Security and user identification are hot topics of conversation. To avoid fraud and identity theft, companies offering a mobile app can use the latest technologies to improve security and protection. Establishing better ways to confirm the identity of a person attempting to sign up or log back in after a period of time away from the service is useful for security-conscious businesses that must protect their customers’ data and systems.

Here are some thoughts about ways that mobile apps can be made safer.

Security First Mindset Shift

For mobile app developers, it’s necessary to approach the development and all subsequent updates from the perspective of security first.

It is wholly unacceptable to view development as adding new features and then, subsequently, considering the security implications of them. When customer data is at stake along with the integrity of the brand’s reputation, security must not only be the first consideration but also thoroughly integrated into the mobile app development framework.

Authenticator Apps for Two-Factor Confirmation

Authenticator apps are useful for companies with a mobile app that seek to verify the device’s user in a loose manner. This is typically after they have initially been signed up. A unique code is generated by an app like Google Authenticator, or LastPass Authenticator which permits a push-based method for verification from a web app that’s associated with the mobile app.

These two-factor verification systems are useful to confirm continued access through an authenticator app already set up to generate a relevant live code which is refreshed every few seconds. While there’s no personally identifiable details confirmed when using such an app, it’s still helpful for an original app or website to verify that the person accessing them matches the original credentials of the person that signed up.

Identity Verification Service for Confirming ID Information

The idea with Cognito is that it goes well beyond the scope of a social security number as an identity verification service for individuals. The service can be incorporated into mobile apps using a variety of languages through Cognito’s API.

As the mobile app user enters more information, their system can act to verify that information. A scoring system helps confirm the veracity of their personal information provided. There’s also a check made against which U.S. citizens have passed away to avoid a common fraud where a criminal may attempt to open an account using a deceased person’s details.

Identifying details about the mobile device is stored as an additional way to confirm that the person supplying the information is using the owner’s device and is therefore one and the same. The Cognito service provides reassurance to banks and other companies with security critical operations about who is attempting to sign up or access a user’s account.

The ever-evolving world of security for mobile devices is difficult for every business that offers a mobile app. How can they provide genuine users with access to their accounts while preventing others who may attempt illicit access? How can identification methods be improved upon and function in real-time? Thankfully, there are security firms hard at work providing these types of solutions to make the mobile world a safer one.

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