The Minimalist Guide to Mobile Application Security: Why Less Can Be More

Mobile applications have become a great help to those who want to take advantage of the latest technology. However, using the latest technology also involves risks. The most common areas where there is threat in security for mobile applications include application provisioning, security monitoring and analysis, user authentication and device management.

Ensuring mobile application security is a must and the “less is more” approach could be more beneficial in achieving this goal. You would think that adding more rules, security tools and safeguards is the best approach. When you take streamlined application design into consideration, you will see why less is more is the better tactic. Try designing mobile applications in a way that the amount of data permitted in device downloads or exposed in apps is minimized. This will help you reduce the risk of revealing sensitive information.

You can also choose what information you will show in a mobile application. For example, you can create a few must have functions or screens instead of presenting large amounts of important data or developing a completely new consumer relationship management system. The best approach is to simplify the mobile app and improve its security and usability.

You can use color codes or icons to limit the information you reveal while expediting navigation. For example, your customers are classified into three levels. Instead of completely defining the full meaning of those levels, a simple color code can give the user a hint about what level a certain customer is in.

Showing a visual icon can deliver information faster in a mobile application. Streamlining the design can also help you display less sensitive information. For example, if an upcoming birthday is noted in the app, the app design could show a simple boxed present image instead of a text reminder. 

It is also important to implement certain security measures. The mobile platform you are using should be equipped with built-in security features that can handle data encryption and allow you to set up authentication and passwords. Some mobile platforms allow applications to be setup so that business information automatically disappears. This feature is particularly beneficial if a device is stolen or lost. If you want to separate your personal information from your business data on your mobile device, there are device management tools that can help you do so. If your device gets stolen or lost, your business data will be deleted right away.

Improving the functionality and security of the mobile app is a must. You have the freedom to choose what you want to reveal in the app. Do not think that including a set of utilities will guarantee the security of your app.  Try using graphical cues and set limits on what can be accessed or downloaded. By doing so, you will be able to develop a mobile app that is more user-friendly and streamlined and reduce security risks for your organization. Design a mobile app with security in mind and don’t forget to test it.