The features of OutSystems AppShield
OutSystems AppShield features support your software development lifecycle (SDLC) to continuously monitor the latest security attack methodologies. The following are the main features of OutSystems AppShield, currently available for Android and iOS operating systems.
#1. Root detection
When hackers unlock or hack your devices to access controls it is referred to as rooting. Hackers often root devices to access sensitive information and other secrets stored in your mobile phones. Root detection informs you know if this is the case. Root Detection in AppShield keeps apps safe and gives freedom to choose how and when your device responds to a rooting scenario. The protection available for iOS applications includes jailbreak detection, just like root detection.
#2. Repackaging detection
Repackaging is when attackers obtain a copy of your app’s source code, add malicious functions, and redistribute it to users. Repackaging detection through OutSystems AppShield allows you to protect your app against such issues.
#3. Code obfuscation
Code obfuscation is the process of modification of executable code so that it is not available for comprehension or hacking. With OutSystems AppShield, you can implement obfuscation to make your source code intricate, preventing hackers from accessing it. This technique acts as a defense mechanism against hacking attempts and guards applications.
#4. Code Injection protection
Code injection is a technique that allows a hacker to add his arbitrary code to be executed by the application. Attackers can take advantage of user inputs to take complete control of your app and execute commands as they wish. Code injection by OutSystems AppShield helps you block these attacks and stop hackers from making your app perform functions you never intended.
#5. Debugger protection
To hack an app, debugging is the most common technique, which lets hackers get to the build of your app. Debugger protection prevents hackers from using this troubleshooting software against mobile apps.
#6. Keylogger protection
A keylogger is a software that lets you track and record what users are typing on their keyboard. Cybercriminals can use them to capture sensitive data like passwords and account numbers to commit fraud. Keylogger protection from OutSystems AppShield prevents them from stealing data from under your fingertips.
#7. Screenshot protection
With OutSystems AppShield screenshot protection, you can protect your app from malware that sends screenshots of personal information or your digital wallets to hackers.
#8. Emulator detection
Emulator detection is the ability to tell when your application is running on another device rather than an actual device used by hackers for entering into your apps. Emulator detection from OutSystems AppShield can let you know if your emulator is putting your app at risk.
What risks does OutSystems AppShield address and why employ it?
The Open Web Application Security Project, or OWASP, is an international non-profit organization for web application security. OWASP’s top 10 security risks are put together by a team of security experts worldwide. OutSystems AppShield addresses a few of them; let’s have a look :
#1. Broken authentication and access controls
Unguarded authentication systems can give hackers access to user accounts and even the ability to compromise an entire system. If an app doesn’t set these standards, it’s a security risk, according to OWASP. Therefore, if an app is run on a rooted or jailbroken device or through an emulator, AppShield provides an extra layer of security.
#2. Injections and cross-site scripting
When untrusted and unauthenticated data interrupts your code or an attacker adds custom code to your URL path, it can result in all sorts of issues with your mobile applications. The most common are SQL and XML injections. OutSystems generates your code so you can ensure the code is up to standard. AppShield includes code injection protection, repackaging detection, verification of the application signature, and blocks debugger and emulator access.
#3. Sensitive data exposure
Web applications must protect sensitive information like financial transactions, passwords, and account information. This can be minimized by encrypting all sensitive information and disabling data storage. AppShield blocks the copying of local data, includes proper data encryption, and repackaging protection, and ensures security mechanisms can’t be removed from your app.
#4. Code tampering and mobile security
Attackers will exploit code modification via malicious code of the third-party app or phishing attacks. Through OutSystems AppShield, you can prevent code tampering as it stops attackers with root, jailbreak and repackaging detection. Also, it blocks hackers from accessing debuggers and emulators to find entry points.
Is OutSystems AppShield right for my organization?
If your web application needs to store sensitive user data like financial numbers, personal information, and passwords, then OuTsystems AppShield becomes a must-have implementation. OutSystems AppShield provides an extra layer of security, prevents data leakage from compromised devices, and maintains the app’s integrity and security.
Moreover, if your enterprise or mobile application deals with the following data, then OutSystems AppShield will strengthen the security and protection prospects of your application with extensive security layers and safeguard user information.
- B2B or B2E mobile applications with sensitive data
- Subject to security or privacy regulations
- Industries like banking or financial services, healthcare, or insurance
Build secure applications with OutSystems AppShield and Ranosys
To succeed in the digital world, building safe applications is an essential to protect enterprise data and discourage hackers. OutSystems AppShield addresses all the security concerns of modern applications to safeguard sensitive data subject to privacy regulations. Repackaging, code injection, and other best practices of OutSystems AppShield keep your application secure and safe. At Ranosys, we have assisted several enterprises to shield their apps. Connect with our certified low-code experts to gain a deeper understanding of OutSystems AppShield and its business value for your enterprises.