Firebase secures its real-time back-end service

A must read …for the network gurus


Firebase, the San Francisco startup behind a popular backend for real-time apps, is adding an API which should make those apps more secure. Firebase’s service is s a real-time analog to mobile backends-as-a-service from Parse, Stackmob, Kii and Kinvey. It’s gained traction among developers who want to build apps quickly with immediate feedback — they write code in one window and it renders in another. Developers says this provides an elegant way to build apps without having to mess with servers. But that model poses some security concerns, which Firebase says its new API will address.

firebasescreenAs Firebase Co-Founder James Tamplin described it, the company built a JavaScript-like rules system that assigns every piece of data in Firebase with one or more rules. “Eg. ‘Only let a user use the app if they’re logged in or ‘only allow 5-digit numbers entered in a field,'” Tamplin…

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