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Last Updated: February 5th, 2012

Thanks to our two-dozen (or so) previous book giveaways, you probably now know how to develop for Android. If so, it's probably time to kick your game up to the next level by mastering application security. Luckily for you, O'Reilly Media recently published a new book on the topic, titled "Application Security for the Android Platform: Processes, Permissions, and Other Safeguards." Written by Jeff Six, the book is a concise (112 page) treatise on the subject.

This contest is now over. Here are our winners, selected at random:
  1. hectormoi
  2. Gracjan
  3. James Ebby
  4. rolltidedad
  5. Antonio Chillaron Barahona

Congratulations, guys - all of you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

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Application Security for the Android Platform

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Because nothing says "Application Security" like a fish.

With the Android platform fast becoming a target of malicious hackers, application security is crucial. This concise book provides the knowledge you need to design and implement robust, rugged, and secure apps for any Android device. You’ll learn how to identify and manage the risks inherent in your design, and work to minimize a hacker’s opportunity to compromise your app and steal user data.

How is the Android platform structured to handle security? What services and tools are available to help you protect data? Up until now, no single resource has provided this vital information. With this guide, you’ll learn how to address real threats to your app, whether or not you have previous experience with security issues.

  • Examine Android’s architecture and security model, and how it isolates the filesystem and database
  • Learn how to use Android permissions and restricted system APIs
  • Explore Android component types, and learn how to secure communications in a multi-tier app
  • Use cryptographic tools to protect data stored on an Android device
  • Secure the data transmitted from the device to other parties, including the servers that interact with your app

The book can be purchased via O'Reilly directly for $13.99 for the eBook, $17.99 for print, or $19.79 for both. Alternatively, the Kindle edition can be purchased from Amazon for $9.99.

The Giveaway

Let's be honest: on a system as open as Android, we need all the application security we can get. With that in mind, we're going to keep entering the contest as simple as possible. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. That's it. Make sure you use your real email address when you do - that's how we contact the winners.

Five lucky winners will be chosen at random one week from today at midnight, when the contest ends (that's Friday, February 3 at 11:59 P.M. PST), and will then be contacted by email.

Finally, O'Reilly is kind enough to open this contest up to everyone in the world, so what are you waiting for? Head down to the comments and submit your name!

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Sam

    I'd love a copy - I'm getting ready to start on Android development!

  • Chris

    O'Reilly has Android books...damn you B&N for not carrying them!!

  • Mark

    This goes on the must-read list.

  • Zach B

    Looks useful indeed. Would be happy to have it.

  • Mandar Udgirkar

    Worth having this book if you are an android dev. :-)

  • http://gadgetstip.com aatif

    Is there any book on how to develop android application ? If yes please let me know I am interested in android . Without developing app there is no use of security book :)

  • http://www.weblogku.com Azam

    Send me the book... :)

  • yanislav

    I hope that it will be realy interesting

  • Farhan

    Ask me the shipping address already ! :P

  • Fat Fred

    A comment has been left :D

  • Audrius

    I am waiting incoming email already.

  • SirOcelot

    I'd love a copy of this book!

  • Manel

    Nice giveaway! Thanks a lot

  • Radek

    I just need it! :)

  • Micah Thompson

    Consider me signed up!

  • http://facebook.com/smsmycarandme Force

    Oh I have been waiting for the book to be released a long time, would be nice to win it though :)

  • Gracjan

    How nice would it be to get my hands on the book. Programming for Android would be indeed taken up a notch with this one, that's for sure.

  • Ansgar

    Sounds very nice to me!

  • Apovtx

    Nice book! Good luck!

  • Petr K

    Good! Count me in!

  • http://www.gheorghiu-online.ro Gabriel Gheorghiu

    Just Wait :-) Sign me up!

  • Steve Williams

    Security is an important part of the overall design of an appliation.

  • Boby

    Cool! Now I can make my apps secure - certified by Jeff Six ;-)

  • Michael Thomsen

    Done! 10chars...

  • kerjani

    Yess, this is the book, what i need!

  • Android Freeze

    With A Great App, Comes the need for greater security

  • Ion Sircu

    Considering my bachelor thessis will be focused on android development, this book would be a great help. Sign me up please

  • Michal

    I would be really grateful. It's high time to start caring about security.

  • Dieter Vandenbroeck

    Sounds really nice!

  • http://twitter.com/afallucco Anthony Fallucco

    Being a developer myself this would be amazing!

  • Tpt

    Maybe a very good book ! I'm interested.

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    I love all the different animals this publisher uses on this series of books!

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Always like O' Reilly books. Sign me up! =D

  • Lionel

    Nice. Count me in.

  • http://www.rodya.com Rodya

    Count me too :)

  • Rafe

    Wooo, more giveawys!

  • Zane

    Awesome, gotta love Android Police.

  • http://blog.spidey01.com Spidey01 / TerryP

    I'm always interested in books.

  • MJ

    I so want to win this O'Reilly Media book...

  • Rob

    This could be a nice addition to my collection

  • KC

    Perfect for a big Android fan like me!

  • poqeteer

    Thanks for the contest.

  • http://www.radium-v.com John Kreitlow

    I call dibs on one of those copies

  • Sergio

    Great!! lets win!

  • Andrea S.

    Thanks! Looks good

  • ctannerd

    I have been looking a for a comprehensive guide to application security. I enjoy Androids open environment and hacker roots but i wish more was done to safe guard applications from theft

  • Liam Cottam

    I will learn to program someday, one way or another. xD

  • https://www.facebook.com/luachiawei Lua Chia Wei

    i would like to have tis book for security of my android apps..thanks for this giveaway..at least it give me some hopes to win it..xD

  • kiran parmar

    My apps would definitely benefit from this! Sign me up for it!

  • TKL

    A book that I'd very much like to have!

  • Rick

    Can't wait to read it!

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    J'enveux, deux

  • nomejodes

    J'enveux, deux. What a shit, can not send this damned reply!

  • Adwin

    One for me please!

  • Diego

    This would come in very handy! Ideal for the app I have in mind! :-)

  • http://darshankaria.com Darshan Karia

    The book looks worth reading... :-)

  • Nick

    this would be cool
    sign me up!

  • VikkD

    Definitely want to add this to my Android resources collection and and enhance my android programming skills. Sign me up.

  • Abhilekh Guupta

    Adds to my collection of Android books and hone my Android coding!!!!!!

  • suikodian

    Applications has to be developed with security in mind.This might be an interesting reading, count me in :)

  • Celso

    Seems interesting!

  • Sven Are

    Oh nice. who dont like to be part of this :)

  • Jan

    As a junior developer I would need this :)

  • Tariq Ahmed Rizvi

    Android Police, your efforts and presentation to the people has given a fruitful result, now this O'Reilly event is just a gift for your doings, hope you keep up this good work in future too. :)

  • rolltidedad

    In it to win it!

  • Martin

    seems interesting. want. :)

  • GJG

    Sounds interesting to me

  • Daniel

    Recently we have heard about CarrierIQ..
    This book might help me with those things and yes.... WE do need App security

  • Stefany

    This is just what I need to continue with my Android Application Development studies. :)

  • AJ

    Perfect, we need more authors to start getting knowledge out to all the fresh new developers out there for everyone's protection.

  • VOJ

    I definitely need this book.

  • Paul

    Another great giveaway. Thanks.

  • Aaron

    I'm in for one!

  • wolfkabal

    sounds like a great source to add to the collection!

  • Lazo

    I am in! Good luck :)

  • Fred

    Sounds good :) I need...

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    5 winners have been posted!