App security standards you should know about

Now more than ever, your app’s security is critical.

Smartphones help us manage virtually everything we do online, from emails and social networking to banking and home automation systems. The trust we place in apps cannot be broken, and the proper security protocols must be in place. Neglecting these can tarnish your company's reputation and lead to hefty penalties for data breaches.

Below, the Monedata team has put together everything you need to know about app security standards, offering insights into risk mitigation and enhancing user safety.


The path to a secure mobile app is paved with thorough security testing.

Techniques such as Penetration Testing emulate cyberattacks to uncover potential vulnerabilities, while Static Application Security Testing scrutinises the app's source code for security gaps. You should also consider Dynamic Application Security Testing, which evaluates the app in an operational state, detecting possible security flaws.

Secure code

The essence of any secure mobile application is its code.

Implement code obfuscation and encryption to protect against reverse engineering and tampering. While runtime application self-protection tools provide real-time security, they should complement, not replace, secure coding practices.

API security

The use of unauthorised APIs is like willingly inviting a Trojan horse into your system.

Ensure you only utilise authorised, well-documented APIs from trusted vendors. For example, when integrating APIs from renowned platforms like Airbnb, use only official channels. Vigilantly check that the APIs adhere to stringent security protocols.

Development libraries

Libraries are a boon in app development, yet they can serve as conduits for cyberattacks if compromised. Opt for libraries with a solid reputation and consistent updates.

Ensure that you are employing the most recent tools and kits available.


 Implementing robust yet accessible authentication methods can encourage users to safeguard their data. Techniques like two-factor authentication, fingerprint scanning, and facial recognition, especially those utilising on-device technologies like Face ID, elevate security without burdening users and put the onus on them to protect their accounts.


Data in motion is especially vulnerable to interception.

Encrypting data ensures that, even if intercepted, it remains indecipherable to unauthorised entities. Advanced methods like tokenisation should be used to enhance data security.


 Security is a continuous endeavour, not a one-time fix.

 Consistent updates and patches are crucial for the app's adaptation to emerging security challenges and vulnerabilities. Keep your code up-to-dat, and don’t skimp on development.

 Wrapping up

The commitment to mobile app security requires a comprehensive approach, integrating elements from secure coding and authorised APIs to regular updates and effective authentication methods. Today's digitally aware consumers demand robust security; failing to meet these standards can severely affect your business. At Monedata, we prioritise the security and privacy of your users, adhering to industry standards such as Google Play guidelines and EU & UK GDPR regulations. Click here to find out more and get started.


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