There are numerous aspects to consider when developing apps securely. One of them is whether to choose a native app or a hybrid app.
When it comes to developing a mobile app, one of the first questions to decide is whether to go native or hybrid. There are numerous aspects to consider here, but the focus in this post is to look at cyber security.
A native app is an app that has been developed to run on a specific platform. Since it is developed for a specific operating system, users can access all device features. Native Android apps are typically written in Java, while iOS apps are written in Objective-C or Swift.
The main differences between native and hybrid apps lie in the development process. Hybrid apps are developed across platforms, while the development of a native app is done only for a specific operating system. Another difference lies in the performance of the app. It is obvious that a hybrid app cannot deliver the same performance as an app tailored to a single platform. Ultimately, the choice of whether native or hybrid app development depends on the goals and priorities of the app.
By providing a direct connection between web content and the operating system, the use of WebViews tears a hole in the security provided by the browser sandbox. Basically, WebViews can be vulnerable to all the attacks that web applications are vulnerable to. However, there are also new types of security risks. For example, if the application has access to the phone's contacts and there is a cross-site scripting vulnerability, it is possible for an attacker to steal the contact information from the victim's device.