Web API security recommendations
With an increasing demand to build modern web and mobile apps, web APIs have become essential to empower these applications, with an easy way to communicate with the data access layer. This should be accompanied by proper security measures to protect web APIs. In addition to the security recommendations we discussed in the previous section, here are some essential tips to secure your web API:
- Consider using the latest Transport Layer Security (TLS) version to encrypt communication between the app and the server.
- Authenticate users who are trying to consume the RESTful API.
- Act like a stalker by enabling audit logs, tracing, and logging to monitoring all events.
- Consider protecting your API by applying throttling and quotas, such as limiting the number of messages per a specific time. This is important to control the bandwidth of the server according to the available capacity.