Browse Definitions :

BACKGROUND IMAGE: iSTOCK/GETTY IMAGES

This content is part of the Essential Guide: A guide to modern mobile application development strategies
Definition

mobile app security

Contributor(s): Stan Gibilisco

Mobile app security is the extent of protection that mobile device applications (apps) have from malware and the activities of crackers and other criminals. The term can also refer to various technologies and production practices that minimize the risk of exploits to mobile devices through their apps.

A mobile device has numerous components, all of them vulnerable to security weaknesses. The parts are made, distributed, and used by multiple players, each of whom plays a crucial role the security of a device. Each player should incorporate security measures into mobile devices as they are designed and built, and into mobile apps as they are conceived and written, but these tasks are not always adequately carried out. Common vulnerabilities for mobile devices include architectural flaws, device loss or theft, platform weakness, isolation and permission problems and application weakness.

When evaluating mobile devices and apps for security, developers should ask themselves the following questions.

  • How do users obtain a particular app?
  • Should a firm create its own app store?
  • How is an app vetted before it is offered for sale?
  • How is an app protected against malware?
  • Was a particular app written and shipped in too much of a rush?
  • How can users tell the difference between a legitimate app and a fake?
  • How easily can automatic update features get hijacked?
  • What measures exist to control the risk of device jailbreaking?
  • What kind of permissions should a particular app ask for?
  • Can any of the functions and capabilities unique to mobile devices (such as geolocation) enhance app security?
  • Can any other apps keep track of when, where, and how a certain app is used?
This was last updated in March 2013

Next Steps

Deciphering RAD Studio XE8

Continue Reading About mobile app security

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

Dateiendungen und Dateiformate

Gesponsert von:

SearchCompliance

SearchSecurity

  • GPS jamming

    GPS jamming is the process of using a frequency transmitting device to block or interfere with radio communications.

  • time-based one-time password (TOTP)

    A time-based one-time password (TOTP) is a temporary code, generated by an algorithm, for use in authenticating access to ...

  • Security Operations Center (SOC)

    A security operations center (SOC) is a command center facility for a team of IT professionals with expertise in information ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • disaster recovery team

    A disaster recovery team is a group of individuals focused on planning, implementing, maintaining, auditing and testing an ...

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is any type of financial or data protection obtained by a cloud service provider. 

  • business continuity software

    Business continuity software is an application or suite designed to make business continuity planning/business continuity ...

SearchStorage

  • network-attached storage (NAS)

    Network-attached storage (NAS) is dedicated file storage that enables multiple users and heterogeneous client devices to retrieve...

  • SSD (solid-state drive)

    An SSD (solid-state drive) is a type of nonvolatile storage media that stores persistent data on solid-state flash memory.

  • NAND flash memory

    NAND flash memory is a type of nonvolatile storage technology that does not require power to retain data.

Close