There are around 2.7 million apps available on the Google Play store. As technology advances, apps are becoming an increasingly important part of our everyday lives. From grocery shopping to purchasing stocks, from education to entertainment, and from booking a cab to an airplane ticket - there is an app for every single imaginable activity. Most of these apps require some form of information from the user - name, address, location, and email ID. Some apps also make use of sensitive information such as credit card numbers, bank accounts, and social security numbers. However, along with the widespread use of apps, there has also been an increase in the number of data breaches taking place. Unauthorized parties gaining access to sensitive user information has become a commonplace case. In order to prevent these attacks, developers should integrate React Native security into their apps.
Application security risks that can harm your business
In the last decade itself, one of the most trusted security vulnerability data sources found around 2500+ vulnerabilities for Android and around 1600+ vulnerabilities for iOS. Moreover, these numbers seem to only keep increasing. Needless to say, if you aren’t taking the right security measures, sooner or later, your app will face a threat. Your app is not only a gateway that allows you to communicate with your consumers but it also represents you in the digital realm. If users can’t trust your app, it is unlikely that they will trust your business.
The following are some threats that can be truly detrimental to your business:
If your mobile application lacks binary protection, it becomes extremely easy for hackers to assess, reverse-engineer, and change the code of your application to inject malicious code that can help them in executing certain obscure functionality. The absence of binary protection can result in the theft of sensitive data as well as intellectual property, loss of privacy and revenue, and can cause damage to your brand reputation.
Unintentional data leakage is quite prevalent. Carelessness on the part of users, OS bugs, or accidental mistakes by the developers can result in sensitive data being stored in unsafe locations on the device. This data can then become easily accessible to unauthorized parties through other apps or devices and can result in an immediate threat to privacy.
Poor implementation of authentication or authorization inputs by the users on their mobile applications can provide easy access to attackers. This usually happens when the mobile application has a poor password policy which can result in insecure authentication. Additionally, if a mobile application allows users to log in even when they are offline, it can result in a huge risk.
This refers to the cases where a malicious code is injected on the client-side in the form of binary attacks or input data. So the mobile app is not capable of identifying this malicious code and ends up processing it in the same way as it would process any other data on the device. Thus, this type of threat poses more risks for users than the server.