Optimize Load Time for Android Dex Obfuscation
Learn to Prevent long loading times in Mobile apps, in mobile CI/CD with a Data-Driven DevSecOps™ build system.
How does app obfuscation affect loading times?
Obfuscation involves removing information that is not required for the program, but is useful to the programmer. As a result, applying obfuscation usually makes the code smaller, thereby shortening the app’s loading time. However, when security-heavy obfuscation is applied, which adds more code to the program in order to make reverse analysis more difficult, the application will take more time to load.
How does the Favor Loading Time option work?
When enabled (toggled On), the Favor Loading Time option automatically detects and optimizes obfuscation of publicly available components. In so doing, the application loading time is accelerated while the obfuscation remains intact.
Preventing long loading times on Mobile apps by Using Appdome
On Appdome, follow these 3 simple steps to create self-defending Mobile Apps that Prevent long loading times without an SDK or gateway:
Upload the Mobile App to Appdome.
Upload an app to Appdome’s Mobile App Security Build System
Upload Method: Appdome Console or DEV-API
Mobile App Formats: .ipa For iOS device or .apk or .aab
Build the feature: Favor Loading Time.
Congratulations! The Favor Loading Time protection is now added to the mobile app
Building Favor Loading Time by using Appdome’s DEV-API:
Create and name the Fusion Set (security template) that will contain the Favor Loading Time feature as shown below:
Follow the steps in Sections 2.2.1-2.2.2 of this article, Building the Favor Loading Time feature via Appdome Console, to add the Favor Loading Time feature to this Fusion Set.
Open the Fusion Set Detail Summary by clicking the “...” symbol on the far-right corner of the Fusion Set, as shown in Figure 1 above, and get the Fusion Set ID from the Fusion Set Detail Summary (as shown below):
Figure 2: Fusion Set Detail Summary
Note: Annotating the Fusion Set to identify the protection(s) selected is optional only (not mandatory).
Follow the instructions below to use the Fusion Set ID inside any standard mobile DevOps or CI/CD toolkit like Bitrise, App Center, Jenkins, Travis, Team City, Cirlce CI or other system:
Build an API for the app – for instructions, see the tasks under Appdome API Reference Guide
Look for sample APIs in Appdome’s GitHub Repository
Figure 1: Fusion Set that will contain the Favor Loading Time feature
Note: Naming the Fusion Set to correspond to the protection(s) selected is for illustration purposes only (not required).
Building the Favor Loading Time feature via Appdome Console
To build the Favor Loading Time protection by using Appdome Console, follow the instructions below.
Where: Inside the Appdome Console, go to Build > Security Tab > TOTALCode™ Obfuscation section
How: Toggle (turn ON) Favor Loading Time, as shown below.
Figure 3: Prevent long loading times option
When you select the Favor Loading Time you'll notice that your Fusion Set you created in step 2.1.1 now bears the icon of the protection category that contains Favor Loading Time
Figure 4: Fusion Set that displays the newly added Favor Loading Time protection
Click Build My App at the bottom of the Build Workflow (shown in Figure 3).
Certify the Favor Loading Time feature in Mobile Apps.
After building Favor Loading Time, Appdome generates a Certified Secure™ certificate to guarantee that the Favor Loading Time protection has been added and is protecting the app. To verify that the Favor Loading Time protection has been added to the mobile app, locate the protection in the Certified Secure™ certificate as shown below:
Figure 5: Certified Secure™ certificate
Each Certified Secure™ certificate provides DevOps and DevSecOps organizations the entire workflow summary, audit trail of each build, and proof of protection that Favor Loading Time has been added to each Mobile app. Certified Secure provides instant and in-line DevSecOps compliance certification that Favor Loading Time and other mobile app security features are in each build of the mobile app
Prerequisites to Using Favor Loading Time:
To use Appdome’s mobile app security build system to Prevent long loading times , you’ll need:
- Appdome account (create a free Appdome account here)
- A license for Favor Loading Time
- Mobile App (.ipa For iOS device or .apk or .aab For Mobile)
- Signing Credentials (see Signing Secure Android apps and Signing Secure iOS apps)
Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured Mobile Apps by using Favor Loading Time. There is no SDK and no library to code or implement in the app and no gateway to deploy in your network. All protections are built into each app and the resulting app is self-defending and self-protecting.
Releasing and Publishing Mobile Apps with Favor Loading Time
After successfully securing your app by using Appdome, there are several available options to complete your project, depending on your app lifecycle or workflow. These include:
- Customizing, Configuring & Branding Secure Mobile Apps
- Deploying/Publishing Secure mobile apps to Public or Private app stores
- Releasing Secured Android & iOS Apps built on Appdome.
All apps protected by Appdome are fully compatible with any public app store, including Apple App Store, Google Play, Huawei App Gallery and more.
Features Similar to Favor Loading Time
Here are a few related resources:
Obfuscate Mobile Business Logic, Anti-Reversing in Android & iOS Apps
Optimize File Size via the Favor Apps Size Option
Dex Control Flow Relocation, Anti-Reversing for Android Apps
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