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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Top 5 Mobile App Development Tools For iOS

Choosing the best Mobile App Development Tools is always a challenge. Apart from the straight forward basic development tools like XCode for iOS development from Apple, there are a number of other tools to consider if you are serious about mobile apps.

Xcode  8 and Xcode 9

Xcode is the cornerstone for iOS mobile app development. Apple Xcode Mobile App Development ToolPublished and maintained by Apple, this tool is has everything to get a project going.  Their latest version  Xcode 8 includes everything one needs to create amazing apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The IDE features a visual designer to ensure your layouts mimic exact device displays.

Further their cross-device auto-layout modes allow programmers to design once and publish across multiple devices with great ease and simplicity. Of course, as things become complex Xcode is powerful enough to allow one to get creative.

Apple iOS, Watch and tvOS simulatorSimulator (Part of Xcode)

Xcode’s iOS Simulator is one of the best tools to perform 90+% of tests and validations. This tool allows almost all types of tests except hardware integration testing or device to device communication testing. Simulator (Watch) allows Apple Watch testing. One can launch a number of simulators to test all device form-factors.

 

ImageOptim

Optimize images faster

 

Every mobile app will have static picture and images. Even if you don’t have large number of images, use ImageOptim to optimize images before including them in your build. Even if
you compress by 25%, you save download time which can mean “not losing” customer who want to use your app. Consider this – Compression of 25% can save over 1 to 2 seconds. This simple tool greatly helps develop great mobile apps.

 

 

Bitbucket or Github

One thing is certain – sooner or later you are going to make mistakes or some catastrophe is going to strike your code. So be prepared and save yourself trouble, frustration and time to recover your lost work. We highly recommend using online (or a central repository) source code control software.

Bitbucket for mobile app developmentGithub for mobile app development

 

PromoMyApp (OK this is the 6th)

DISCLAIMER: This is a Sunvera Software platform to promote mobile apps.Promote Your Mobile App
Once you have a mobile app, the biggest challenge it to promote it to your audience. PromoMyApp takes
the content from your mobile app and then makes it discoverable. In addition to publishing optimized pages to Google Webmaster and Bing Webmaster Tools, the platform is working on a video publishing to YouTube and Facebook. For more information on PromoMyApp visit promomyapp.com or email [email protected].

 

 

 


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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.

diagram

 

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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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7: What’s the Future?

If you have an iPhone 6 right now, you probably want to make a switch. Whether you have purchased it two years ago right at the time it was released in the market or later on, the gadget world actually moved on. However, how can we be sure that iPhone 7 is a good enough upgrade to make this worthwhile or are you better off waiting for the succeeding year or changing to Android?

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7 – Tell the Difference

It cannot be denied that many users just want to have something that is shiny and new. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, iPhone 7 does not look too different to iPhone 6. For the iPhone 7, Apple has decided to ditch the ugly antenna lines on the rear, but since you have had your phone for several months, this might not be a problem to you anymore.

The new thing has something to do with the colors that include the limited-availability piano black and the fetching “black” option. The latter has replaced the Space Grey choice and it might not be appreciated by everyone. Truly, iPhone features do change for the better in every new model to be launched by Apple. These features may be the same as the iPad features. Moreover, the iPhone application development services are also taken into account.

Also, there are quite a few changes in the style and display between iPhone 6 and the new iPhone 7. Users are given the chance to switch to a much more lovable and stylish design they want for a phone. So far, iPhone 7 is running on the same iOS 10 operating system as iPhone 6. But, everyone is waiting for any news about upgrading the OS to iOS 11. And, hopefully, iPhone 7 can taste that.

There’s a slight split with iOS 10 and that can be seen in terms of 3D touch. Apple used touch-sensitive technology that it introduced with iPhone 6s much better in the newest mobile operating system. iOS 10 has been found to be more helpful and advantageous the moment it has been added in iPhone 7 compared to how it works on iPhone 6.

For instance, you could preview emails and the messages on the lock screen simply through pressing firmly the notification. You may also jump to the additional options through pressing hard on the app & on the control center icons. Switching to iPhone 6 after you used iPhone 7 may be a bit strange, as if something is missing.

When you take more photos, iPhone 7 would be a great upgrade with its 12 megapixel camera and six-element lens built. You can also locate optical image stabilization and the bigger f/1.8 aperture lens. All of these mean that photos that are taken with iPhone 7 are sharper, brighter, steadier and much more colorful. It is a significantly better and improved performer in the low light, as well, even before you consider the enhanced True Tone flash system that uses double the quantity of bulbs that an iPhone 6 camera has.

These are just some of the features you can expect to see in iPhone 7. There are more things that we can expect from the iPhone 7 and the future.

Game Apps vs Healthcare Apps

Medical technology’s future is right here with apps and games that offer a wide variety of advantages and functions.. Since the advent of mobile apps, people’s lives and work, the way they communicate and play have all changed significantly. Through mobile apps, healthcare is delivered much better and is more efficient than it was ever before.

Out of 10 Americans, it is found that almost 8 are more than willing to pay a hundred dollars for a medical healthcare app that is capable of monitoring vital signs and/or that allows them to access their medical data. The wireless medical data technology has many benefits for patients, families and for medical providers a well.

Mobile Healthcare App Advantages

Mobile healthcare apps create advantages in the healthcare industry. With digital and mobile technologies increasing, these apps can provide new ways for stories to be told, which can impact the world in a better way. One example is the hundreds of medical applications developed for Android and iOS devices.

Most medical apps are about diet or fitness but there are several that are designed for specific purposes, in ways that ensure to make huge differences in the lives of millions all over the world. Over the years, mobile healthcare apps have improved with more accurate readings and other useful functions. Such apps don’t just provide information but also tell the patient’s health story.

Why Healthcare Game Apps

Besides medical apps for healthcare, there are also healthcare game apps that are found to be even more beneficial. Gamification in healthcare is not only about playing games or gaining popularity for the mobile healthcare app provider, but is about creating a way for the patient to also be engaged.

Gamification in healthcare has several technology startups and pilot projects with some developers who play around to build a great healthcare game. The approach in the industry is not clear yet but it is clear that in the next few years there will be significant growth in healthcare games apps which will lead to sustainable modifications in patient behaviors as well as better health outcomes.

Several studies were also conducted to determine the benefits that certain healthcare game apps provide. For instance, a study conducted by the American College of Rehabilitation Meeting in 2015, shows that playing a game provides an effective treatment of the post-concussion syndrome. It was found that playing a game reduced the symptoms of this syndrome.

There is also the fact that people are naturally competitive. We all like to compare ourselves with others which can help as a way of motivation. In the form of games, competitive individuals will feel more compelled to take care of their health and follow the instructions in the game apps through the game’s competitive aspects.

Compared to ordinary apps, gaming apps have a huge advantage in that they are more entertaining and engaging. While ordinary mobile medical apps help in increasing the efficiency of healthcare delivery, games are more engaging, and the patients take in information much better.

What matters most in mobile app development?

Over the last few years of working with clients and meeting prospects for mobile app development in Orange County, CA, we kept hearing the same things over and over again:

  • Where do we start?
  • How much does it cost?

So here you go:

Let’s go thru cliche talk first: The best place to start a mobile app development project is always at the users’ doorstep. Meet each prospective user, converse with them, understand their needs, and discuss the solutions.

Of course no-one has time to do this and of course your idea is the best. So start with a simple and thoroughly written definition of the problem and proposed solution. Draw up a simple wireframe like below. There is no need for a tool.

Mobile App Development Wireframe

Ok, for costs, read our other post on mobile app development costs. It never costs as much as you fear, if you are able to define your requirements properly. Do remember that mobile app development costs consists of iPhone app development, Android app development and any backend portal development costs. We have seen requests with the same verbal one-liner – “oh…I need a video site like YouTube.” That confuses us and the quote annoys you.

Try the above and then ask a development company for advise (or a quote.) You will be happy you did your homework.

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Telemedicine Mobile App for Urgent Care needs

Telemedicine mobile app allows modern, convenient, and cost effective way to access premium medical care through your mobile phone or tablet: 24/7.

The goal is to keep your patients out of the Emergency Departments and Urgent Care clinics if they don’t have an “Emergency Condition”.

Telemedicine mobile app provides your patients instant access and easy credit card pricing.  It gives access via telemedicine, to board certified physicians and licensed providers offering a variety of medical services for patients in need of medical assistance.  The App provides doctors, urgent care and healthcare providers features found in any modern HIPAA compliant mobile app platform.

If you are considering having a mobile app for your telemedicine initiative, begin by choosing the right mobile app development company. It will become very important to ensure they understand mobile healthcare and HIPAA compliance requirements.

How It Works (for the patient)

By using the App a patient can input their medical history, their urgent problem then interact directly and confidentially with the medical provider via stehovoice, chat, pictures or video.  The provider in turn offers a diagnosis and may order prescriptions, lab tests, and imaging studies as needed.
Secure mobile payments are facilitated via Credit Card.  The patient sees the statement immediately at the conclusion of their virtual visit.     It’s that painless!   

 

 

 


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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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Top 3 Mobile App Developer Qualities

(Updated: 15 May 2017)

mobile app developer

Selecting mobile app developers is hard. It is almost same as selecting a painter for your house or a mechanic to fix your car. In addition to delayed project and lost monies, you will have to live with your decision for foreseeable future. A wrong decision could cause you to lose your business or even costly law suites.

So what should you look for in a mobile app developer. (BTW – Quora has a number answers but most of those are self-serving ads – plugs. Check here.)

Domain Expertise

The single biggest factor in any successful project is two types of domain expertise – business domain and technology domain. Business domain is your (customer’s) domain – like healthcare with HIPAA, retail commerce, financial expertise, etc. Whereas technology expertise is backend tech stack, frontend UI, hosting and deployments.

Must Have Domain Expertise For Mobile App Development

  • iOS Development
  • Android Development
  • Combination of Node.js, MongoDb, Microsoft .NET, MS SQL Server, MySQL
  • Linux, Windows Deployment
  • Github or Bitbucket

Among others the following expertise may be required

  • Device Specific Abilities
  • Video processing
  • Audio processing
  • Geo abilities
  • Bluetooth

Development Process and Team Approach

You want your developer to have a team to support. A team is not just set of mobile app developers. You also need non-technical people in the team like project manager, designer, test engineer, documentation person. A good team will ensure your project is discussed and many-many thing that you never thought of are identified and handled properly.

Adherence to Cost and Budget

You want your mobile app developer to not only not cost you a lot of monies, but also be cost conscious and ensure they are following best practices. At the same time, you don’t want your team to hire newbies and therefore produce a mediocre product. They have to ensure your product is done right, well thought and is able to scale up to load as needed.

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