such that they can access the data without entering the password again.

      While this adds to their convenience, it also put the app security at risk, mainly when their smartphone is lost or misplaced.

      3. Broken Cryptography

        Cryptography, as you might be familiar with, is a process of protecting data with the help of some codes such that only authorized users get access to the key that unlocks the data. This process helps to induce security in the mobile economy. But, at the same time, can be a door to app hacking if not practiced properly.

        In short, broken cryptography can also result in increasing app hacking activities.

        4. Data Leakage

          When data is gathered or stored in insecure or anonymous locations, the risk of data leakage increases, which again brings an adverse impact on the user experience.

          5. Inappropriate IPC Mechanism

            A major fraction of mobile applications rely upon Inter Process Communication (IPC) mechanism to maintain a seamless interaction between the server and users. Know, if this Android app makers do not pay attention to what type of data is being flowed through this mechanism, there’s a higher chance of hackers being able to get some sensitive or crucial information midway or introduce malware into the process.

            With this attended to, let’s come across different proven ways to tackle with these factors and ensure that your Android application is ‘hack-proof’.

            Best Security Practices to Adopt During Android App Development

            6. Keep Libraries Updated

              The foremost practice to improve app security is to keep your libraries updated. This is so because the libraries you opt for introducing functionalities like weather forecasting, notifications, music streaming, etc. without writing code from scratch are the prime target of security attacks. Meaning, if you do not replace the old ones with the new libraries, your application can also get infected. So, look into the matter.

              7. Use Encrypted Data

              Another basic method to build a ‘hack-proof’ Android mobile app environment is to embrace the concept of Encryption. That implies, converting every sensitive data into some random codes and signs so that no outsider could find out the real meaning, if even they get access to them.

              8. Filter User Input Data

                Since hackers often act like users and enter malicious data to attack your application, it is again healthy to filter out all the input data before storing or performing any other action.

                9. Invest in Quality Assurance Regularly

                  More often, Android app markers ignore the necessity of testing their application after every regular interval (and even once). They live with the notion that their application is beyond the hacking power of the world and thus, need not worry about anything.

                  Alas, it is not so. With time, the techniques of hacking are also growing; making it necessary for developers to be cautious about their app security. And so, test it regularly.

                  10. Check for Play Store’s Guidelines Timely

                    Every year, Google scans app already available on Play Store for viruses and propose changes in their app development submission guidelines to reduce the number of such malicious applications in the market.

                    In such a situation, being familiar with the play store’s guidelines at any point of time can also be helpful in making a fortune without compromising on app security. So, make it a part of your plan.

                    It’s true that the risk of vulnerability is quite high in the Android mobile app market. But, on adopting practices like those mentioned in this article, you can overcome the situation and deliver an engaging and ‘hack-proof’ experience to your target audience. So, bring your team on board and plan around them today itself.

                    Also, if you have any query or wish to add more ‘tried and tested’ ways into this list, leave a comment below.

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