Testing The Mobile Apps

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Gartner Inc. gave a shock to mobile world by revealing that 3 out of 4 mobile apps will fail in the basic security test. It said that unless organizations adopt secure mobile application development methods and technologies, their mobile computing platforms are vulnerable to security breaches.

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Of course, we still have mobile testing technologies that can totally avoid any type of security flaws but only expert mobile app development companies are able to focus on them.

There are two most common types of security testing methods – Static Application Security Testing (SAST) and Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST). Both of these methods can be used to examine the security flaw in a mobile application development project.

Behavioral analysis is another type of testing method. In this method, mobile developers perform a test to identify malicious and/or risky behaviors going behind various processes of an app. Examples include – a torch app accessing geo-location or a music player app accessing device’s contact list.

Today’s mobile app development projects — either performed by a company or individual – are not properly thought with future vulnerabilities. Experts of mobile security have perception that in coming one or two years, there would more security-flaws in mobile apps.

As predicted by a Stamford-based research company, mobile devices — both smartphone and tablet – will turn out to be the target of end-point breaches within coming two years. Its reason is simple – neither do mobile devices have better security features to fights against future attacks nor have apps been created with a proper enclosure of security.

In many cases, organizations emphasis on app developers to quickly enter market but in this rush, security issues are often ignored. For example an app with poor security feature, will keep the stored data unprotected. Now if someone looses a device installed with same app, a bad guy can recover all the data and of course, misuse it. Malicious users on the same network can easily intercept or modify communication, sensitive data, unencrypted data, etc.   Because mobile device also use un-trusted network, data stored un-protectively on mobile devices can be really be scary.

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