Who is a hacker? When anybody’s asked to picture and describe what’s coming into his mind when hearing this word that particular anybody would probably describe some young man in a hoodie with massive coding skills and an equal to genius IQ level. A young man sitting in some basement-like flat surrounded with multiple computers and parts that is lurking around tons of code in a desperate thirst for vulnerabilities of governmental resources. When this description is what Hollywood is constantly showing us it is as far from reality as a NY cop shooting down helicopters with cars straight in the middle of a panicking city.
Yet, on the other hand, massive cyber-attacks are as real as the screen of the device you are reading this article on. It’s just that hackers are usually operating with methods that are less tech-brilliance related. These people are simply sneaky enough to use your weakness to their advantage. Mobile application security testing is important to both your company and your users. What are the hackers top picks to get into your software?
- The first thing any hacker will try is tricking the user. As such a way is apparently the easiest. And hackers have wide arsenals of tricks anybody might fall for. The tricks here vary from something simple like the foul person impersonating the system’s administrator and is simply requesting user data for some fishy validation purposes to something as complex as a creation of your websites clone with all the interface and layouts and stuff and tricking users into entering their passwords and logins. That particular scheme is often achieved with providing users with wrong URL’s that will actually seem right to the user. The hackers will be interfering with the address bar’s display functions, etc. So be warned and watch out here.
- People tend to pay less attention to stuff they are creating in-house while dedicating lots of effort in pen testing various third-party programs. The input validation flaw like the major under-question category here. What I mean is the situation allowing client-facing or outside input to override the appropriate subsystem’s functionality.
- Legacy software you are now far from supporting is as vulnerable as an army of sword-armed horseman on a modern battlefield full of tanks and missiles. Usage of the unsupported software’s soft belly opens an ocean of hacking possibilities, thus be warned and inform your users about such dangers.
- Patch in time. Extra attention is required with third-party pieces like Java or Adobe, etc. If the patching approach in your company is not treated as serious as the app development itself you are risking some cyber-attack exposure of your mobile application or a website or any other software peace you possess.
- Have different passwords for everything hence one compromised password during any data loss may lead to disastrous results if it is valid for more potentially harmful activities. Change all the password when one was compromised even if they are different. That is a swell practice.
- Hashing is one of hacker’s favorite things to place some malicious software thus this step requires as much attention and security testing as you may provide it and more.
Although these 6 places are the most common for you to test as much as possible no other piece of your software is 100% secure as the skills of modern hackers are constantly evolving. Thus self-education is as important with Pen Testing as air.