Mobile Data Collection: Security

May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Over the past few weeks, we have focused on best practices in mobile data collection. First, we delved into the input level. Next, we explored the output level. Today, we turn our attention to the all-important realm of security.

Generally speaking, a well-built mobile application should be safeguarded with a line of defense against security vulnerabilities. For one, that means encrypting data in transit by enacting Secure Sockets Layer or Transport Layer Security. Such steps protect sensitive information from being intercepted as it travels over Wi-Fi networks.

Additionally, implementing a rigorous user registration and activation process is an essential step in building an all-around robust security policy. User authentication provisions, including the requirement of strong passwords and imposing account lockouts, can go a long way toward securing mobile applications. A mobile data collection tool should not store passwords; users should be required to type in passwords every time they log in.

From a data storage standpoint, security is of utmost importance. Cloud data storage unburdens companies, allowing them to safely and securing un-tether themselves from cumbersome, often unreliable servers. When powerful, insight-generating data is instantly uploaded, backed up and stored securely on cloud-based servers, you can rest assured that data will always be protected and preserved well into the future. Beyond adhering to strict security standards, cloud technology comes with a slew of benefits, such as keeping users connected to data on the go and enabling the immediate syncing of data.

At GoSpotCheck, we have data protection and security on the brain each and every time we build a new application module or enhancement. Guaranteeing the security of a mobile application is all about eliminating risk and protecting users to ensure an optimal, hassle-free experience. The right mobile data collection application should offer periodic and automatic security checks. In other words, security software and safeguards should be updated on a continuous basis without requiring much effort from the customer. Data security should be a native feature. It should be built into the application’s implementation, input, output and every user’s activity—no matter where the user is or how the user is accessing the program.