How to Block GameGuardian, Prevent Android Game Cheating
Learn 3 easy steps to Block GameGuardian and prevent mobile game cheating.
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. 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 and hacking tools.
How to Block GameGuardian to Prevent Mobile Game Cheating
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.
And all these functions can be automated by hackers.
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.
If Threat Events are enabled, when Appdome detects GameGuardian, a threat event will be sent (GameGuardianDetected).
On rooted devices, Appdome can perform additional checks to detect and block GameGuardian, even when GameGuardian is using root privileges to hide itself. Visit the KB on Block GameGuardian on Rooted Device to learn more.
3 Easy Steps to Protect Android Apps Against GameGuardian
Please follow these 3 easy steps to Block GameGuardian from hacking and cheating Android apps and games.
- Upload an Android app (.apk)
- In the Build Tab, under Anti-Fraud, click Mobile Malware Prevention Select Block GameGuardian (shown below)
- Click Build My App
Congratulations! The app can now defend itself against GameGuardian.
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 Block GameGuardian. 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 Block GameGuardian
- Appdome account (If you don’t have an Appdome account, create a free Appdome account here)
- A license to Block GameGuardian
- 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 GameGuardian.
Check out the full menu of features in the Appdome Mobile Security Suite
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