Real-time communication is a holy grail of web development, and we finally have the ability to incorporate it in our applications, thanks to the Web Sockets API. But as with most browser APIs, the Web Sockets API is rather low level, and if you have spent any amount of time with it, then you know how difficult it can be to use effectively.

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In the previous post on Android user data security, we looked at encrypting data via a user-supplied passcode. This tutorial will shift the focus to credential and key storage. I’ll begin by introducing account credentials and end with an example of protecting data using the KeyStore.

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In the previous tutorial of this series, we added the ability to add, update, and remove shopping lists. A shopping list without any items in it isn’t very useful, though. In this tutorial, we’ll add the ability to add, update, and remove items from a shopping list. This means that we’ll be working with references and the CKReference class.

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Mobile coders have been taking advantage of Google’s Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) platform Firebase Realtime Database for many years, helping them focus on building features for their apps without having to worry about the back-end infrastructure and database. By making it easy to store and persist data in the cloud and take care of authentication and security, Firebase allows coders to focus on the client side.

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