Hello All, Today we will discuss the security essentials for Ionic – Cordova mobile applications. If you are a developer then you will always have one question in your mind that is your code is secure? How to secure code in ionic applications? What are the things which need to take care of while developing a hybrid mobile application? If these questions are in your mind then this is the topic for you.
In today’s modern applications mobile application security is the major topic that needs attention. As hackers always looking into a mobile application which had less security or almost none. Today there are many mobile applications built using hybrid frameworks like Ionic / Sencha / Xamarin / React Native. But we will discuss the security in Ionic applications which is the large user platform. We will discuss How to take care security of Ionic applications? How to make our application more secure in Ionic ?.
So, As a developer below are few suggestions to every Ionic developer who wants to secure there application
1. Use HTTPS service instead of HTTP :
This is the major thing that needs to take care of by every developer. Always use the most secure layer while calling a service request so that your data is always safe. The secure socket layer (SSL) will always keep the data secure by the end to end transmission of data. Please see this post for a better idea How to use SSL in Ionic applications?
2. Use AES Encryption :
Using encryption & decryption is always a better option to securely sent the data over the network, retrieve the encrypted data & decrypt it. This is the most common technique known to almost every developer but this also has to mention here as it’s a must requirement. Now, If you looking for
encryption & decryption technique there are many but I suggest you use AES256 encryption as it’s most secure.
3. Use META tags in HTML :
The content security policy (CSP) is the most important META tag use in HTML. It will define resource access location, prevents the browser from getting data from any other location. This will prevent attackers to inject any malicious content into your site or application.
4. Use Cordova Plugin :
There are two main Cordova plugins that need to be used to secure data & code.
To secure storage data I will suggest you use the following plugins which is provide you with local storage security.
For storage security use plugin: https://github.com/crypho/cordova-plugin-secure-storage
To secure a code before publishing our code to the play store/app store you must use the following plugin :
This Plugin will Secure your source code :
5. Use Cloud Server For Secure Operation :
Always use a cloud server to do the security operations in the application. Do the operations at the server which need to be secure & then get the result by using the REST service. This is the main logic to do secure operations as hackers will not able to get any information If they get data then it will be in the