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Checklist: iOS App Security for Protecting Data

Checklist: iOS App Security for Protecting Data

Posted by: MetaOption on September 30, 2014

The Smartphone industry has marked a major growth on the global level. With the huge innovative and advanced features, a smartphone has become a necessity these days. Mobile Applications have played a major role in enhancing your smartphone usability.  Following which, there is always an immense demand for new and advanced mobile applications, which benefits the smartphone users.

Apple’s iOS operating system is considered as one of the most innovative and secured mobile platforms. The iOS operating system runs various popular and most-desired gadgets like the Apple iPhone, iPad and iTouch. Apple iTunes Store consists of numerous applications and games, which re-defines the experience of owning an Apple device. It also brings huge opportunities for iOS App developers, to develop new iOS applications.

If you are an iOS  application developer, we bring something worth a read for you. Below we have discussed the complete checklist of security testing to follow, which ensures that all user data is highly protected in your newly developed iOS application.

1. Data Security Milestones

A Mobile App Developers follow three major checks for analyzing the security of a newly developed mobile application. These include–

a. Client-side

b. Server-side

c. Protocols for data transfer

These checks can be further split into-

a. Checking how information is sent via the internet

b. Checking privacy settings

c. Checking how the data is stored

d. Evaluating Security

2. Web Traffic Analysis

An iOS Application use different ways for exchanging or transferring data. If used Unencrypted protocols like HTTP, you need to check whether they are used for transferring confidential data or not. And if they use secure protocols like HTTPS, you need to check whether the SSL certificates are validated or not.

3. Privacy

You need to check whether the application accesses and user data without permission or not.

4. Data Storage

During the installation process, an iOS application creates a dedicated folder for storing various system files. You need to check the following-

a. Plist Files- What’s the type of content? Is there any hidden content?

b. Keychain – What is stored here? Check whether all the passwords are securely encrypted or not?

c. Cache – Check what’s cached?

d. Logs – Check whether all the processes are logged or not? 

5. Pentesting

You must have a penetration test for your new iOS application. It helps you in finding the app’s potential vulnerabilities and knowing whether the application can stand against a malicious attack or not. A Pentesting is highly recommended if the application has to do something with bank cards or other confidential data. 


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