If you have an app on any platform it is necessary for you to have the right provision for its security. Today users can do nothing without the help of a right app on their smartphone. Hence whether one wants to listen to music, go for banking, want to chat or edit images, he needs to have the right app first. Commonly there are some platforms from where the users go for downloading the required apps but nowadays there are also some third party platforms from where one can get apps. These third-party mobile app are not that much reliable and hence must not be downloaded as they can access various data from your device and leak them to others. Hence from the mobile application security point of view, one must not go for such app downloads.
What are the notable threats for your app?
To offer enough security it is necessary to find out the threats that can cause damage to the app. One can check such threats with the help of the OWASP community which is known in this field. To have desired protection for your app there are ample options available online which can be used effectively to ensure the safety of data and secrecy.
Most of these security apps and options are available for free and offer expected results well. For a common user, it is the best option to safeguard the data on the device and personal information. There are also some more protections systems for apps which can be rightly used by a professional expert and hence for a common man this is the most feasible option. One must keep the device protected as many known apps are also not free from such risks and hence only enough protection can be of help to users.
The online threats and how to counter them:
For a common user, it is much needed to keep the device protected as with a single mistake the hackers try to steal the data from the device. To counter such a situation one needs to know how these hackers try to access data and prevent them from doing so. For hackers, the easiest way is to take help of spyware and links that can pull the data from the device to a definite location. Hence one needs to stay away from downloading any app from any source which is not trustworthy. Many times some famous apps are provided with attractive schemes on such platforms which lead one to go for the download but these apps carry threads or links that can pass the data on the device to some other locations from where it can be downloaded. Hence an app from such a source may prove harmful to the users’ device and data.
Jailbroken and rooted phones: the easiest targets
For a hacker, the smartphone that has the least security can be the best target. If one goes for jailbreaking of the device or rooting it, the primary security system of the device is removed. This can make the device more vulnerable to such security. While going for such options one must take the security features into account. If possible one must not go for such rooting or jailbreaking as they can lead to more troubles.
Be sure before giving permissions:
When you go for an app download, after installing it asks for various permissions. These permissions include access to various files, folders, contacts, camera and mic. If one does not permit the app cannot be used and that is why in a hurry of using the app people permit them to access the data which can lead them to fall in trouble. A fake app can collect the data and send it to such hackers who can use the same for malicious options. They can use the information collected for some fraud or scam. To avoid such trouble one must check the app if it is required for the app to access such data or not. In case it seems meaningless permissions one must decline the same and remove the app from the device. One can go for a better mobile app from some other reliable sources.
To enhance the safety of information on the device it is needed for one to keep a check on the security system on the device. One can check the same for vulnerabilities manually or with the help of some testing solutions. In case one is not comfortable with such options he can get the same checked by an expert. There are also online support systems with the help of which one can carry out security testing of the device without any hassle. If your device OS is slower suddenly or it acts unexpectedly it is better to check the same for malware and spyware as there may be a threat to your personal information.
Check the OS of your device first:
While going for the security of the device one must remember that there are different threats for the different OS that are Android and iOS. Hence if one does not get threats to another device it does not mean that his data is free from risk. The hacker may be trying to steal the data by another method which one may not be aware of.
To keep the device protected here are some easy tips that one must follow:
- One must not go for opening any link or thread from any unknown source.
- If one needs to download an mobile app the same must be downloaded from a trusted source.
- Before permitting the app to access different parts of the device be sure that it is genuine and it may need such access to perform the task.
- Keep watch on the function of your OS and device as a whole. In case of any malfunction take it seriously and update the security options.
- If possible do not go for jailbreaking or rooting of your device as it may lead to more vulnerability for the device.
- Keep your device regularly tested manually or by the system to stay protected against various online threats.