Insufficient security features in mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet PCs makes them susceptible to unauthorized access. Misuse of confidential information by hackers can result in bad consequences. Hence, users implement several measures for mobile applications annual security.
Following are some common vulnerabilities in mobile devices:
Lack of Passwords
Passwords are not enabled on some mobile devices. For user authentication and controlled data access, devices need to have passwords. Most devices are technically capable of supporting personal identification numbers, passwords and pattern locks for authenticating users. A biometric reader is another excellent security feature. This reader can scan a finger print of the user for the purpose of authentication. Statistics have revealed that these authentication mechanisms are rarely utilized by users. Even if they are using passwords, they use numerical combinations that can be guessed by a third person. Lack of password authentication is the first major problem encountered by mobile application security services. Information in smart phones and tablet PCs that are not protected by passwords, is easily vulnerable to unauthorized access and thus can be misused by attackers.
Transactions Without Two Factor Authentication
Users often carry out transactions without using two-factor authentication. Studies have shown that, static passwords are more commonly used when compared to two-factor authentication while conducting sensitive transactions online with the help of mobile devices. Using passwords for protecting information stored in the device is a good option. However, using the same for online transactions is not advisable. It is possible for a third person to guess passwords. Moreover, people who forget passwords write them down. Such written passwords can be stolen. Hence, a mobile application security services company uses two-factor authentication for secure transactions. A part of user information is used as the first authenticating factor. Second factor is generated by the system. For instance, one-time passwords are used as second factor in many transactions. These passwords are spontaneously generated by the system and sent to the user through a text message.
Malware in Mobile Devices
Malware is a major threat to device security. It mostly enters a device through downloaded data. If neglected, malware can allow attackers to access sensitive information stored in a mobile device.