The world of mobile apps has grown at a rapid pace over the past few years. Even so, mobile security and privacy concerns still arise with any new software that’s introduced into the market. New apps are added to the Play Store every day, which means it can be difficult to keep track of all the threats lurking out there. The good news is that there are safeguards in place to make sure that app developers don’t get an unfair advantage over their competitors by leaking user data or spying on their activities.
Those safeguards come in the form of security policies and procedures—which we’ll talk about later in this article—that app developers must adhere to if they want to be successful in the marketplace. However, as robust as those safeguards might be, they don’t eliminate all risks; that’s why it’s important for users to be aware of those risks so they can make informed decisions about how much trust they put in an app before using it. To help you understand some of the top mobile app security and privacy concerns you need to keep in mind when vetting potential vendors, read on…
Many people have concerns about their data being mishandled by third parties, which is why it’s important to make sure that you’re aware of any privacy risks that may exist with a vendor’s app. There are a number of issues that can cause concern when it comes to an app’s privacy protection. For example, many apps use third-party trackers, which means that they’ll be generating a lot of data about the user without their knowledge.
Some apps may even collect sensitive information, such as location or biometrics, without any form of notification. Other apps may collect data that are unrelated to the core functionality of the app, which can be confusing for users who don’t understand the reason the vendor is collecting that data.
There are certain risks that come with every new mobile app, no matter how strong the policy and procedure protections are. Those risks include the possibility of an app being used by an attacker to infiltrate a user’s network, place malicious ads on their behalf, or even steal their credentials or payment information. An app’s security policy and procedures are an important part of reducing those hacking risks, but they’re not a guarantee against the possibility of them occurring.
That’s why it’s important to take the time to ensure that you’re picking the right app for your specific business needs. You want to make sure that the app has strong security policies and procedures in place to protect you and your organization against any threats that may arise.
Regardless of how robust an app’s privacy policies and procedures are, there are always going to be risks that come with using new software. Those risks may include the vendor accidentally leaking user data or accidentally breaking an app’s functionality. Even with the strongest policies and procedures in place, an app may be susceptible to certain vulnerabilities that allow an attacker to take advantage of them.
To ensure that your organization isn’t subjected to security risks with an app, it’s important to be on top of your vendors’ security updates. Make sure to regularly check vendor websites for notifications about security updates and make sure to install those updates as soon as they become available.
Another issue that can come up when using new software is a trust deficit. That’s when you lower your expectations of a vendor’s service and end up being disappointed when the product doesn’t live up to those expectations. The same thing can happen when using a new mobile app. You may assume that the vendor’s app will meet certain business needs, but when you actually try to put that assumption to the test, you find that those needs aren’t being met.
That’s trust deficit, and it’s something that you need to protect against when vetting potential vendors. That’s why it’s important to take the time to understand the vendor’s business needs and requirements up-front. If you find that the vendor’s app doesn’t meet your needs, you can politely let the vendor know that and find a different solution.
Inappropriate data collection
Another factor to consider when vetting a potential vendor is whether or not the app is collecting the correct data. A vendor’s app may be collecting the correct data for the core functionality of their product, but it may be collecting unrelated data about the user. For example, an app may collect a user’s location without their knowledge. If that location data is for a location that’s unrelated to the app’s core functionality, it may raise privacy concerns. That’s why it’s important to make sure that the vendor’s app is correctly collecting data and using the correct data for its core functionality.
Users’ data being stolen
The final issue to consider is whether or not the vendor’s app is storing the user’s data safely. An app may be safe enough to store data in the app’s local storage, but it may not be safe enough to store data in the cloud. Unfortunately, there are certain vendors who don’t take security seriously and store user data in the cloud, which can be risky. If an attacker gains access to that data, they may be able to steal valuable information, such as user credentials, payment information, and more. That’s why it’s important to make sure that the vendor’s app is storing the user’s data in the safest way possible.
These are just a few of the top security and privacy concerns that you’ll need to keep in mind when vetting potential vendors. Hopefully, this article has provided you with a better understanding of some of those issues and how to mitigate them. It may seem like app security and privacy issues come up randomly and randomly, but they’re not always random. They’re always the result of a specific set of circumstances. That’s why understanding those issues and implementing safeguards is so important—it’s crucial to the success of any new app.