How To Detect & Block Malicious Proxies in Android & iOS Apps

Last updated August 7, 2021 by Alan Bavosa

Learn How to Detect & Block Malicious Proxies in Android & iOS Apps

This Knowledge Base article provides step-by-step instructions on using Appdome to protect against malicious proxies for any Android and iOS apps – without any coding.

We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!

What is a Malicious Proxy and How is it Used?

Protecting mobile apps against malicious proxies is a critical cyber-defense strategy. Malicious proxies are often used in mobile MiTM attacks. Hackers target insecure networks and wifi connections and hijack the connection between a mobile app and the server that it’s trying to connect to.  They then redirect the session to malicious proxies so they can harvest data, steal credentials, deposit malware, etc.

Blocking Malicious Proxies Using Appdome

Appdome is a no-code mobile app security platform designed to add security features, like malicious proxy protection. This KB shows mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals how to use Appdome’s simple ‘click to build’ user interface to quickly and easily protect mobile data in transit Appdome’s MitM Attack Prevention solution is a part of the Appdome Mobile Security Suite. MitM Attack Prevention automatically includes a feature called “Malicious Proxy Prevention“. When an app is protected with Malicious Proxy Protection, all mobile sessions, connections, and certificates are inspected and validated, to ensure that the connection between the app and server can be trusted at all times. Appdome’s Malicious Proxy Protection works by detecting if a session is intercepted by an unauthorized or unknown party and redirected to a proxy.  This feature, alone or in combination with others, is a great way to detect and prevent Man-in-the-Middle attacks and other session hijacking techniques.

You can also combine multiple features or services in a single build, and integrate them all to your app in minutes. For example, you can combine Data at Rest (DAR) encryption, MitM attack prevention, and malicious proxy prevention (among countless other combinations) for a layered security defense.

3 Easy Steps to Detect & Block Malicious Proxies in Android & iOS Apps

Please follow these 3 easy steps to Detect & Block Malicious Proxies in Android & iOS Apps

  1. Upload an Android or iOS App to Appdome’s no code security platform (.apk, .aab, or .ipa)
  2. In the Build Tab, under Security, Click  Secure Communication, switch on Android/iOS MitM Prevention
  3. Click Build My App

For Android

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For iOS

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Malicious Proxy Protection is added to the app automatically when you implement Appdome MiTM Prevention feature.

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. When a 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.

Congratulations!  Your mobile app is now secured with Malicious Proxy prevention.

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Prerequisites for Malicious Proxy Prevention using Appdome

No Coding Dependency

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured apps with malicious proxy prevention. There is no SDK and no library to manually code or implement in the app. The Appdome technology adds the relevant standards, frameworks, and logic to the app automatically, with no manual development work at all.

How to Sign & Publish Secured Mobile Apps Built on Appdome

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.

How Do I Learn More?

To zoom out on this protecting against mobile MiTM attacks, visit No-Code Mobile MitM Attack Prevention Resources

Browse the following relevant KB articles on MitM attack prevention:

How to Use SSL Certificate Validation in iOS Apps to prevent MitM attacks

How to Use Secure Certificate Pinning, Prevent MiTM Attacks

Or request a demo at any time.

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