In a world where technology is at the forefront, software developers will be in charge of creating the pillars of operating systems and performing quality tests to all those new projects that are approaching their launch, with the purpose of preventing hackers from taking control of the affected systems.
Knowing news trends, identifying problems and creating clean code are some of the tasks a software developer uses to design new systems, starting from initial planning, writing, running parameters, designing, encrypting and testing.
These functions represent a high degree of vulnerability that Adobe detected in almost all versions of Flash that were installed on systems such as Windows and Mac and Linux processors, which can allow hackers to take control of those affected. So in the development of this article, we will explain the importance of clarifying some tips that help software developers to protect their codes.
5 tips for junior developers
Security is a must in software development, considering that they often face serious risks such as code injection (SQL, XML, commands), XSS (or CSRF), File Inclusion and DoS, among others.
In Heinsohn, we design a different style of software, secure and customized to avoid security breaches that could mean great losses of information, time, resources and stability. Therefore, we present 5 tips or advice that you should keep in mind to reduce these problems and ensure the protection of your codes:
- Keeping the essentials
In many cases, copies only take up large spaces on the hard drive while leaving traces that can be followed by hackers to steal your information. So we recommend saving only the data that is indispensable.
- Caution with incoming code
You should never trust anyone on the Internet, to avoid opening the door to a hacker. It is important to take into account the structure and size of the incoming data, even though languages such as XML and JSON do not guarantee that it is secure, so it will always depend on the software developer to ensure the security of the code and taking into account that attacks are generated when sending data packets and write on the programming and memory.
- Encrypts information
Although this function is a bit complicated for developers, it is necessary to encrypt the information before entering it into the database, in order to prevent theft by hackers.
- Provides code delay times
It is necessary to progressively add a delay of seconds to passwords to confuse programming bots and prevent hackers from cracking our code. Some programs even double the processing time with each failed password entry attempt, to decrease the chance that after millions of attempts, they will finally find out what it is and steal our information.
- Don’t trust passwords
Even passwords that have an appropriate number of characters, punctuation marks or the combination of lowercase and uppercase letters do not represent a higher security for the information, so you should not rely too much on them and provide help to hackers.
The quality of custom software will be helpful in ensuring information security, as it is more complex and designed with a greater need for external components.
Recommendations for new UX and UI developers
The UX and UI design is increasingly used by developers who want to face the creation of an application. So, if you are in this situation we present you some recommendations that will give you tools to have a good base to start:
1. Good use of spacing
Spacing makes an application or website more pleasant, offers better navigation, a more meaningful and easy to understand content arrangement, taking into account that they work by creating free sections of content with which the user interacts in a way that in his head creates visual separations of which we as designers have control.
- Creating the visual hierarchy of an application
The hierarchy is built with everything: spacing between sections and headlines, background colors with respect to typography colors, font sizes and weights, among others.
Colors are one of the most significant resources in an application or website, so it’s important to learn how to use colors and how they interact with each other, because they can help us to hierarchize content, highlight information, provide volume or support sections. For this, there is Adobe Color, a tool that allows us to enter a main color (which is almost always linked to the client’s company) and choose between different combinations of it.
On the other hand, there are two types of typefaces: Serif (small borders and ornaments) and Sans Serif (tend to look more classic, old or formal), which can give a more modern and closer look to the user because they have the ability to convey something deep and sophisticated.
- Good use of icons
Having a good hierarchy of icons will give us a better visual cohesion and will provide us with elements to support the important information, so it is important to ensure that the size is not too large so that they do not overshadow each other’s data, as well as using outlined icons instead of solid ones, which do not generate so much visual load.
We hope these tips for software developers will be effective and help you to create useful applications in the market!