Wherever you look in the business media these days, everyone seems to be saying the same thing: apps are a must-have for any business. It’s easy to see why. Marketers, business consultants, data miners, and customers all seem to love applications, and they can give your business a real edge over the competition if you manage to produce something of high value to your customers.
But, while we have covered making an app for your business before in the past, there are a few inherent dangers involved. It’s one thing to build an application and release it – and it’s never been easier. But it’s another thing entirely to launch something that is safe and secure from many of the online threats that exist today.
With this in mind, here are a few things you need to consider before launching your business app. Make sure that you deal with them beforehand or you could experience significant issues.
All apps need to be tested, and it might be something you need to send out externally to a specialist service to ensure that you are watertight regarding security. An application tester will go through your app root and branch and ensure there are no little bugs or problems with your product. Any issue with your app could result in a security breach, so it’s important to undergo a thorough testing process.
You might think that your app requires zero sensitive data. But unless you are encrypting all information and data, you will be left exposed to threats. Bear in mind that wherever there is encryption, there could be access to your system from an uninvited guest. They could arrive via the customer’s WiFi, a mobile carrier’s network, or in a package delivered to your database from a particular client’s device.
Low-quality password requirements
The more you make your customers think about their passwords, the more seriously they will take it. You need to nudge them into supplying you with strong and robust passwords, as the chances are they will take the easy option every time. Weak passwords are usually less than eight letters long, allow words or numbers only, and can be easily cracked – make sure that your password requirements are as robust as possible. Also, think about using things like two-step verification, which can improve your security even more.
Storing and caching data
Wherever possible, try to avoid storing and caching unnecessary data locally on your app. It’s a sure fire way to attract attention, as any data written by your app is relatively easy to recover. Your app could be storing data in a huge range of places, too, such as your log and debug files, cookies, web cache and so on. If there is any info you need to store on your app, make sure it is held securely.
Creating an app for your business can be a fantastic opportunity. But if a hacker gets into your system due to weak security, you will only have yourself to blame. Get it right, and you should avoid much of the trouble.