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Sunday, May 20 2018
What Is Penetration Testing? Reasons to Perform Penetration Testing for Your Mobile Apps

Mobile apps are the perfect target for cybercriminals. When building mobile apps for Android or iOS platform, it is essential to test for vulnerabilities while developing it – not just when the application is developed completely.

Penetration testing can be included as part of the app development process because vulnerabilities can be easily identified at the early stage, allowing mobile app developers to make some critical changes before the app is developed completely. This saves development costs, ensuring that the final product is safe and secure to use.

What Is Penetration Testing?

In simple words, penetration testing, also known as pentest, is the process of testing your mobile apps for vulnerabilities. The main purpose of this test is to secure important data from outsiders like hackers, who can have unauthorized access to the application and exploit the app to access sensitive information if any kind of vulnerability is identified within it.

Generally, vulnerabilities are introduced by accident during development and implementation phase. Common vulnerabilities include configuration errors, application bugs, and design errors.

Testers use different sophisticated tools and advanced knowledge of IT to identify the behaviour of an attacker, who penetrates the client's app to get information and access to higher permissions without proper authorization.

Penetration testing tools can also be used to identify standard vulnerabilities in the application. These tools will scan code to check whether there is any malicious code present in the system by examining data encryption techniques and figuring out different hard-coded values like username and password.

Penetration testing is important for enterprises because

  • Financial apps like banking, investment banking, and stock trading exchange want to keep their data highly secured, so penetration testing is important to ensure security.
  • If a mobile app is hacked, the organization can determine whether any threats are available in the application in order to avoid future hacks.
  • Proactive penetration testing is the best safeguard against hackers.

Types of Penetration Testing

The type of a penetration test selected depends on the purpose and scope of the company and organization — whether they want to simulate an attack by an employee, a network admin, or external sources. Generally, there are three different types of penetration testing:

In black-box penetration testing, the tester is not provided with much information about the application he/she is going to test and it is the tester’s responsibility to gather information about the target network, system, or application.

In white-box penetration testing, the tester will get complete information about the network, system, or application along with the source code, OS details, and other required information. It can be considered a simulation of an attack by internal sources.

In grey box penetration testing, the tester will have the partial knowledge of the application or system. Thus, it can be considered as an attack by an external hacker, who had gained illegitimate access to an organization’s network infrastructure documents.

Reasons to Perform Penetration Testing for Your Mobile App Prevent Future Attacks by Guessing the Behaviour of Attackers

You can’t be sure about the hackers who may hack your mobile application, backend system, and snipe your important data and information. But what you can do is forecast such scenarios and avoid related risks. You can only guess the behaviour of hackers and discover flaws and vulnerabilities in the code and try to fix them as soon as hackers exploit them. Therefore, penetration testing is the most required security test.

In a penetration test, testers will make use of different tools like Quixxi, Qark, IBM Application Security in Cloud, and Drozer to test the application and know the behaviour of an attacker who may penetrate the application and get access to information and important data.

According to well-known security expert Bruce Schneider, testers will try to break into an application to show that they can or to document vulnerabilities. While performing a penetration test, testers will simulate a remote attack, physical penetration of a data center. or social engineering attacks.

Reveal Critical Vulnerabilities in Your App

Just like a vulnerability valuation, penetration testing uncovers critical vulnerabilities in your application and provides recommendations on strengthening your security. Using penetration tests, testers will scan operating systems, network devices, and applications to identify known and unknown vulnerabilities and make a detailed report containing a complete list of the vulnerabilities and their criticality.

According to the Tony Martin-Vegue, a Senior Manager at Cyber-Crime CSO Online, “It’s one thing to run a scan and say, 'You are vulnerable to Heartbleed' and a completely different thing to exploit the bug and discover the depth of the problem and find out exactly what type of information could be revealed if it was exploited. This is the main difference – the website or service is being penetrated, just like a hacker would do.”

However, the main reason to perform mobile app security tests is that it will go one step ahead of a vulnerability assessment and act upon different vulnerabilities that are found. It mainly identifies different ways to exploit the identified vulnerabilities to discover attacks against a company’s mobile application that has user data. In short, penetration testing will allow you to comprehend to what extent your mobile application’s vulnerabilities can be exploited by hackers.

On a Concluding Note

Penetration testing is one of the best security tests for a mobile application to discover vulnerabilities and bugs that may be exploited by hackers. This security test is necessary to perform these days, as security breaches are already making national news and many hacked companies, like Home Depot, are paying big settlement amounts.

Therefore, it is a must to perform penetration testing for every single mobile application that you develop or make sure that you get it performed from the mobile app development agency that develops your application.

If you would like a free telephone consultation without obligation to run through your mobile application testing requirements please call us on +44 203 086 8000  or book appointment in our online diary here 

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Sunday, March 18 2018
How you can speed up your mobile app development?

Mobile app development is a very complex and time-consuming activity that needs lot of efforts and proper synchronisation. The developers may suffer badly due to hectic schedules, coding and deadlines. If the app developers are not using the right methods of mobile app development, it will surely affect the quality and speed of the app.

Many business owners and entrepreneurs are struggling to build the best mobile app that survives in the competition. These days, mobile apps are built to get recognition by targeting potential customers. If the app won’t be able to get the required attention, then your hard work goes in vain. Nowadays, hundreds of mobile apps are emerging in the market every day.

The benefits of your app may diminish with time, especially if the app development process slows down. If you want your app to be effective enough to attract thousands of users, it should be developed in the right time.

In this post, I will help you understand some of the best methods to speed up mobile app development process.

Focus on Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Mobile app developers often make the mistake of releasing fully developed app. In order to develop a quality app, it is must to focus on MVP that would help you in building app presence in the market. When you focus on MVP, the users get a sneak peak of what your app is about and how it is beneficial for them. You can get feedback from the users and make necessary changes accordingly. Stick to the right measures of improvement and release the updates in a timely manner using agile techniques.

If you take a look at some of the popular apps like Airbnb, Mail Chimp, etc – you will find that these apps were well tested by MVP. You should understand the customer’s reactions and requirements before taking the plunge. Focusing on the MVP helps you highlight the capabilities of your idea and build a quality app.

Start designing using wireframes

Wireframes give you an idea of what you need to achieve. Not only this, they will help you figure out the information architecture of the product you want to build. When your customer approaches you with an idea, you should first focus on the design and then jump into app development. Wireframes help you set a clear direction for the whole app development effort you are going to put.

If you are going to develop an app without considering the design, you will end up designing a useless app. Wireframe helps you estimate the visual design and not the actual development timeline. Focus on low-fidelity wireframes to speed up the app development process. Wireframes give you a unified platform to discuss the functionality of your app. The thoughts and ideas of app developers can be sketched to awesome user experience by creating low fidelity wireframes. Remember that good things always come with limitations and there are different ways to overcome the challenges.

If you are not sure about the right methods of mobile app development, you should consult a reputed mobile app developer.

Hybrid app development

There is always a debate whether one should choose hybrid app development or native app development. Well, hybrid apps are built using different web technologies such as – JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Native app development is limited to a single platform and it is time-consuming. For example – an app development for Android platform cannot work on iOS platform. It is always a good idea to choose hybrid app development, if you want to speed up the app development process without spending more money.

There are a few cross-platform hybrid solutions such as – Xamarin, Appcelerator Titanium, Kony, Adobe PhoneGap, etc that can help you launch your apps for iOS, Android & Windows. Separate implementation is going to increase delays if you go with native app development.

Cross Platform Development

Outsourcing

Outsourcing mobile app development to a specialist is one of the best ways to speed up app development process. Developing the app using in-house app developers is no doubt a great idea. However, if the app has some complexities that need special skills, it is better to outsource those elements of app.

Remember that mobile app development agencies have people with different skillset who take care of different elements of your app. When any complexity arrives during the app development, they can handle it with ease. It is always a better solution to outsource app development task, especially if you have tight schedules.

Agile Development

If you are working on waterfall development method, you should switch immediately to agile development. There are many app development companies that follow agile development as it speeds up the process. Though waterfall development provides a better structure than agile development, app developers prefer agile development because of the productive results. The main reason behind agile app development is that the companies can’t take the risk of staring all over again.

Agile development has a flexible software structure that is ideal for open-ended communication between app owners and app developers. In short, it accelerates the app development process and ensures that the app is built on time.

Automated Testing

Automated testing is one of the important phases of mobile app development that reduces the mobile app development cycle. Organisations can run the entire suite of tests at a time during automated testing. This reduces the time spent on manual testing and helps in improving the security of the app.

Automated testing comprises of several testing methods that are applied simultaneously to save time. As the testing procedure becomes faster, the app development process also speeds up. Implementing more than one testing method offers error-free code. Some companies manage a library of features that just need to be integrated into the app. All these techniques can help in building the app a lot faster.

Conclusion

Embrace the best app development methodologies to speed up the app development process and launch the app at the right time. Whether it is sticking to hybrid designs, focusing on MVP, working on wireframes or automated testing, you can surely speed up the mobile app development timeline. If you are a beginner in mobile app development, implement the above methods to shoot through the process of app development. Give importance to wireframes and cross-platform app development so that you can give new life to your idea.

If you would like a free telephone consultation without obligation to run through the opportunities which a mobile app or desktop software package can help your business please call us on +44 203 086 8000  or book appointment in our online diary here 

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Saturday, March 17 2018

 Do you have a mobile app strategy? Do you know that everyone is now glued to their mobiles phones and social media? Do you know that a mobile application in your business can help increase sales, reduce costs, improve operational efficiencies, engage and retain more of your customers? 

Why every business needs a mobile app strategy

                                  

A Mobile App is a lead generation, communication and engagement platform. (Communication is two ways, you can initiate a push notification of your offers, you can send a link to your offers very fast, mobile reservation & m-commerce transaction is faster and better. You can link to all your social media pages and encourage your customer to leave a review. This is also the easiest way to gather images and videos of your customer for your online gallery.    

               

It also best to have your loyalty program on the mobile app because your customers have their mobile phones with them always. This one platform where you can have all your offers in a digital mobile coupon that can be easily shared. (Mobile app integrated with social media gives you a viral marketing strategy). 

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Benefits of a custom-made mobile app 

  • Make it easy to generate customer referrals by giving your customers your mobile app to be in constant touch with your business and for them send a download to their friends to also become customers 
  • Easy for customers to give you positive online reviews on Trip Advisor, Trust Pilot Amazon etc 
  • Easy for customers to post instant videos and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc giving you valuable social media coverage 
  • Increase your online presence and Google ranking 
  • google love mobile apps and gives extra SEO ranking points to companies who have a mobile app and who are constantly building and improving more quality content 
  • Build a valuable customer database to engage and send Instant messages, special offers, promotions photos, videos, links to some or all of your customers mobile which will be opened within 5 minutes on average to become busy any time you choose 
  • Give your customers digital loyalty rewards from your app 
  • It will give you more brand awareness and improve your brand Image 
  • Your app will save you Time and Money on marketing and printing costs 
  • It will make it easier to  organise, operate and manage your business

Plus, lots more benefits which we can help you to maximise the new technology once it becomes clearer on how your individual circumstances can be adapted to add strategies to best suit your objectives 

If you would like a free telephone consultation without obligation to run through the opportunities which a mobile app or desktop software package can help your business please call us on +44 203 086 8000  or book appointment in our online diary here 

 

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