John R.webp

Security First Android Apps

Tarika Chawla

Senior Mobile Application Security Engineer

Shopify

Every other person on this earth is holding onto an easily accessible and vulnerable device that can be hacked: a mobile phone. Building android apps while keeping a security perspective in mind is important for our users. We will talk about different functionalities in our mobile apps which can use some security first perspective such as storing the data on the device based on the information the data contains. In fact storing the data is the most basic functionality we use in our mobile apps. When was the last time you implemented a security barrier or thought for a second before adding another “allow permission” to your Android manifest file?

Tarika Chawla is a Senior Mobile Application Security Engineer at Shopify. She has five years of extensive experience in native mobile development and release management. She has given talks on multiple Android and iOS development. She co-organized an iOS meetup group “Philly Cocoaheads” for two years. Currently, she is leading some of the security initiatives in Mobile Security, React native at Shopify. Her work includes pairing up with different mobile teams at Shopify and implementing security features in the apps, providing security perspective for new features and initiatives. Her position helps to make sure the apps are secure for their merchants to use.