Sneaker Bots or automated purchasing Bots have been causing troubles in the mobile business. As their namesake indicates, these bots were originally developed to automate the purchase of sneakers, enabling collectors and hoarders to buy mass quantities of the latest releases and squeeze out ordinary customers. As a result, it became almost impossible for individuals to beat the bots and purchase a pair for themselves online. But now they are in use for more purposes. It is harmful to the target company's brand and makes it harder for customers to purchase products and services from it.
These bots are really easy to obtain. You can download it from both the Apple App Store and Google Play, along with several other websites. For example, Instacart bots are third-party software that operates alongside the official Instacart app and asserts the best orders automatically after posting it on the platform, rendering it is nearly impossible for human shoppers to obtain the most profitable orders.
Common In-App Protective Operation
E-tailers can take a range of steps to protect their smartphone apps from sneaker bot applications. For instance, they should secure their applications so that automatic transaction developers, or auto-click bots, can't access the malicious software on the same system as the nice one. They will also keep the successful app from being re-engineered, a mechanism that helps the bot creator to learn how or when to insert the bot.
Common security mechanisms such as app shielding, app hardening, emulator and simulator prevention, debugging prevention, overlay prevention, obfuscation, and targeted encryption can avoid the creation or usefulness of sneaker bots that target a particular app. Similarly, stopping an application from running on rooted phones may even slow down or deter sneaker bots from carrying out their pre-designed ends.
The aim of introducing general security defense inside a successful mobile app is to block common paths for sneaker bot apps and auto-click apps to operate. General approaches, like obfuscation and application shielding, a series of processes used to block tampering, run programs on behalf of the application, make it incredibly difficult for sneaker bot creators to know when or how to press and perform activities on behalf of the app.
These strategies applies to the next version of the smartphone app to avoid producing sneaker bots and to stop them from being useful.
What can you do?
Misdirection is of no benefit on its own since the developer of the nice app isn't going to modify how the app functions and the developer of the sneaker bot already know how the app works and creates a malicious bot to take advantage of it.
The best practice here is to face the danger by zeroing on the approaches used by the sneaker bot to penetrate the app's processes. You may need to involve your external security testing team to grasp the specific sneaker bot plaguing your business, but it's doable.
Remember, some of these sneaker bots are also defending themselves with the same methods. Even, it's perfectly possible to stop sneaker bots from crippling your company without complicated networks and back-end updates.