How to Block GameGuardian on Rooted Android Device
3 Easy Steps to Detect and Block Game Guardian on Rooted Android using App Permissions. Grant Root to Appdome Security. No Code, No SDK, continuous security
What is GameGuardian?
GameGuardian is a powerful game cheating/ hacking/ alteration tool (also known as a cheat engine) for Android that is used to modify, hack and cheat in mobile games primarily by editing the memory of a live mobile game. GameGuardian comes in the form of an Android app that can be used to cheat and modify a large library of mobile games. Using GameGuardian, hackers can do things like alter in-game money/coins, change the app/game’s internal clock to gain a relative advantage against other players, modify or bypass in-app purchases, bypass licensing checks, and much more. GameGuardian works best on rooted devices but will partially function inside a virtual space (with apps like Parallel Spaces). GameGuardian can also run scripts written by other developers to cheat in many games. GameGuardian also comes with sophisticated root hiding and root cloaking features which are designed to evade detection.
Keep reading to learn how to use Appdome to protect any Android app against GameGuardian and game cheating tools.
Besides the ability to run scripts, GameGuardian comes with a set of built-in features like:
- Game acceleration/ deceleration (speed hacking)
- Search and modify memory content (unknown value scanning)
- Resource/Stat manipulation (Altering in-game money/coins/gold)
- Disabling mobile ads
- Skipping Levels
- Bypass In-app purchases
- Dumping of the game memory
- Disable random functions and replace their output
This is not an exhaustive list, as there are many more GameGuardian cheating features. And all these functions can be automated by game cheaters.
GameGuardian works best on rooted devices but will partially function inside a virtual space (with apps like Parallel Spaces). GameGuardian can also run scripts written by other developers to cheat in many games. GameGuardian also comes with sophisticated root hiding and root cloaking features which are designed to evade detection. Appdome has many ways to specifically detect GameGuardian, some can be done on non-rooted devices, and some require root permissions. GameGuardian has a sophisticated root hiding mechanism, and on rooted devices, GameGuardian operates with a higher level of privilege than most detection mechanisms and as a result, it can evade detection on rooted devices. Enabling Root Prevention and Anti-virtualization can also help protect against GameGuardian.
How to Block Game Guardian on Rooted Android Devices
On rooted devices, Appdome can perform additional checks to detect and block GameGuardian, even when GameGuardian is using root privileges to hide itself. In those cases, Appdome will request root access for itself through an app permission request to the mobile user. This will prompt the user to approve the permission and grant root access to Appdome, which if granted enables Appdome to detect and block GameGuardian on a rooted device. If the user denies the permission request, a different Threat Event will be sent (UserDeniedRootRequest)
3 Easy Steps to Protect Android Apps Against Game Guardian on Rooted Android Devices
Please follow these 3 easy steps to add Block Game Guardian on Rooted Device to any Android app to prevent hackers and cheaters from cheating in mobile games.
- Upload an Android app (.apk)
- In the Build Tab, under Anti-Fraud, click Mobile Malware Prevention, toggle on Block Game Guardian and Block Game Guardian on Rooted Device (shown below)
- Click Build My App
Congratulations! The app can now defend itself against Game Guardian on Rooted Devices.
Appdome’s no-code mobile app security platform offers mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals a convenient and reliable way to prevent cheating in Android apps using Game Guardian on Rooted Devices. 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 Block Game Guardian on Rooted Devices
- Appdome account (If you don’t have an Appdome account, create a free Appdome account here)
- A license to the Block Game Guardian on Rooted Devices feature
- Mobile App
- Signing Credentials (e.g., signing certificates and provisioning profile)
No Coding Dependency
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:
- Signing Secure iOS and Android apps
- Customizing, Configuring & Branding Secure Mobile Apps
- Deploying/Publishing Secure mobile apps to Public or Private app stores
Or, see this quick reference Releasing Secured Android & iOS Apps built on Appdome.
How to Learn More
Check out the following related KB articles:
Read this KB on Threat Events if you want to change the default enforcement behavior whenever Appdome detects the app has been compromised by Game Guardian.
Check out the full menu of features in Appdome Mobile Fraud Prevention
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