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

Last updated August 28, 2021 by Paul Levasseur


Learn the 3 Easy Steps to Validate TLS/SSL Certificates in Android Apps. Protect data-in-transit by preventing MitM attacks and session hijacking.

How to Prevent MitM Attacks using SSL Certificate Validation in Android apps

This Knowledge Base article provides step by step instructions to use Appdome’s no-code mobile security platform to prevent MitM attacks on Android and iOS apps, all without any coding.

Preventing MitM attacks and malicious proxies is a critical cyber-defense strategy. According to OWASP, Mobile MitM attacks target the connection between a mobile app and the server it connects to. Hackers use several methods to achieve MitM attacks, including attaching proxies to insecure network or wifi connections, exploiting stale session IDs, phishing, modifying DNS, and more. You can use Appdome’s No-code security platform to build SSL Certificate Validation into any Android and iOS app without coding.

Appdome MitM Prevention is part of the Appdome Mobile Security Suite. It ensures that all mobile sessions, connections, and certificates are valid and trusted at all times. Appdome’s malicious proxy protection and Man-in-the-Middle attack protection works by detecting if a session is intercepted by an unauthorized or unknown party and redirected to a malicious server or 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 Fusion Set and build them all to your app in minutes. For example, you can combine Data at Rest (DAR) encryption, MitM attack prevention, malicious proxy prevention, and secure certificate pinning (among countless other combinations) for a layered security approach.

Appdome is a no-code mobile app security platform designed to add security features, like Certificate Validation and MitM Attack Prevention to Android and iOS apps. This KB shows mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals how to use Appdome’s simple ‘click to build’ user interface to quickly and easily Prevent MitM attacks and session hijacking and Protect data-in-transit. 

3 Easy Steps to Protect Android apps with SSL Certificate Validation

Add a mobile app to your Appdome account. If you don’t have an Appdome account, click here to create an account.

Please follow these 3 easy steps step-by-step instructions to add Appdome MitM Prevention to any mobile app in seconds.

  1. Under the Build tab, Select Security then  Secure Communication 
  2. Switch on MitM Prevention Android 
  3. Click Build My App

Appdome SSL Certificate Validation prevention is enabled automatically by default when you implement Appdome MitM Prevention.

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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 SSL Certificate Validation. 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 Certificate Validation plugins to the development environment, frameworks, and methods in each app.

Congratulations! Your app is now secured with SSL Certificate Validation.

How to Sign & Publish Secure 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.

Prerequisites for SSL Certificate Validation

Here’s what you need to protect apps against MitM attacks with SSL Certificate Validation.

No Coding Dependency

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to protect Android and iOS apps with SSL Certificate Validation.  There is no SDK and no library to manually code or implement in the app. The Appdome technology adds SSL Certificate Validation and the relevant standards, frameworks, stores, and logic to the app automatically, with no manual development work at all.

How Do I Learn More?

Check out the following KB articles which are related to MitM Attack Prevention:

How to Use Secure Certificate Pinning, Prevent MiTM Attacks

How to Use Client Certificates to Validate Mobile Apps, protect against bots

Or request a demo at any time.

If you have any questions, please send them our way at or via the chat window on the Appdome platform.

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