API Security Tips

Introduction

In this blog, let's see the Different ways to Secure APIs.

  • Strong Authentication: Use OAuth 2.0 or JWT for authorized access.
  • Access Control: Define granular permissions for endpoints.
  • HTTPS Encryption: Transmit data securely with HTTPS.
  • Sanitize Input: Sanitize incoming data.
  • Rate Limiting: API abuse with rate limiting
  • Data Encryption: Encrypt sensitive data in transit and at rest.
  • Throttle Login Attempts: Prevent brute-force attacks.
  • Security Headers: Use CSP and X-XSS Protection.
  • Token Expiration: Set short-lived access tokens.
  • Safe API Documentation: Avoid revealing sensitive information.
  • Disable Default Errors to Prevent revealing sensitive information.
  • Use CSRF tokens: Prevent unauthorized requests.
  • Secure Error Messages: Avoid revealing sensitive information.
  • Logging and Auditing: Maintain comprehensive logs.
  • API Versioning: Gracefully handle changes and backward compatibility.
  • CORS Configuration: Restrict cross-origin requests.
  • Secure Data Validation: Validate input and output data.
  • Security Testing: Regularly assess for vulnerabilities.
  • Secure Session Management: Invalidate sessions securely.
  • Regular Updates: Keep API patches up-to-date.

Summary

In this blog, I have tried to cover some of the important points of the Secure API, which is mostly used in our development.

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