It’s common knowledge that security breaches can be costly and downright disastrous for a brand’s public image and trustworthiness. Think of the Starbucks app debacle of May 2017, when hackers accessed the app and loaded money using the credit cards on file for hundreds of different customers. That single incident had coffee drinkers uninstalling the app in droves, while the Starbucks customers who kept the app on their devices had their trust seriously rattled.
Thanks to the recent explosion in popularity of cryptocurrencies, we’re seeing some significant advances and innovation surrounding blockchain technology. Blockchain sits at the heart of cryptocurrency. It’s the distributed data storage platform that is typically used to stow financial transaction data in a secure, tamper-proof manner. For cryptocurrency to be truly viable, it has required a level of encryption and digital security that the world has never seen before.
Cryptocurrencies have been around for several years, with Bitcoin coming into existence in 2009. But virtual currency has gained most of its popularity in the last two years, causing the mobile development community to take notice. One of the most significant developments is blockchain, which is a clever and highly secure piece of technology that will be useful for applications far outside the cryptocurrency realm. So what is blockchain and how can your mobile app developer leverage this technology to revolutionize peer-to-peer mobile security?
Just a couple decades ago, iris scanners and fingerprint-operated door locks were considered science fiction. Today, this biometric technology is part of everyday life. iPhone and iPad users enjoy the simplicity of Touch ID authentication to unlock their devices, and now facial recognition on the iPhone X. Office buildings, labs and government buildings no longer need to worry about security breaches due to lost key cards, as biometric lock systems have replaced the traditional predecessors. And, Galaxy S8 users can also access their devices with a simple glance.
After months spent planning your company’s app development project, you’ve finally received the green light to proceed. But after speaking with some development companies, you’ve discovered that the cost and timeframe of the project will depend on the application’s specs. Now, you’re tasked with determining exactly which features and functions to include; only then can you get an accurate price quote and timeframe.
Many clients focus on a mobile app’s functions, features and aesthetics, but few emphasize the critical issue of mobile app security. Just one vulnerability exploitation can undo all the hard work and money you’ve invested to grow your user base. And once user trust is destroyed, it’s extremely difficult—if not impossible—to fully restore. Being proactive with your security will result in the life or death of your app. Read More