How to Connect to Trusted Mobile Hosts with URL Whitelisting

URL Whitelisting ensures that a mobile app connects only to the server URLs which you intended it to connect. Attacks like XcodeGhost can insert malware and adware into the app, and the app can send user data to undesired locations.

Learn How to Connect to Trusted Mobile Hosts with URL Whitelisting.

This Knowledge Base article provides a survey of Appdome’s URL Whitelisting functionality, including instructions on how to integrate URL Whitelisting into any mobile app in minutes.

We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!

What is URL Whitelisting? 

URL Whitelisting in mobile apps includes a list of approved, trusted websites that the app is permitted to communicate with. All other URLs are blocked. URL Whitelisting provides a method to identify sites that an app can access.  The goal of whitelisting is to provide a safe space for users accessing services via an app.

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 URL Whitelisting 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. Likewise, when you add new security features using Appdome, you don’t need to modify source code, in fact, you don’t even need access to source code at all. When you click “Build My App”, the Appdome platform automatically adds URL Whitelisting and relevant standards, frameworks and more to the app, with no manual development work at all.

How to Add a URL Whitelist to Any Mobile App on Appdome 

Follow these step-by-step instructions to add URL Whitelisting to Any iOS or Android 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.

  1. Go to the Build tab.
  2. Select Security in the top toolbar.
  3. Expand Secure Communication.
  4. Click on the toggle to enable URL Whitelisting.
  5. Click “+ Add” and add the hostname you want to whitelist
  6. You can edit the App Compromise Notification (Optional)
  7. You can use Threat Events to handle compromises internally in the app.
  8. 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 MicroVPN to the mobile app in seconds.

Congratulations! You now have a mobile app fully integrated with URL Whitelisting.

Build My App Success (Mattermost)

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 app on Appdome. Read this Knowledge Base article to learn what to do after you successfully build an app. It explains both optional steps and required steps.

That is it – Enjoy Appdome with URL Whitelisting in your app!

How Do I Learn More?

For more information on URL whitelisting and some of the attacks, it can thwart such as Phishing, check our blog. 

Or request a demo at any time.

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

Thank you!

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