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Ubiquitous enterprise mobility lets the employees stay connected and use mobile devices on the move, wherever and whenever, for seamless transfer of massive sensitive data.  Large enterprises are collaborating toward a smarter and more connected world through the innovative use of mobile apps to deliver data, services, and, real-time tracking, and analytics for making informed decisions. Wherever mobility thrives, hackers are ready to target mobile apps and devices for malicious activities. 

It is reported that 90% of apps surveyed had at least 2 out of 10 apps had major security risks, according to the recent surveys. It is also reported that around 50% of organizations haven’t allocated any spending toward mobile app security. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important that enterprises should seriously consider mobile app security to secure your app and protect your customer’s data and work together for enterprise mobility solutions to mitigate attacks,  emphasizing integration, and avoid long-term contracts. Here’s a look at ten strategies for enterprises to consider with mobile app security, and help protect their mobile assets from every angle.

1. Strong Authentication

Strong authentication and authorization through Open Authorization (OAuth), Two-factor Authentication (2FA) and Multifactor Authentication (MFA) provide an extra layer of security to the login process. One-click integration of advanced authentication, biometrics, and mobile identity solutions is used for fraud protection.

2. Data Encryption

Data encryption translates data into another form, or code, so that data stored locally is secure and only people with access to a secret key or password can read the encrypted data. Any payment related data we can encrypt and send to the server because leaky apps can release payment information without users knowing it. 

3. Secure App Code

There are a number of security vulnerabilities and risks that are built into the mobile applications source code in order to crash, compromise user data and activities or cause an unintended behavior to occur on the device.  In order to prevent an attack from hacking your own API, secure the app code with API encryption, test your source code, patch and update, and optimize usage.  

4. Secure Transaction

Data servers encrypt and decrypt the data with an encryption key and remove cache of data along with card information in the transaction.

5. Remote Wipe
 

Mobile users are increasingly vulnerable to hacker attacks to exploit user data.  Configure and update the mobile device remotely, over-the-air. Remote data wipe capabilities in the mobile app enable users to clear sensitive information from the local database of a device to ensure safety and security for lost or stolen devices.

6. API Security

Parameter attacks exploit the data sent into an API, including URL, query parameters, HTTP headers, and/or post content. Identify attacks that intercept legitimate transactions and exploit unsigned and/or unencrypted data being sent between the client and the server. Each API should require app-level authentication. The first step for any resilient API implementation is to sanitize all incoming data to confirm that it is valid and will not cause harm. Make SSL/TLS the rule for all APIs. Apply rigorous authentication and authorization using OAuth.

7. Network Connection

Provide additional security with a VPN (virtual private network), SSL (secure sockets layer), or TLS (transport layer security). Use federation that spreads resources out across servers, and separates key resources from users, with encryption measures.

8. App Testing

App testing is crucial to development and promotion. All types of apps, whether it’s native, hybrid, or web app, functionality and usability testing should be done to detect vulnerabilities in the code and ensure proactive security measure. Consult a network security specialist to conduct penetration testing and vulnerability assessments of your network to ensure the right data is protected in the right ways. Test apps for authentication, authorization, and session tracking. Perform app testing in a simulated environment with emulators.    

9. Device Access Control
 

Control and protect physical access to the device by a policy-defined password, keystroke pattern, biometric scan, hand geometry, facial location or recognition, iris scan, voice recognition, or signature based on the data collected from the sensors.

10. Mobile App Wrapping
 

App approval process isn’t easy either. App store is known for rejecting apps that are incomplete, slow to load, and contain major bugs that are difficult to fix. If apps aren’t monetized through In-App Purchases (IAP), there are possibilities of rejection of your app. Apps shouldn’t spam their users or be obvious copycats or clones of other apps. Also, apps have to comply with specific laws or regulations to make the approval process smooth.

Mobility is pervasive and increasingly hackers are lurking to steal sensitive information and compromise app security. With a solid mobile app solution and a mobile security strategy on hand to help you respond quickly to threats and bugs, your app will be a safer, more secure place for users.

Swift is a fantastic multi-platform programming language targeted for phones, desktops, servers, or anything else that runs code. The favorite app development language of Swift iOS developer brings a major update, and introduces a variety of features in Swift 4 that let us write simpler, safer code.

The new features introduced in Swift 4 include improved key paths for key-value coding, Encoding and decoding, Multi-line string literals, Strings are collections, improved dictionary functionality, One-sided ranges, and many other code enhancements.

1. Encoding and decoding

Swift is focused on bringing a codable protocol that lets you serialize and archive to and from any of the built-in data formats, and any formats.  Even better, you can choose how you want the data to be serialized: you can use JSON or classic property list.

2. Multi-line string literals

Swift 4 has addressed the problems in adding new lines and using double quotes in string with a new Multi line string literal syntax. This lets you add line breaks freely and use three double quote marks and press return key. Thereafter start writing strings with any variables, line breaks and double quotes as you want.

3. Key-value coding

One of the important feature of Objective-C is its ability to grab root object name and drill down any property name dynamically rather than referencing an object key with a simple string literal. These references, key paths, enforce a compile-time check that a type contains the required key, thereby eliminating a common type of runtime error. 

4. Dictionary enhancements

Swift 4 added a new robust functionality to Dictionary and Set. They are much more pleasant to use thanks to a few utility methods that have been added.

Swift 4 has a mapValues method on dictionaries to transform all values, and place them back into a dictionary using the original keys.

It’s now possible to access dictionaries and provide a default value when using the subscript syntax to avoid having to later unwrap an optional.

Finally, a new addition to Dictionary is a grouping initializer which allows you to create a new dictionary by grouping the sequences of an existing collection by whatever criteria you set.

5. Strings 

Just like it was in earlier Swift version, strings are collections again. This means you no longer need to write character-by-character to perform string manipulation. This change was introduced as part of a broad set of amendments called the String Manifesto.

6. One-sided ranges

Swift got influenced from Python to use one side range where missing side will automatically be treated as start or end of sequence. We need not worry about potential breakage as it is not relevant to the existing code.

Now that you have taken a look at best six new features in Swift 4, you're probably eager to start using them, to help keep your codebase fresh and clean. We might see many more improvements to make their way in Swift 4.

There are various ways to build a mobile app in the mobile application development landscape such as Native iOS, Native Android, Cordova, Appcelerator Titanium and more.

Native vs Cross platform vs Hybrid apps

  • Native mobile apps are developed in a programming language native to the device and operating system.

          iOS (Objective-c or Swift), Android (Java) or Windows Phone (C#/Visual Basic & XAML).

  • Cross-platform mobile apps are developed using an intermediate language, such as Javascript, that is not native to the device’s operating system.

          Xamarin, Appcelerator, React Native and NativeScript.

  • HTML5 hybrid mobile apps are cross-platform apps but render the user interface using an embedded web browser, leveraging HTML, CSS and Javascript.

         Cordova, Trigger.IO, Ionic Framework and Telerik Platform.

Which cross platform framework is right for you?

Not all cross-platform solutions are created equal. Create great hybrid apps across different mobile devices with Apache Cordova. Getting started with Cordova App Development is easy. Cordova is a feature-packed which allows you to develop, compile, and deploy highly functional mobile apps. PhoneGap also supports technologies many front-end developers already know. There’s a free plan, or a paid plan that offers increased data and access to more plugins.

Building the App with Apache Cordova

Apache Cordova is an open-source mobile development framework which allows you to leverage standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform mobile application development. With Apache Cordova framework build native-like applications targeted iOS and Android devices by accessing device's capabilities such as sensors, data, network status, etc.

Web Views

The user interface for Apache Cordova applications is created using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The web view used by application is the same web view used by the native operating system

Embedding Web Views

  • iOS: Objective-C UIWebView class
  • Android: android.webkit.WebView
  • Windows Phone 7: WebBrowser
  • Windows Phone 8: WebBrowser control (Internet Explorer 10)
  • BlackBerry: WebWorks framework

Web Apps

The application itself is implemented as a web page, by default a local file named index.html, that references CSS, JavaScript, images, media files, or other resources are necessary for it to run.

Plugins

The application itself is implemented as a web page, by default a local file named index.html, that references CSS, JavaScript, images, media files, or other resources are necessary for it to run.

Cordova Command Line 

$ sudo npm install -g cordova - Install Cordova
$ cordova create hello com.example.hello HelloWorld - Create App
$ cordova platform add ios - Adding ios platform
$ cordova platform add android - Adding Android platform
$ cordova build android - Build your app
$ cordova run android - Run your app on devices
$ cordova emulate android - Run your app on emulator
$ cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-camera - Adding plugin to app
$ sudo npm update -g cordova - Updating your app for latest Cordova


As you have seen Cordova reduces development time since you don’t need to develop a separate app for every platform that you’re planning to support. Moving forward, we recommend you to implement mobile app solutions with Apache Cordova framework.

People are stressed out, scared and seeking information during natural disasters. Disaster assistance teams are well prepared to ensure the safety of families. Rescue and recovery measures are just not enough to fight hurricane and tornadoes which cause extensive damages to the infrastructure. It’s hard for people all over the world to kick back and enjoy the summer without thinking about what might go wrong this year. If you have a widespread disaster such as earthquake, fire, accident, flood or other event that affects large number of people across several states as well as those that just damaged your home or caused financial hardship, mobile app is here to help.

Most of the densely populated cities all over the world have a high level of insurance exposure. These events resulted in the death of people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. The good news is cutting-edge mobile technology have not only made it easier for us to track and survive natural disasters, but salvage our property as well. Smartphone is not only a “lifesaver”, but the current crop of insurance-related apps can actually settle your claims as well. Insurance solutions can easily and quickly manage key claims processes and reduce claim costs significantly. Insurance app is designed to automate and digitize core claims processes in order to widen its reach and increase customer satisfaction.

An example of natural disaster happened in 2013 St. Jude Storm. The hurricane blasted Europe with wind speed of 120.8 mph (194.4 km/h) on 28th October, 2013. It devastated Britain, Germany, Netherlands, and Denmark resulting in several deaths and causing extensive damages to the infrastructure. These densely populated regions of Europe have a high level of insurance exposure. The insurance industry would have incurred costs of £370 million, according to a data from the Association of British Insurers.

A leading insurance claims management company based in Copenhagen turned to Anubavam to devise a mobile solution for natural disasters, which was certainly a challenge to the company. Anubavam identified the need to modernize its existing mobile app development process and create an app which could maximize the sharing of information among insurance assessors and craftsmen for processing claims. As a result, the insurance app was successfully used during the St.Jude storm to manage the insurance claim process. Using the in-built camera within the mobile app, all-in-all 100,000 photos were taken and 30,000 photos during cyclone were taken by assessors and craftsmen for processing claims from the scene of the incident to estimate lost or damaged items and attach it to the report. During the calamity, 2000 users downloaded the mobile app and got their insured claims settled easily. Now, the app has more than 5000 downloads. The key features of the app includes pencil-drawing sketch on photos, image editing tools, unique URL to web application and video editing. Mobile app solutions enables users to access content offline with the option to automatically sync your files when you have network connectivity. The insurance app is a perfect tool for handling major disasters with the simple and user-friendly claims management solution. Here are some of the important features of the insurance claim handling app:

FEATURES

  • Separate login for insurance handler and claimant
  • Login & edit details of the claim
  • View assignment of tasks 
  • Take pictures with camera and/or from archive in phone
  • View reports created by agents, craftsmen and other participants
  • View settlement overview
  • View participants on the claim
  • Send messages and call participants
  • Search claim address using Google Map
  • Offline storage
  • Video trimming while uploading the video of damaged property 

Once you’ve got your mobile app, you may actually be able to safeguard your home and property during emergency and non-emergency situations with the tools and instant alerts to keep you well prepared until the big one hits.

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