How to Detect Privilege Escalation, Permission Change to Access Local Contacts in Mobile Apps

Last updated August 28, 2023 by Appdome

Prohibit Local Contacts is used to prevent users from importing local contacts to the app. This Knowledge Base article describes how to block app permissions to local contacts and explains how to add it to a mobile app with a few button clicks.

We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!

How to Block App Permissions to Local Contacts in Mobile Apps

Appdome is a no-code mobile app security platform designed to add security features in mobile apps.

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 without coding. 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.

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

Block app permissions to local contacts is part of Mobile Permission Control which can be found in the Appdome Mobility Suite  under the Management tab.

When Prohibit Local Contacts is enabled, the fused app prevents importing local contacts to the app. For more information on these types of controls, check out this blog.

Prerequisites to Prohibit Local Contacts on Appdome

3 Easy Steps to Block App Permissions to Local Contacts in Mobile Apps

Follow these step-by-step instructions to add Prohibit Local Contacts to Any Mobile App.

  1. Upload a Mobile App to Your Account.
    Follow these steps to add a mobile apps to your Appdome account.
    If you do not yet have an Appdome account, click here to create an account.
  2. From the Build tab, Add Prohibit Local Contacts.
    1. Go to Build > Management.
    2. Use the Service Selection section to enable EMM Services.
    3. Select any EMM service from the list.
      Emm Services Ddl
    4. Go to the Mobile Permission Control section and enable (toggle On) Prohibit Local Contacts.

  3. Click Build My App

The technology behind Build My App has two major elements – (1) a microservice architecture filled with 1000s of code sets needed for mobile integrations, and (2) an adaptive code generation engine that can recognize the development environment, frameworks and methods in each app and match the app to the relevant code-sets needed to add Prohibit Local Contacts to the mobile app in seconds.

Congratulations! You now have a mobile app fully integrated with Prohibit Local Contacts.

Protect your privacy by preventing access to local contacts with Appdome

When “Prohibit Local Contacts” is enabled, the app cannot access local contacts on the mobile device. For more information on these types of controls, check out this KB article.

To zoom out on this topic, visit  Appdome for Mobile App Security on our website.

After Adding Prohibit Local Contacts to a Mobile App on Appdome

After you have added Prohibit Local Contacts to any Mobile App on Appdome, there are a few additional steps needed to complete your mobile integration project.

Add Context™ to the Appdome-Built App

Appdome is a full-featured mobile integration platform. Within Context™, Appdome users can brand the app, including adding a favicon to denote the new service added to the app.
For more information on the range of options available in Context™, please read this knowledge base article.

Sign the Prohibit Local Contacts enabled Appdome-Built App (Required)

In order to deploy an Appdome-Fused app, it must be signed. Signing iOS app and Signing an Android app are easy using Appdome. Alternatively, you can use Private Signing, download your unsigned app and sign locally using your own signing methods.

Deploy the Appdome-Built App to a Mobile Device

Once you have signed your Appdome-Built app, you can download to deploy it using your distribution method of choice. For more information on deploying your Appdome-Built apps, please read this knowledge base.

That is it – Enjoy Appdome with Prohibit Local Contacts in your app!

How Do I Learn More?

Check out Appdome for Mobile App Security page or request a demo at any time.

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