Cybersecurity Tips: UX/UI design techniques for secure digital products

Oct 22 2020
3 min
Marketing Specialist

The names of the biggest cyberattacks in history are still echoing today: Red October, WannaCry ransomware attack, NotPetya cyberattack. These cybercrimes have shown that no government, company, or individual is fully prepared to stand up to cyber threats unless fully aware of its existence and destruction capabilities. 

Who knew that WannaCry malware would cause chaos in the British National Health Services and cause a financial collapse of $4 billion worldwide?

Cybercriminals hunt vulnerabilities in software: unpatched VPNs, SQL injections, cross-site scripting, server misconfigurations, sensitive data shown in plain text. 

Cybersecurity Solutions 

Cybersecurity platforms come in many shapes and colors, and with a variety of purposes.

  • Penetration testing tools; 

  • Password auditing; 

  • Network defense solutions; 

  • Scanning tools for vulnerabilities; 

  • Encryption tools; 

  • Monitoring tools for network security; 

  • Network intrusion detection tools.

All these cybersecurity inventions have been created to prevent the effects of a cyberattack: business loss and data breaches. Over time, cyber tools have evolved due to modernization and tech innovations (both software and hardware). It went from static environments to dynamic components, that also include the imprint of users’ behaviors.


UX/UI techniques for designing secure products

A professional design for cybersecurity platforms not only helps to keep the cyber health of software on point but also provides a secure and seamless experience for the end-user. 

Since cybersecurity is an adaptive system that is still understudied, it’s important cyber tools are designed and developed based on an equilibrium of great user experience and a solid security system. 


UI/UX Practices when designing solutions with security in mind:  

  • Opt-in for seamless integration of security components into the overall experience; 

  • Collect only the necessary data for different types of users; 

  • Simple navigation. Cutting off any extra interactions for users to use the product;

  • Inform users about the meaning of any tracking feature and the purpose of using it;

  • Design a secure password recovery flow with clear titles, CTA’s and real-time confirmations and a tip of what comes next;

  • Add 2-factor authentication, and for extra security include the TouchID, FaceID, or voice detection;

  • The UI should be crystal clear and explaining each step and what information is required from the user. Explicitness is key. 

  • Improve product usability by including a progress bar with the steps for payments. It also adds predictability to the entire process;

  • Add a screen informing the user if he is going to leave your website and add ‘continue’ and ‘back’ buttons to give her/him the choice to enter an unknown site or not.

In the era where data becomes a target for cybercriminals, the main issue is bringing awareness to the public, global leaders, businesses, and governments alike, that cybersecurity affects us all and can be as catastrophic as a military war. 

The mission of software developers and designers across the world is to inform, prevent, and solve malware attacks to assure data security and integrity of the users. A good shield is the cybersecurity solutions that are developed by professional software app developers such as the Wolfpack Digital team.

Join our mission of bringing safety into the tech realm and let’s build together powerful and secure apps

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