Can Developers Prevent Hacking Of eLearning Apps?

How Can Developers Protect An eLearning App?

An eLearning app is a major resource for businesses today when they have to ensure that the employee always keeps on getting information. Mobile apps can also be hacked, and it can make a company suffer from a loss of goodwill, apart from needing to compensate because their clients data has fallen into the wrong hands. These are the ways that can be used by eLearning app developers to prevent apps from getting hacked.

Ways Developers Prevent Hacking Of eLearning Apps

1. Use SSL Certificates

Once an eLearning app has an SSL certificate, it can ensure that hackers can’t touch its code. Hackers can access the code of an app when it’s installed on a user’s mobile phone. SSL certificates are valid certificates issued by the certificate authority, and every app must have the installation of an SSL certificate on the server. So an SSL certificate makes sure that no malicious person can access the app. When a server has an SSL certificate, the user can easily trust that the data sent to the server is encrypted and vice versa.

The hackers can access all the data sent via HTTP requests from an app to the server when there’s no SSL certificate installed. Hence, it’s the developers’ job to see that the SSL certificate is installed on the server before an app is launched. These certificates are necessary for apps that take payments from users because when a certificate is not present, the data exchange between the app and the server is not concealed/encrypted.

2. Use Code Signing Certificate

The code could be altered by someone, but a developer can ensure that this does not happen with a code signing certificate. When such a certificate has been issued, it states that a genuine software developer has created the code.

These certificates include the timestamp when the code was converted into a .exe file and the developer’s signature, and are used to sign apps by the developers before they are handed over to the client. No one should install software that does not have a code signing certificate because it means it could be malware that has been used to modify the code of the eLearning app.

Any software which does not have the code signing certificate will show a warning message on the user’s phone when it’s installed. Moreover, with a timestamp, if the app was sold with a certificate, it will not show a warning message when the app is installed, even if the code signing certificate has elapsed. The code signing certificate can only be generated when the code is transformed into an executable file. Anyone using the app knows it is from a trusted publisher, even if the certificate has expired.

The timestamp is no longer valid when an error message is shown because someone has altered the source code and generated a new .exe file later than the original timestamp. If the user installs such a modified app containing malware on their system, it can access the server.

The developers can ensure that there is no chance of the server getting hacked by accessing the app. Hence, the app should be tested right from the beginning of its development. When the server can be accessed through the app, many problems can creep in. Malware can be installed on the app and then used to attack the server. When malware gets installed on the server, it can block access to secure files containing the data of so many clients. The developer should use a scanner to know whether the app is prone to be hacked.

3. Check The Code For Security

Code scanning is used to check whether an eLearning app’s code has any security-related problems. This is because such a situation can cause problems later, and hence it’s better to rectify it in the beginning. But sometimes scanners are not such a great option, and hence manual assessment in regard to any security threats is also needed. There can be an attack on a server when it’s on the internet because it caters to HTTP requests. When a hacker has accessed the server, they can get sensitive data. The attacks can happen when a user enables those features which are not essential for the eLearning app’s functioning.

4. Have A Trustworthy LMS

An LMS is at the core of an eLearning app. It makes sure that only authorized users can access it. Hence, a company should get the LMS from reliable providers and avoid open source LMSs. They can ensure that the users are only allowed to log in to the app after two-factor authentication, making them enter an OTP besides their password to log in to the eLearning app.

An LMS with a good API will ensure that the user is only allowed access to the app through precise verification. Users must only be allowed to set strong passwords on the app, which is impossible without a good LMS. When the passwords are weak, hackers can use them to break into the app and access the server.

Creative Technologies

We provide niche elearning solutions to corporate clients. Our company also provides LMS administration services. We are experts in Blended Learning, Mobile Learning and Web Based Training

Originally published at creativtechnologies.com.

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