Mobile apps have become an essential part of our lives and are only growing in importance and popularity, and this makes mobile apps an increasingly valuable target for hackers and malicious actors. Yet, a 2019 study found that 38% of iOS apps and 43% of Android apps have at least one high-risk security vulnerability and that 60% of mobile app security vulnerabilities were on the client-side.
At the same time, in a 2020 survey by Guardsquare 95% of developers said that they had room for improvement in their security protocols to protect their mobile apps from basic attacks. This might seem shocking at first but it is not due to a lack of effort; the same survey found that mobile app development teams spend an average of 41% of their app dev lifecycle on app security. The truth is making sure your app is secure and safe from malicious attacks is no easy task.
In this post, we will list some of the top mobile app protection tools and shielding tools that can help you protect your app from hackers with minimal effort.
Top mobile app protection and shielding tools
DexGuard and iXGuard
From Guardsquare, the creator of the popular open-source Android tool ProGuard, DexGuard (for Android) and iXGuard (for iOS) aims to help you easily secure your mobile applications and SDKs too. DexGuard and iXGuard offer powerful polymorphic code obfuscation to protect against static analysis as well as introduces run-time application self-protection (RASP) checks into your code to counter dynamic analysis. Both tools also provide access to ThreatCast, GuardSquare’s real-time threat monitoring tool to help you keep an eye on the threat landscape.
DexGuard and iXGuard are post-processing tools that you can add to your CI/CD pipeline for seamless integration into your workflow.
Platforms: iOS, Android, React Native, Unity, Cordova
Pricing: Contact GuardSquare for a quote.
Appsealing is a mobile app protection tool that offers code obfuscation, strong data encryption, and powerful RASP features. Appsealing’s RASP features include real-time source code protection, app Integrity protection, anti-debugging, network packet sniffing/spoofing tool detection & cheat tools detection. The tool also provides you with a real-time monitoring dashboard that allows you to view and analyze all hacking attempts against your app.
Appsealing is a post-processing tool that you can add to your CI/CD pipeline and they provide a CLI too to seamlessly integrate with your CI/CD tools.
Platforms: iOS, Android, and React Native
Pricing: Starting from $129, which includes 15,000 monthly active devices (MADs).
Appdome is a mobile app protection tool offering code obfuscation, data encryption, and RASP features. In addition, Appdome provides many other security features like trojan protection, click bot protection, root and jailbreak detection, and more. Interestingly, the tool also provides optional mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) features that you can add to control how your app works on company and BYOD devices.
Appdome is a post-processing tool that integrates with your CI/CD tools to fit into your pipeline.
Platforms: iOS, Android, React Native, Flutter, Xamarin, and Ionic
Pricing: Contact Appdome for a quote.
LIAPP offers advanced code obfuscation and a powerful set of RASP features that include memory protection, anti-tampering, root detection, virtual machine detection, and more. This mobile app protection tool also prevents hackers from bypassing security measures and gives you a report on detected threats and how they were handled.
LIAPP is a post-processing tool that integrates with your CI/CD tools to fit into your pipeline.
Platforms: iOS and Android, but iOS support is only available on enterprise packages.
Pricing: $139.99 per month for the onsite plan offering basic protections. The business plan costs $249.99 per month and offers more advanced features, while the enterprise plan unlocks all the tool’s capabilities.
Digital.ai Application Protection
Formerly Arxan Application Protection, Digital.ai Application Protection is part of the larger Digital.ai platform that covers the entire mobile app development lifecycle. It offers advanced code obfuscation and data encryption, in addition to a strong set of RASP features. You also get access to Digital.ai App Aware, their real-time threat detection and monitoring tool, to keep an eye on your app’s security.
Digital.ai is a post-processing tool that integrates with your CI/CD tools to fit into your pipeline.
Platforms: iOS, Android, React Native, Cordova, Ionic, and NativeScript
Pricing: Contact Digital.ai for a quote.
DexProtector is a mobile app protection tool that offers the usual set of obfuscation and RASP features as well as communication channel protection. What sets DexProtector apart however is its Crypto Module, specifically designed to protect apps that use cryptographic logic and securely store their data. The tool also provides real-time alerting and monitoring for all the threats your app will encounter so you can keep an eye on the threat landscape.
DexProtector is a post-processing tool that integrates with your CI/CD tools to fit into your pipeline.
Platforms: iOS, Android, React Native, Xamarin, Unity, Cordova, and Ionic
Pricing: Contact DexProtector for a quote.
Quixxi is a mobile app security solution that allows you to scan your app for vulnerabilities, protect it from attacks through code obfuscation and RASP features, and monitor your app security in real-time. The tool also offers the Quixxi Licensing SDK that can detect users who have illegally downloaded your app and convert them to paying users or blocking them from using the app.
Quixxi is a post-processing tool that integrates with your CI/CD tools to fit into your pipeline.
Platforms: iOS and Android
Pricing: The starter plan costs $9 per month but only covers the scanning feature, the pro plan costs $99 per month and unlocks all features for 2 apps and 50K users, and the business plan costs $299 per month covering all features for 4 apps and 50K users.