Encrypting Strings and Resources in Mobile Apps

The soft belly of any application is the thing that can be easily understood from the application without using specialized tools. The top two in the list are:

  1. Strings: Human-readable words, phrases, URLs, tokens, passwords etc…
  2. Resources: Images, audio, video, and anything that’s easy to double-click on a PC.

This Knowledge Base article summarizes the steps needed to encrypt all strings and resources of any mobile app by Appdome.

We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!

About Encrypt Strings and Resources

Using Appdome’s Strings and Resources Encryption you can easily encrypt all CFStrings in iOS apps and all java strings and the assets folder in Android. This feature greatly enhances the security of the app against malicious attempts to read the app’s content.

Furthermore, with Appdome’s XMLEncryptTM you can easily encrypt the sensitive strings stored in the localizable locations in Android. Nevertheless, we recommend moving Google API keys into a java const string within the code of the app.  Where it will be encrypted by Appdome’s Strings Encryption.

Appdome is a mobile integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that allows users to add a wide variety of features, SDKs, and APIs to Android and iOS apps. Using a simple ‘click to add’ user interface, Appdome allows anyone to easily integrate strings, resources, and in-App preferences encryption to any mobile app – instantly, no code or coding required.

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites. For example, there is no Appdome SDK, libraries, or plug-ins to implement. The Appdome technology adds strings and resources encryption alongside relevant standards, frameworks and more to the app automatically, with no manual development work at all.

Prerequisites for Using Encrypt Strings and Resources

In order to use Appdome’s no code implementation of Encrypt Strings & Resources on Appdome, you’ll need:

How to Add Strings and Resources Encryption to Any Mobile App on Appdome

Follow these step-by-step instructions to encrypt the strings and resources in any mobile app:

Upload a Mobile App to Your Account

Please follow these steps to add a mobile app to your Appdome account.
If you don’t have an Appdome account, click here to create an account.

From the Build tab, add Encrypt Strings and Resources to the App

  1. Click the Build tab.
  2. In the top menu, select Security.
  3. Expand TOTALDataTM Encryption.For Android app:
  4. Switch on Encrypt Strings to encrypt all the java application strings
  5. Switch on Encrypt Resources to encrypt all Android application assets.
    Encrypting Strings and Resources in mobile apps using appdome For iOS app: 
  6. Switch on Encrypt Strings and Resources
  7. Click Build My App.

After Adding Strings and Resources Encryption to a Mobile App 

After you have added strings and resources encryption 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 Appdome Built App (Required)

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

Deploy the App to a Mobile Device

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

That is it – Enjoy Appdome’s strings and resources encryption solution in your app!

How Do I Learn More?

Check out Appdome’s TOTALData Encryption or request a demo at any time.

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

Thank you!

Thanks for visiting Appdome! Our mission is to make mobile integration easy. We hope we’re living up to the mission with your project. If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up for free.

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