New Android app security trends to protect your data in 2023


Each new version of Android comes with new security features. Some of them are built-in to help protect your sensitive data, while others offer better access permission controls.

General security updates address vendor-specific hardware and software, Authorization Controller, and MediaProvider issues. Device-specific security updates address issues and vulnerabilities discovered in specific device models.

If you’re worried about your privacy and security while using Android apps, you should know that there are a lot of moving parts on the board. Here are the most notable Android app security trends to keep your data safe in 2023.

New versions of security applications

The market for security applications for Android has never been as dynamic as it is today. New app versions are released regularly, while top security app vendors continue to release updates to address newly discovered vulnerabilities and cyberattack vectors.

New security applications will have to meet high expectations. They should provide excellent protection against malicious websites, malware, viruses, theft, and data breaches and leaks while having minimal impact on performance.

New apps will come with user-friendly privacy protection features to allow easy app locking. Scam alerts are also a massive deal, as are critical notifications such as data breach alerts.

Application development with a focus on security

Many Android development teams already code apps following security best practices. However, the new trend in the development lifecycle is set to forever change the way developers approach security. This trend is called DevSecOps.

It introduces security as one of the vital aspects of every application development lifecycle. This implies that security should be an essential part of all stages of the development lifecycle, including:

  • Coding.
  • Trigger builds.
  • Package deployment.
  • Monitoring for problems in the runtime.

DevSecOps best practices will also apply to coding, testing, and implementing new features, ensuring that security is an essential part of application development.

Everything DevSecOps needs to become mainstream methodology is already there, including static application security testing, software composition analysis, and dynamic application security testing.

Proactive Security

More and more Android users depend on mobile apps to manage their cryptocurrencies. Given the considerable value of some crypto tokens, these users are a target for cybercriminals who want to grab their crypto savings.

Until now, mobile app security solutions have been more responsive. The new trend heralds more proactive in-app security measures. It all comes down to being able to detect the threat and prevent it rather than repair the damage it causes.

Proactive mobile app security will benefit both mobile app brands and users. It has the immense power to reduce cybersecurity risks, lower costs and instill confidence in mobile users.

New mobile app security standards

Google is constantly working to expand mobile app security standards in the Play Store. This is one of the most effective ways to protect end users and keep their data secure. Next year, we should expect to see Google pushing new security best practices.

Chances are Google isn’t alone in this. The App Defense Alliance shares Google’s perspective on mobile app security standards. Both of these big names have already started advocating for organizations that provide free resources on mobile app security best practices, including the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).

We should see new mobile application security standards, such as the latest version of the Mobile Application Security Audit Standard. The new version of MASVS indicates that security testing must follow all stages of the application development lifecycle, which we already covered when talking about DevSecOps.

The only thing that remains to be seen is how many Android software developers will adopt OWASP standards and whether there will be more pressure on companies testing mobile apps for increased security.

Conclusion

New security trends in the Android app development niche tell us that the Android operating system and apps available through the Google Play Store will be more secure (at least a little) than they used to be. This year. We should expect many more releases of new security apps, the rise of DevOps, proactive security measures, and new mobile app security standards.

It is heartening to see that professionals are taking many crucial steps on many fronts to protect the privacy and data of mobile users.

If you want to stay tuned with the latest developments in this area, be sure to keep an eye on Android Security Bulletin, as it regularly publishes details about security vulnerabilities affecting Android smartphones and tablets.