The total number of apps present on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store exceeds 5 million. The exposure of developers and the advanced apps being launched every day has increased the cyber security risks. According to a research report by Gartner, more than 75 percent of mobile apps fail core tests of security.

Advancement in technology has increased the number of smartphone users. This number is set to cross the figure of just 5 billion this year. Smartphones have indeed made our life smoother and easier, but has also been a comfortable place for cybercrimes and criminals.

The data get steal, leaking personal information in the public domain, and trying to cripple the entire ecosystem of smartphones.

Cyber criminals also have a ball as the number of mobile app downloads is increasing rapidly.

But before talking about the strategy of obtaining mobile applications against cyber threats, it is mandatory to talk about the major types of cyber security threats.

Major Cyber security threats

1. Cross-device cyber threat
Cross-device threat comes when apps allow smartphone users to download applications from a computer to a smartphone device before and after.

2. App Store Security
More than 90 percent of mobile applications suffer from cyber-security threats. The risk of such cyber-attacks on Android gadgets is high, as they investigate a vast range of devices, operating needs of the system, and the App Store. Apple is more secure because it has its full control over the hardware and provides access higher to the level of apps.

3. IoT Hardware
IoT devices are for collecting the data and use it for smart decision taking. However, Android enables the machine to create a connection with other systems. This process enhances safety and can be removed by hand at any time.

4. Mobile Malware
Gadgets are always vulnerable to Trojan attacks, spy ware, viruses, and malware. They are a direct tool for hackers to steal data.

5. Illegal Access
Digital accounts including banks, social media, email and other applications, gets exposed to unauthorized access.

How to safeguard mobile apps against dangerous web threats?

Mobile device management
The online security of the app depends mostly on the device, the user is using. Both iOS and Android operating systems behave differently and you have to opt different approach for different operating system for ensuring optimum security. Developers should understand the fact that data stored on any gadgets have the ability to cause breach in security.

App wrapping
App wrapping separates your mobile applications from the rest of the devices by capturing them in a secure area. Developers using the MDM provider get this option. By setting some parameters, you can secure the app without any coding.

Secure user authentication
It is necessary to deploy secure user authentication and authorization to protect any mobile application. It is important to establish the fact that a real user is running an app to prevent their access from hackers and malware.

Harden the operating system
There are many ways to harden the operating system for extra security of your mobile app. Apple has been a torchbearer to implement ironclad security features with iOS. To protect iOS apps, you'll need to read quarterly reviews of Apple's Security Guide, stay up-to-date on the latest code samples, and understand static business tools.

Ensure API Security
Always be sure to leverage the API to handle all the data and business logic of the mobile app. APIs ensure the security of data in any state, including transit or remaining static. This is one of the crucial features of the mobile app.

Wrapping up:
Remember, before you protect your mobile app against dangerous cyber security threats, it is important to identify what potential threats you are fighting. After all, you cannot find a solution without understanding the essence of the problem. You have to do it all at the time of mobile app development..

Once you identify security threats on your mobile app, it will definitely become easier for you to deal with the actual threat.

If you fail to follow the above practices to avoid mobile security threats, you may lose your confidential data, resulting in heavy losses. Therefore, do not be a representative right now and work towards reducing cybercrime today.

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Author's Bio: 

Vivek Ghai has over 18 years of experience in software services industry. He is the founder of a software company specializing in web and mobile application development. He has hands-on experience in operations, digital marketing and business development in the technology industry. He advises start-ups and also is a technical co-founder for few of them.