SSL Certificates in Mobile Applications
By Sana Dunn
Mobile internet and applications have overtaken desktop use as people are enjoying the ease and convenience of their mobile gadgets. But the widespread use of mobile apps has created the need for better mobile security. Secure socket layer (SSL) certificates help secure mobile apps and websites by adding an encryption layer via HTTPS. This article provides insight into what you need to know about SSL certificates.
What is an SSL Certificate?
When you mention SSL certificates, what comes to most people's minds is desktop websites. However, the use of SSL certificates is not limited to desktop websites. It has expanded to mobile applications and mobile websites. 90% of people spend time on their phone on one app or the other. These apps contain sensitive information, personal data, and other vital details that need to be kept secure from malicious intruders.
SSL enables the authentication, encryption, and decryption of data and an SSL certificate shows that mobile users’ details are secured through encryption. The SSL certificate helps the website or web app move from HTTP to the greater security of HTTPS. The certificate makes SSL encryption possible, containing the web identity and public key. The SSL certificate gives users or visitors a secure feeling when surfing the website or mobile application.
What Information Does SSL Certificate Contain
- Information of the person, device, or organization that obtained the certificate
- The domain name the certificate got issued for
- Certificate authority digital signature
- The certificate authority that issued it
- Issue date of the certificate
- The expiration date of the certificate
- Associated subdomains
- The public key (the private key is kept private)
Why SSL Certificate is Essential for Securing Mobile Apps
The use of mobile applications has become so common that almost all internet users use one or more mobile applications daily. People trust the companies behind these mobile applications so much they often don't think before inputting their details. Most app developers have good intentions towards their users, but you cannot trust hackers who try to take advantage of any gaps in security.
SSL certificates are an important step toward making sure user data on mobile applications remains protected and uncompromised.
SSL certificates also allow VPNs to encrypt user data and allow the use of different VPNs for encryption. Webopedia has a list of some of the best VPNs.
Threats Associated with Mobile App Security
There are several threats associated with mobile app security. Here are some common examples:
- Viruses and Trojans: Viruses and Trojans are prevalent threats that affect mobile phone applications. They can transfer and tamper with your information and details.
- Phishing and Grayware apps: Phishing and Grayware apps look like real apps, but they are not. They get information from mobile phones and mobile apps, putting you at high risk.
- Malware and spyware: Malware and spyware are mobile scripts installed on your phone without your consent. These can cause havoc in your phone by getting access to sensitive information and details. They can also get details of your contacts, putting more people at risk.
- Browser exploits: Browser exploits leverage undetected security flaws in your browser. It also syncs with other mobile applications that work with your browser.
- Drive-by downloads: Refers to malware that gets installed on your mobile device while visiting a website or opening an email. They use your mobile phone to perform malicious acts.
With an SSL certificate, you can ensure high security and reduce mobile application threats. SSL certificates alongside VPNs encrypt your data, making them secure and safe from intruders. With an SSL certificate, you are free to use your mobile applications without fear.