Stop the Hack in its Tracks – 7 Steps to Secure Mobile Apps!

Secure Mobile apps should be a top priority for every mobile app developer. While security is often overlooked in mobile app design, every developer believes their app is most secure, and at the same time are afraid someone is going to hack their mobile app platform.

Stop the hack - 7 Steps to Mobile App Security.

Stop the hack – 7 Steps to Mobile App Security. Image Copyright: everythingpossible / 123RF Stock Photo

In either case, as a mobile app developer we need to ensure that adequate precautions are programmed, sufficient vulnerability testing for mobile app is performed and allow security to be an integral part of the design. Here are some simple and yet highly useful steps to follow.

To give you some context, many of the below items are essential for HIPAA compliance and SAX/PCI compliance.

Step 1: Make mobile security an integral part of your design. Think wholistic end-to-end mobile security, starting from the user to the backend infrastructure. Consider authentication, password complexity, data transmission, data storage, data processing, third-party integration, storage of images, videos, documents and infrastructure setup.

Step 2: Authentication and password complexity protects your mobile app at the end-user level. This makes the process easier for users while making sure there are no loop-holes if a device is being used. If critical data is not protected, devices can be lost.

Step 3: Storing data including username and passwords locally on the device. This is a situation that seems so easy to overlook while being the easiest to protect. Make sure authentication credentials are stored in either “Device KeyChain” or “Managed Storage.” Both these methods encrypt critical information when they are stored on mobile devices. For other app data, determine if they need to be encrypted before being stored locally.

Step 4: Sending data back and forth from the server aka mobile transport layer needs to be fully secure. The easiest way to achieve this is to setup https (secure http) using a SSL certificate. Make sure the certificate is properly created covering all ciphers schemes.

Step 5: Server side code vulnerabilities are one of the easiest to make but very difficult to find. You need specialized vulnerability tools to identify and fix such issues.

Step 6: Data storage is probably already secure. The best way to secure data is to encrypt it during storage. This is called data-at-rest encryption. This increases the server resource requirements in order to encrypt and decrypt at run-time. But it’s still worth it.

Step 7: This is the one area that involves people and therefore most risky if you don’t have good procedures. All admin credentials need to be changed at periodic intervals. When an employee leaves, make sure to delete their credentials. And finally document all processes.

If you follow these seven steps, you can stop the hack or at least greatly reduce your chances of getting hacked.


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It’s Going to Cost What? (Mobile App Development Cost)

Lady Retail Shopping with Mobile AppWhy is it so hard to get an accurate cost on a mobile app project? After all, most mobile app development cost are pretty straightforward.  Say, if you need to price out a new website, you can simply estimate the number of pages, hours and cost per hour. Done.

But pricing out mobile app development cost is more challenging. People ask me, “why is that?” The short answer: there is a lot going on “behind the curtain” that you never see. Only your developer does. And I’d like to share the key pieces you should know about.

  1. iPhone, iPad App: The actual mobile app that your users will install on their iPhones and iPads. Instagram or Yelp app.
  2. Admin Console: A browser based web portal to administer your system. Tasks such as locking users out or unlocking them, financial reporting, usage reports, uploading content including images, videos etc. to make them available to your mobile user. For example: Instagram or Yelp support teams use to manage the entire system from their desktop browser.
  3. Client web portal: In some cases, your users will want to administrate some functions from a desktop browser. This then becomes very critical. A client portal is also needed when you have a tenant-landlord model of apps. For example: Yelp desktop browser access for businesses to manage their accounts.
  4. Data Storage: Cloud based storage of data, images, offers, information, bills, invoices, etc. Your mobile app will need to access this data for everything it does. For example Instagram or Yelp stores all pictures, business information and user info in a data store on their servers.
  5. Hosting and Database: Most (90%) of apps have some hosting component. Even basic simple apps will want to store registration information including emails to do some email newsletter marketing. This cost can run into millions depending on how much traffic you are targeting.
  6. Security: Specialized apps like in healthcare or fintech will need extra layer of security for app, app transport and data-storage.
  7. Third-party integration: Sendgrid, MailChimp for email sending, Salesforce, Zoho, Microsoft Dynamics, SilverPop for CRM, Stripe, Autorize.NET, PayPal for Payment processing, etc. Each of these services have a setup/service fee that you will have to budget for.

The diagram below shows how they connect.

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If you are truly interested in estimating your true cost, multiply 3x of whatever your mobile app developer or  mobile app development company tells you.

 


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$6 Trillion Mobile App Economy Expected By 2021 – Are You Ready To Cash-In?

If you believe mobile pundits, Mobile App Economy is expected to grow to $6 TReady to make money from mobile app economy?rillion (with a ‘T’) by 2021. Year 2021 is not too far and before you know it, we will be in 2021.

Behind all stats telling us which parts of the world is going to grow and who spends the most on an hourly basis, etc. is the real question “Are you ready to cash-in?

To make money from mobile app is fairly simple – create a great (and viral) mobile app, publish it on iTunes and Google Play stores, watch downloads go up, your app rise to the top of both stores and count your dollars. Easier said than done.

It is usually extremely difficult to make money in mobile app economy. Most people fail, lose quite a bit and then blame everything under the sun for their failure including themselves. Even moderately promoted apps fail because even if users download the app, they do not engage. Big and small companies suffer alike when it comes to mobile app downloads and subsequent usage.

To be ready to benefit from mobile app economy’s growth, one needs to get started NOW. Here are the steps…

  1. Identify a niche that should focus on either
    1. Users will engage your app for 2 hours or more every day.
    2. An app users will spend an average of $5 per month.
  2. Identify where your users hang out. Seek them out and get in their face:
    1. Instagram
    2. Pinterst
    3. Facebook
    4. Book clubs, Archery club
  3. Hire a great mobile app development company that can:
    1. Design a greatly designed mobile app
    2. Release both iOS and Android app (iOS Development and Android Development Company)
    3. Build any backend admin portal to manage your business
    4. Submit and manage on-going maintenance
  4. Do your part in promotion.
    1. Start even before the app is built
    2. Rinse and repeat

The key is to find a great partner who can bring your idea to reality without bothering you every step of the way. Lastly, persevere and you will be victorious. $6 Trillion dollars is huge for a lot of people to be successful.


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Proximity Features via iBeacon Mobile Shopping

Technology and its uses has become advanced especially in the mobile market, and ibeacons have certainly fueled this advancement. Beacons are Bluetooth transmitters that can be placed around, and an app can be developed to read these transmitters. Service companies can benefit from the proximity features of ibeacon mobile shopping technology.

When a service company deploys a technician to a job site, on a regular route, there is always a concern with them arriving on time, how long they are at the job site and when they have left the job site. With beacon technology a number of tracking features are available. With beacon transmitters deployed at the job sites once the service technician is on the premises and the beacon is triggered a report is logged for the day/time of arrival. Conversely when the technician leaves the premises another report is logged for the day/time of departure. An added feature of the proximity setting is geo- fencing of the job site out to 5 miles. With this feature a trigger event can be sent to dispatch to inform them of the technicians imminent arrival and to aid in future scheduling.

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iBeacon Mobile Marketing Based Coupon Redemption – Konsier Mobile App

 

iBeacon mobile marketing is easy with Konsier mobile app platform. Konsier uses Artificial Intelligence to ensure mobile marketing is automated with mass personalization.

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