Security and the Mobile App Space

Marilynn Dawson By Marilynn Dawson, 6th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2g61y6fp/
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Along with the rise in mobile computing, comes the increased threat to personal identity, financial information and private data. Developers can assist users in efforts to safeguard and ensure a positive experience.

Introduction

Predictions for the expansion and acceptance of mobile computing continue to soar. With the continued adoption of spaces such as the Apple and Google Play app stores, more and more developers are jumping on board the mobile application development bandwagon. Unfortunately, not all mobile app developers have their users' best interests in mind.

The Issue at Hand

Mobile security is becoming a bigger deal all the time, as cyber-criminals figure out how to either piggy-back app downloads written by others, or who figure out how to write their own mobile applications with the intension of pilfering private information. This has been particularly true surrounding Android apps development. This is sad, but its a reality I've been watching for the past 5 years. Android users are now encouraged to install anti-malware apps in order to protect against the dark side of mobile computing.

What Developers Can Do About It.

These days, the wise mobile app developer will build security into their project from the start, ensuring the user experience is safe and only what needs to be shared is shared. This goes for any platform, whether it's the iOS environment, or Android apps development. The truth is that mobile application development can't assume data will be kept safe anymore, and must take into account the current cyber-criminal presence and work to protect the end user. Failure to do so is now causing users to avoid applications that request access to personal information. Failure to build in data security is also opening up the flood gates to easier identity theft, stolen financial data such as credit cards and banking info, and more. Developers need to make user safety and data security priority number one as they prepare, code, and deliver ever-increasing functionality and usefulness to phones, tablets and phablets everywhere, no matter what platform they are coding for. Safety first! Even in the development space.

Tags

Android, Android Application, Android Apps, Android Market, Android Mobile, App Developer, App Developers, Mobile Apps, Secure, Securing Data, Securing Systems, Security

Meet the author

author avatar Marilynn Dawson
I am a computer tech by trade, as well as a Christian author and freelancer. Topics range from devotionals and online safety, to how-to's, family finances, product reviews, and more.

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