For all your business’s app development projects, you need to have the right set of questions to ask your app developer. These could be based on encryption, security, backend coding and workflow based on the different operating systems.
Your small business should have a short review of what you are setting out to achieve and how your developer could approach it. This would enable the app developer to work with your objectives in mind. Here are five essential questions you should ask your developer:
1. Is all the data stored in an encrypted format at all times?
Your developer must use libraries like Common Crypto and javax.crypto to encrypt sensitive data. Your business data is only secure when the mobile OS is a trusted non-rooted, non-jailbroken device with a passcode. With libraries, sensitive data can be identified, password-protected, log files and cookies reviewed and recorded. By doing so, your business data can only be extracted with files like SQLCipher.
2. Is there a developer process and workflow?
Ask your app developer if a work process is being followed to be in sync in terms of their personality, values and work style. Understand how they work by determining the speed, quality and cost factors when your developers deal with other clients. This enables you to get a thorough understanding of the final product and creates a system.
3. Have you secured your mobile backend as you have with the app?
Mobile security requires backend APIs that need to be validated and constantly reviewed. To allow your data and the app to be secure, you must constantly validate the presence, length, range, type, and format of inputs. This includes whether your developer uses third-party apps or HTML5 or hybrid apps with frameworks based on platforms.
4. Has the HTTPS encryption been enforced across all data online?
In terms of securing your network communications, you should ensure that your developer has encrypted your files using HTTPS on the web and a valid SSL certificate for apps. With this, your app developer can pin the server’s certificate and enable a two-way SSL authentication on your apps. This provides an added feature that keeps your backend safe by supporting strong protocols and ciphers.
Questions like how you capture database and web system information needs to be asked. Does your app have a conversation flow and connect with the internal system like an API? This must be encrypted and the API details should be only accessible by you and your developer.
5. How are updates managed?
When regular users share their reviews and concerns, apps should be regularly updated. There should be a good understanding of these updates in terms of costs and how the monthly retainer will consolidate these reviews for the next update. The App Store requires two weeks of notice before an update can be approved.
After you ask these questions to your developer, assess if you are in possession of the code and all the file logs and data. Since you are paying a large sum of money for your work, you need to have access to the app’s analytics, accounts, licenses, and database. These five steps will help you ask the right questions and help you ensure that your work is completed in a timely manner and its progress is tracked.