Some of the main threats to application security are hackers, cybercriminals, and malicious software; this blog post explains the top ten ways to choose the best application security.
1. Your employees
Ensure that all your employees are trained to follow the best practices when choosing suitable application security. It is essential that they choose the best measures, software, or hardware and know the proper way of protecting your systems. You can also make sure that they are trained and learn how to protect themselves online.
2. Detecting unknown threats against your applications.
Databases and networks and taking down malicious activity as soon as possible prevent damages or loss of valuable information. It will also make available resources for you. Do not use older versions of software as attackers can take advantage of the vulnerabilities in them and take control over your systems. So it is advisable to upgrade immediately to the latest version that has been proven to be secure.
3. Choose different types of anti-malware
Anti Malware such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc., at least one for each different type of malware (such as worms). Regularly keep your systems updated with applications security, and do not neglect to patch your plans on time, keeping them safe from malicious attacks. Do not buy software or hardware that is unverified by a trusted software vendor or professional firm. Do not download pirated software because the company might be trying to get all your confidential data and personal information such as credit card information and other confidential information used for fraudulent activities.
4. Harm your systems.
Do not click on links that are suspicious because they could lead to websites with viruses, spyware, or other malicious software that can harm your systems; if you must click on an appealing suspicious link, do it in an isolated environment and make sure to scan your system afterward. Do not use the same password for all of your accounts and if you do, replace it with a more complex one because hackers usually use dictionary attacks to try out a list of common passwords, which yours might be. Please do not believe in any company’s claims that make software applications secure, software, or hardware because they can be trying to get monetary gain like marketing and advertising.
5. Introduction about Internet technology
Today, the use of Internet technology has become a necessity to conduct everyday life activities, such as shopping and banking, etc. These activities are carried out through all types of appealing devices such as TV sets, printers, telephones, computers, and home appliances that all receive information from apps on mobile phones or any other device connected to the internet. Many examples of these apps are Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, games, and maps such as Google Maps.
6. Mobile Application
Mobile apps have become an essential part of our daily life, and a means to conduct commercial activities. These apps can be found on a variety of platforms such as iPhone, Android, and Windows phones. We don’t usually think about the risks involved in using mobile applications’ security. Although they are a necessity, it’s not necessary to use any app that we find on the internet. We should know the risks involved in them by downloading any application from the internet.
7. Reviews and Feedbacks
The biggest threat is through mobile apps because most of them can be downloaded from the internet and contain infected files that allow attackers to take advantage of applications’ security vulnerabilities on users’ devices. On average, more than 50% of users download applications without looking for reviews or checking for their reputation online. Most of them trust what developers claim about their apps.
8. The most vulnerable apps:
Most users trust what developers say about their apps. There have been many cases where this trust has led to serious security incidents; some of these are the following: The most vulnerable apps are educational in nature because they are intended to be used by children and teenagers who usually don’t know much about security. Also, there were several reports that revealed that several educational holes and allowed attackers to gain control over the devices of the users.
9. How do mobile applications become infected?
The third most vulnerable apps are popular games such as Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Subway Surfers, and Temple Run, to name a few, because they have attracted millions of users that download them from the internet, and this leads to people not worrying about security issues.
A malicious app is created when an attacker creates an application (or a link) that can contain a virus or malicious code. These viruses allow attackers to gain control over the devices of users who downloaded them from the internet. It can be through:
10. Sending directly from an attacker.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messenger applications, and it allows users to send messages to their friends and contacts. This means that whenever someone sends you a link or a message which contains this link, you can install the security of the application without knowing anything about it. Whatsapp also allows users to exchange multimedia data for free. But, when you receive a message or a link containing an image, you can’t always check the source of it to make sure that it’s not infected with malware. A simple click will install the application on your device and change all your settings automatically; this is called installing the app silently. The internet contains millions of malicious links and websites that contain viruses that can infect users’ devices through the use of third-party applications. The most common are:
11. Control over the device
When users download from the web, they can install malware automatically by clicking on a malicious link without knowing that it’s infected. Malicious code present in these mobile apps can perform different actions depending on the type of virus, such as taking control over the device, showing fake alerts, and tricking users into installing various apps. It is possible for developers to hide malware or other malicious code in the description field of applications. This allows users to install them and get infected with viruses without being warned about it.
12. Different types of mobile application attacks:
The main goal of hackers who create malicious apps is to gain control over the devices of users and steal their data, identity, and any other personal information by using Trojans, untrusted apps, and social engineering tactics. A Trojan is an app that has a small malware component. It can be small, like one-third of a megabyte, and use a simple trick to get control over the device. Malware is that performs specific tasks, and they are usually expensive to develop, so they are not common in mobile applications.
Once the application’s security is installed, it displays fake alerts such as: “Your Photo has been Updated,” “Invitation from Your Friends,” etc.. and trick the user into installing other applications that contain malware. Even if the user installs some of these apps, they will not work correctly, and their responsibility is to hide their presence from the user. This type of threat is known as “Ghost Apps” because they don’t reveal themselves at any time, and therefore, users have no idea about them and can’t uninstall them. Appsealing provides appshielding.