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Secure your API with these 16 Practices

APIs often provide development teams the support needed to deal with many microservices-specific problems. For instance, they can act as a mechanism that decouples the business logic from the user interface, replicate application functions for reuse, or even isolate functionality for simplified testing and deployment.

Secure your API with these 16 Practices

 1. Authentication ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ™€๏ธ - Verifies the identity of users accessing APIs.  

2. Authorization ๐Ÿšฆ - Determines permissions of authenticated users.  

3. Data Redaction ๐Ÿ–๏ธ - Obscures sensitive data for protection.  

4. Encryption ๐Ÿ”’ - Encodes data so only authorized parties can decode it.  

5. Error Handling โŒ - Manages responses when things go wrong, avoiding revealing sensitive info. 

6. Input Validation & Data Sanitization ๐Ÿงน - Checks input data and removes harmful parts.  

7. Intrusion Detection Systems ๐Ÿ‘€ - Monitor networks for suspicious activities.  

8. IP Whitelisting ๐Ÿ“ - Permits API access only from trusted IP addresses.  

9. Logging and Monitoring ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ - Keeps detailed logs and regularly monitors APIs. 

10. Rate Limiting โฑ๏ธ - Limits user requests to prevent overload. 

11. Secure Dependencies ๐Ÿ“ฆ - Ensures third-party code is free from vulnerabilities. 

12. Security Headers ๐Ÿ“‹ - Enhances site security against types of attacks like XSS. 

13. Token Expiry โณ - Regularly expiring and renewing tokens prevents unauthorized access. 

14. Use of Security Standards and Frameworks ๐Ÿ“˜ - Guides your API security strategy. 

15. Web Application Firewall ๐Ÿ”ฅ - Protects your site from HTTP-specific attacks. 

16. API Versioning ๐Ÿ”„ - Maintains different versions of your API for seamless updates.