Rarely Asked Security Risks Questions to Mobile App Developers

In this era of Smartphone’s, developing apps for multiple mobile platforms has increased abruptly so does the outsourcing. But, there are software security concerns that one must be aware of and this calls for a list of queries you must be well-prepared in prior approaching a mobile application development company.  Here are the top 3 questions to ask your outsourced mobile developers to bring a positive result.

Do you keep record of temporary data? Not many are aware of an iOS feature that takes an app screenshot when the user presses the home button and stores it in a temporary file. But what if the user backgrounds on a sensitive screen like bank details? Secondly, if you use the iOS camera within your app, the camera stores photos in a temporary location before use. Check with your mobile developers if they will dispose these images if it is sensitive.

Do you maintain record of sensitive data? In many cases, it’s difficult to test for storage of sensitive data on the device. This includes account login, financial data or messages sent between customers. If you outsource mobile app development, ask them for the list of data being stored within the app after initialization. This will help you identify high risk files.

Do you check my app’s data? The final question to ask your outsourced development team is one of the common areas that developers don’t forget to “fix” before going live. During development it is very typical for teams to log sensitive data to device logs. So does it is for hackers to read device logs.

Before it goes live, remember to ask your outsourced teams to ensure that sensitive data that may have been logged for testing purposes is disabled and that only logs which are user generated (e.g., option to send crash logs) are allowed.

 

 

 

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Top 5 Tips and tactics to develop Mobile Application for Enterprise

As Smartphone’s and tablets are completely ruling the world we live in, there seems to be an app for just about every aspect of our personal life. No wonder, more and more business men are even looking at creating mobile application for customers.

For those concentrating on mobile application development to enhance more productive or customers must know what to do and what not. Let’s check out a few of them.

DO’s

Consider user experience: Make sure your application works whether on desktop or handheld devices. As such, don’t try to simply port an existing desktop application over to mobile. To simply copy the interface as a one-to-one will make an app unintuitive and hard to manage.

Incorporate sensors and form factor: Bear in mind, most of today’s mobile devices have 3G or LTE, a camera, Bluetooth and many field communication sensors too. Most of which features like reorienting the display if the device is tilted, click a picture and upload it straight into the system or get real-time updates based on location.

Integrate Real-time Updates: Be it day or night, mobile devices are always with us. This means an always-on and connected status enterprise mobile application can help a business become more operationally responsive.  As you integrate real-time updates into your business app, others can respond to changing conditions based on information from a variety of sources including inventory or logistics management, CRM or third party feeds such as traffic updates.

Don’t

Copying consumer apps: Today, we have many consumer apps. So, mobile app developers have to scrape from consumer apps to improve a business application, but never be so blinded by the slick.

Differentiate mobile from desktop: Mobile development is extremely well suited for more agile development platforms and methodologies. In case of developing app for mobile, you can iterate quickly with short development cycles. After defining core functionality, deploy the app, get feedbacks and adapt to business changes.

Openwave Computing is a Mobile Apps Development Company located in the heart core of New York City offering to build dynamic multi-language applications for secure deployment across any platform, be it mobile or responsive.