Storage, User Accounts, and Privacy
GrowIt! began as an iOS application distributed through Apple’s App Store utilizing Parse.com for storage and persistence mechanism. We used the API and iOS framework provided by Parse.com as a means of data delivery to the Parse data stores. Adhering to the Parse terms, the GrowIt! work was protected by the privacy policies set forth by Parse.com. GrowIt! allowed for user accounts and Facebook authentication. We are able to leverage the security built in to both the Parse.com authentication process as well as both the Parse.com and native iOS Facebook integration points.
As we migrated our client off of Parse to a custom Ruby on Rails solution, our backend team developed a suite of APIs and a database schema to ensure the data was protected. Working with our hosting provider, taking this client to the next level of their product required one-way encrypted passwords as well as SSL certification to ensure API payload is secure for some common attacks. As the client needs grow, we will explore more robust privacy solutions. As products grow, the need for thoughtful security and privacy plans becomes more and more important.