As mentioned, users will be storing information and it needs to be protected. Let’s use Starbucks as an example. In 2014, security researcher Daniel Wood discovered that Starbucks’ iOS mobile app was storing user information in clear text. So if your phone was stolen or lost, the information stored (username, password, credit card info, etc.) was easily available for the person who had your phone. Designing apps in a way that ensures personal information is secure and encrypted, is an absolute must.
No Leaky Apps
Mobile apps are a gold mine for tracking personal information, such as age, locations, gender and more. This personal information can be grouped in an analytics package that will allow you to further understand your target audience. But be careful that this information isn’t leaked. This occurred, for example, when the NSA tapped into popular games, such as Candy Crush and Angry Birds, to acquire more information. These apps are referred to as 'leaky apps' because they are not secure. Therefore, your information must be encrypted in order to protect the users.
How We Protect Personal Data
When creating mobile apps, we have several strategies to ensure the safety and security of our users. We understand that phones can become infected by a virus or malware, or even lost. Our mobile apps use encryption in these events to ensure your data is safe and sound even if your device is lost or stolen. We secure and update the software on our servers to keep data safe at the server level, as well as staying away from plain text storage on our servers.
In the end, when developing an app, it is important to understand that it’s not a 'one-size fits all' scheme when it comes to web security on mobile apps. Depending on the purpose of the app, as well as how much and what type of information is being stored, will determine the level of security necessary on your mobile apps.
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