4 Healthy Habits Which Make Software Development More Secure

QArea Expert by QArea Expert on July 24, 2014

4 Healthy Habits Which Make Software Development More Secure
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No matter if you’re building some government-sponsored strategic software or just some business software for in-house use, unsafe software development company’s products are never appreciated as security problems can be very damaging.

In order to alleviate such problems to some extent, IT companies and their software development specialists can adopt a number of useful habits while building the products.

Here are they:

  1. Simplicity

Keep your code simple and avoid complex solutions that many developers are inclined to. Complexity means death to software and architectures. Besides, once implied, it’s growing at a great speed. That’s why it’s critical that developers always look for a simplest possible solution to their tasks as clean and simple code is much easier to maintain and track for vulnerabilities.

  1. Resource access limitation

Almost every app today needs connection to files on the disc or a database and you should make this access to resources fairly restricted. Thus, Windows architecture provides developers with a way to secure their products through access limitation by integrating IIS into Windows Authentication while users are using the same domain. In the event of anonymous database access it also makes sense to create one user for the app and substantially restrict its permissions.

  1. Error management

Not only those gory details of your Web application error displayed right in the browser have a way of upsetting your professional confidence, but they also present a great risk for your product’s security. That’s why you should never swallow them and log them immediately instead. The problem is also helped much by the fault barrier mechanism.

  1. Vigilance with dependencies

Many projects widely depend on some third-party libraries which has a risk of introducing these libraries’ vulnerabilities into your code. I know there’s few chance of writing everything yourself since it saves time considerably, but I insist developers use only actively maintained libraries (especially open source) and get all associated concerns resolved via forums and paid support.