Mobile apps allow us to shop online and on our mobile devices. Many retailers have brought out a mobile app to enhance their customers buying experience. Unfortunately, where there are big industries involved in mobile application, there are criminals and hackers out there determined to break into these systems and put companies and their customers at risk. However, this only doesn’t happen to most because of up to date security protecting our apps. Most of the time organisations are wise enough to recognise the potential for threats and make sure they allocate enough spending for adequate security procedures. App users generally expect their apps to be safe and secure. Most of us assume they will be without a second thought. What could happen to your app, or even worse your customers data stored in your app if it becomes compromised, and what can you do to make sure it is protected?
What could happen if my shopping app isn’t secure?
There are a few detrimental things that could happen If your shopping app isn’t secure. Apps that use banking of some sort and require customers to input bank details, need to be of the utmost secure. Banking apps and other apps that contain a lot of personal information like Facebook use two-factor authentication. Banks tend to also use blockchain, an extra secure chain of blocks (code) that are cryptographic. If your shopping app isn’t secure it could face evil hackers injecting malware into your app to track data and steal passcodes. They could try and intercept sensitive information such as customers’ bank details and addresses.
Test your shopping app repeatedly before it’s released.
Repeated testing can often be overlooked, however it’s so important due to the fact mentioned previously that customers’ bank details could be at risk. Repeated testing is one very easy way to ensure your app is released into the world as secure as possible. Tests are done for functionality and user experience and every app should go penetration testing ( a procedure which deliberately attempts to gain access to your network or system to find weaknesses) to ensure the code is secure and no details of your customers can be compromised. It would be a good idea to test the transaction page specifically. Does it work properly? Does it crash? These are highly important stages that need to be fully secure before your customers make a transaction.
Encrypt your code.
This applies to all sections of app development. The back end network should be secure and everything should aim to be secure from day one of development. Apps can be compromised if there is a fault with the developers’ code, or it may be targeted by hackers and not have the security measures in place to be able to block their advances. Encrypting your code eliminates these possibilities. The code should be secret and complex but also easy to make changes and updates to. You should also make sure you pair your code with API encryption for optimum security!
Don’t forget the cloud servers that your apps API’s have access to. They need to have decent security procedures and only allow verified users access to them.
Be careful what you download.
Making sure your app is secure doesn’t just come down to the developers. It also applies to the end-user. Everyone always tells you to make sure you have antivirus software, don’t enter your details in unsecured websites on your computer and never click on pop-ups, but that also applies to mobile devices. Mobile devices can still be compromised by malicious hackers, but a way to avoid this is to only download apps from authorised app stores. Don’t use a jailbroken or rooted device as this removes the default security features.