How to Prevent MiTM Attacks on Mobile Apps

Protecting against MiTM attacks and malicious proxies is a critical cyber-defense strategy. 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, and more.

This Knowledge Base article provides step by step instructions to use the Trusted Session Inspection feature in Appdome’s Mobile Security Suite to provide instant protection against mobile MiTM attacks and malicious proxies for all your Android and iOS apps with Appdome, without writing a line of code.

We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!

Blocking Mobile MiTM Attacks and Malicious Proxies Using Appdome

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites. Users simply upload an Android or iOS app, select  Trusted Session Inspection, and click “Build My App”. There is no requirement to use a VPN, proxy, or software-specific detection mechanisms inside the app. The Appdome technology adds MiTM attack detection and malicious proxy prevention and relevant standards, frameworks to the app automatically, with no manual development work at all.

Trusted Session Inspection 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 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 integrate them all to your app in minutes. For example, you can combine Data at Rest (DAR) encryption, MITM attack detection, and malicious proxy prevention (among countless other combinations) for a layered security approach.

Appdome is a no-code mobile integration platform as a service (iPaaS), supporting a wide variety of implementations for Android and iOS apps easily. Using a simple ‘click to add’ user interface, Appdome allows anyone to implement mobile MiTM attack detection and malicious proxy prevention to any mobile app – in seconds, no code or coding required.

Prerequisites for using Trusted Session

In order to use Appdome’s no code implementation of Trusted Session, you’ll need:

How to Block MiTM Attacks and Malicious Proxies using Appdome

Follow these step-by-step instructions to add Trusted Session Inspection to any mobile app in seconds.

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, Select Trusted Session

Select the Build Tab. Note: a blue underline will appear showing the step is active.

Under the Build tab, Select the Security category. Note:a blue highlight will appear showing the category is active.

From within the Security category:

  1. Click  Secure Communication to expand it
  2. Enable or toggle “ON” Trusted Session
  3. Click Build My App

Appdomes makes blocking MiTM attacks and Malicious Proxies easy

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 Trusted Session functionality to the mobile app in seconds.

Congratulations! When Appdome’s technology completes your mobile integration project (usually in about 30 seconds), you’ll see the below notification. Your mobile app is now Built (ie: fully integrated).

What to do After I Build My App?

After you successfully Build an app, you need to sign the app in order to deploy it. You can also brand or customize an Appdome-built app. Read this Knowledge Base article to learn what to do after you successfully build an app. It explains both optional steps and required steps. 

How Do I Learn More?

To zoom out on this protecting against mobile MiTM attacks, visit Appdome for  Mobile App Security on our website.

To learn more about how other developers use Appdome to protect mobile data in transit, visit this article.

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.

Thank you!

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