This Knowledge Base article provides detailed information on Appdome’s no-code mobile app obfuscation, including detailed step-by-step instructions on how to implement TOTALCode Obfuscation in any iOS or Android app in seconds – no coding required.
In recent years, decompilers have reached a maturity level that allows recovering source code back from mobile apps with ease. Obfuscation has become a well established preventive measure developers use against static reverse engineering attempts.
What sets various obfuscation solutions apart is several things:
To understand what TOTALCode™ Obfuscation means, we must understand two things:
The goal of obfuscation is to make the app harder to reverse engineer, understand, model, and derive meaning from the app or its source code.
Code is any form of information that executes business logic.
So for example, the part of a navigation application that computes the faster route between two points is code. In this example, this is a part of the application that’s inherent to its function. You might say that this is what makes your application stand out among all other navigation applications. And as such, you might want to protect that code.
Another example would be a mobile banking application, where the code is in charge of assembling the correct requests to the bank’s servers to request a list of all transactions.
For different platforms, and in different circumstances, what we just defined as code will be contained in different forms in the application. Mobile app obfuscation helps you keep your code secure and private.
Obfuscation is the process of taking code, and transforming in a way that makes it difficult or infeasible for an attacker to understand, but still functions correctly.
Common techniques range from things as complex as changing the build tools to emit convoluted machine code to modifying names/labels in the code to make them unintelligible to the human eye.
However, not all forms of mobile app obfuscation are sufficient or even applicable to all types of code.
Alternatively, compile-time obfuscation is meaningless for an executable that already exists.
Applying Appdome’s binary code obfuscation will be more effective.
Appdome’s TOTALCode™ Obfuscation is intelligent and capable enough to match the correct form of obfuscation to the type of code that needs obfuscation.
Please follow these 3 easy steps to implement binary code obfuscation in any iOS or Android app
Congratulations! The app is now protected with native code obfuscation.
Other Obufscation features (optional):
Appdome’s no-code mobile app security platform offers mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals a convenient and reliable way to protect Android and iOS apps with binary code obfuscation. When an Appdome user clicks “Build My App,” Appdome leverages a microservice architecture filled with 1000s of security plugins, and an adaptive code generation engine that matches the correct required plugins to the development environment, frameworks, and methods in each app.
Here’s what you need to build secured apps with Appdome Binary Code Obfuscation for native iOS and Android apps
After successfully securing your app using Appdome, there are several available options to complete your project, depending on your app lifecycle or workflow. These include:
Or, see this quick reference Releasing Secured Android & iOS Apps built on Appdome.
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