Nobody wants to develop insecure mobile apps, but mistakes can happen when people move quickly to meet a release timeline. Just look at the headlines about security and privacy breaches suffered by leading companies and NowSecure benchmarking that reveals security and privacy risks.
Mobile app developers can take a few steps to improve code quality. First, they should become familiar with the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Mobile Security Project resources such as the Mobile Top 10 and Mobile Application Verification Standards (MASVS). In addition, they can upskill with mobile application security courses and adopt secure coding best practices. And finally, they should continuously test apps in the dev toolchain with automated mobile application security testing.
As one of the few mobile application security companies specifically dedicated to mobile, NowSecure experts have performed thousands of mobile application penetration tests. What follows are the five most common security and privacy issues our team encounters along with advice for how mobile app developers can avoid making them.