2012-01-27 13h57_37
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!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

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.

  • Josh

    Sounds good. Sign me up.

  • http://androideca.de Leandros

    Nice. Looks good!

  • http://wyldtek.samsession.com Sam

    Application Security is the new black

  • Ron

    I'm in for a book like this.

  • David Katherman

    Neat! Hope I win.

  • http://www.barcemex.es Antonio Chillaron Barahona

    I would love to get my hands on this book!

  • Jason

    Awesome, nice giveaway!

  • Kyle

    Good offer, sign me up.

  • Ben

    I would like this book very much.

    Please send four copies to my house.

    The first one is to read, but I would like to hollow out the other three to store contraband 3.5" floppies like Neo in the Matrix.

  • Kuatous

    This would be an amazing addition to my security collection. I cant wait to see it either way.

  • http://techash.tk TechAsh

    I know I won't win, but I'm entering anyway :)

  • Jesse

    Would be great as I'm currently working on android syncing across multiple platforms.

  • Pedro Pina

    let the secure coding start...

  • Carlos

    I want it...!! So I can start developing apps

  • silver

    Sounds good. I'm really interested and I think I will buy it if I do not win it.

    • Ben

      Silver, way to show your hand early. Now you'll never win.

  • Kenneth Cummins

    Put me down for one!

  • Clive Cardoz

    Lets make android the most securest OS on earth. Developers please grab a copy of it.

  • Andrey

    Do want; a short comment, really?

  • Placeholder

    [witty comment]
    [heartfelt thanks]

  • andrewdo

    send me a book please?

  • Gerrit

    There's always room for a good book on better devvin.

  • http://shdd.de Johannes

    today i found his youtube channel.. and i really like the way he explains thigns!

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


  • http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~nhusted N. Husted

    A book like this should be sent to all the programmers at HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.

  • Bruce Cheek

    Sweet, love book giveaways.

  • DavidN

    Wooo, more giveawys! :)

  • jarred

    id love it please :)

  • Matt

    I'm leaving a comment. Maybe I'll win my first giveaway this time! Out of the 30+ I've entered.

  • cole

    cool! YEAH!!!!!!! BOIIII!!!!!!!!!

  • koniczynek

    Me wants. Me really wants.

  • Stigy

    Can't complain about free stuff -- would definitely fit in my new bookcase I bought.

  • Thomas

    Nice! Always good to know more about Android! Love Android Police!

  • http://www.hdwp.com Charles

    I like the O'Reily books.

  • Aeefire

    Count me in!

    Now i just need to get enough words to be allowed to comment. yeah!

  • Jacob

    Awesome giveaway!

  • http://deadlypenguin.com pcon

    I would love to have this book. I'm actually thinking about writing an Android front end for our ticketing system and this would be a big concern of mine.

  • Josh

    My first comment was "a bit too short."

  • Alex S

    I wanted for a while to design applications for my Android device that met my needs but always lacked the time and proper motivation to start. This looks like a good enough motivation to re-arrange my time and make my (and maybe others) day-to-day experience more delightful, inspiring and manageable.
    Thanks a lot to Aaron Gingrich for the giveaway and to androidpolice for making it possible!

  • Doan

    I'll take one, thanks!

  • http://www.delacruzsippel.de/ Marcos

    Nice giveaway! Need one!

  • Andrew

    Choice, thanks. Books are always good.

  • |0xD34D|

    This is a book worth entering the contest for. Sign me up.

  • Hasier Rodriguez

    Awesome!! Let's start making secure apps

  • Omri

    Cool! AP Rocks! Nice giveaway

  • http://benjaminmock.de/ Benjamin

    Sounds interesting. Let's see how lucky I am.

  • Matthew Lawson

    Sign me up. Would love to learn more about Application Security for Android.

  • Adam

    Sweet! This would come in handy for a bunch of my new apps!

  • Christopher

    Cool, I hadn't heard of this book.

    I may buy the Kindle version anyway, but I can wait a week and see whether I get it cheaper! :)

  • Roman

    That's what Android needs! More security ...

  • Peter Davies

    Does chips come with the fish

  • Andy in Indy

    I think I'll pick up a copy of this if I don't win. It looks useful.

  • wirbly

    Now that looks like a good read.

  • Rodrigo

    Nice!!! I really need this book!!!

  • Scott

    Books are always nice. And I do like fish. And code.

  • Taylor

    Sign me up that would be immensely helpful.

  • monkiekitty

    Ok let's try this

  • clive jefferies

    Hope I win this book.

  • http://andr.lv Andrew

    Let's hope the author doesn't propose to tie security to the Market. Some apps/games do this and become online-only.

  • Dennis Heffernan

    Tossing my hat in the ring

  • Tomek

    I would like to get this book. :)

  • Romit

    I want it now....

  • http://www.markgillespie.co.uk Mark G

    Yes please! Please enter me in this compo

  • Johnathan

    I would like this book.

  • Ahmad Fakhrurrazi Bidin

    Gimme gimme! I want it

  • Logan

    Looks brilliant and with more and more DEV for 'Droid the risks keep getting bigger and bigger...timely book.

  • Allen y

    Love the oreilly books

  • Jeff

    Would love a copy of this book.

  • https://plus.google.com/#104632093804506981391 Chris Crowley

    Application Security for the Android Platform - Looks like an interesting read.

    I wonder when android mobile device users will actually be given the ability to granularly enable specific permissions on applications they wish to install, without resorting to rooting their device? As it is now, one can accept the requested permissions, or refuse to install the app. Not an ideal situation.

  • Rastor

    Books are great, O'reilly books are better than great, O'reilly books about Android are greater than better than great.

  • http://Www.mobiletechview.com Johnd09

    Sign me, I'm fixing to start learning how to build apps so might as wellhave the book to learn how to secure them.

  • Eli McCrory

    Keep on trucking baby

  • http://pedroren.com Pedro

    I want it, I'm in!

  • James Ebby

    Niiiice giveaway.

  • Jamison England

    This is my comment. Pick me or I will go back to Apple.. just kidding no one is that stupid.

  • Joshwin Greene

    This book seems like an interesting read. Sign me up!

  • Ovi Roatis

    Want me some security!

  • sungam

    Give it to me.

  • Jaz

    This would be awesome! Thanks Android police!

  • adigo

    I never won a book here. How can I become a developer?

  • Freak4Dell

    Might as well enter.

  • rrjp

    Sounds useful. Oops, comment too short?

  • Mikael Mattsson

    I'd love to have this book! A perfect complement to my college course "Java for Android"!

  • Timothy C

    I'm very interested in learning how to create a more secure app. Count me in!

  • Coy Longshore

    I would like a copy, Please!!

  • cSquall

    Brilliant! Anyone here read this?

  • iamthezenmaster

    Sounds good...count me in.

  • http://www.razzil.com Raza Rahil Hussain

    I'm in :) Insha Allah i'll win

  • Andres Bouchez

    Sign me up, please, please... i want it... the book... i mean

  • matt langreder

    Gimme dat book.

  • Alex Kibler

    Sweet. I'm in.

  • Eric

    The world of software could always use a bit more security. Would be cool to win a copy.

  • Lee

    Sounds good. Nice one for my library.

  • Steve

    Sweet! I'd love to win a copy.

  • Michael SR

    I need one. It would be nice to win for a change

  • will

    cool cant wait to read it

  • http://romrepo.info TechJeeper

    In! I am going for my BAS in Cyber Defense. Security is a passion of mine!

  • VoodooXTC

    Sounds like a fun read :)

  • Mart

    Would definitely be useful!

  • Mooki

    Sounds like a good book, I'm in.

  • Ender

    It's worth a try :)

  • Guy

    Yes please! 1 to denmark.

  • Justin Ellenbecker

    SIgn me up. The perfect compliment to the new books I just bought from B&N

  • WordsFromKJ

    this is so necessary

  • Luke

    I win this book! :)

  • Drew

    Gibt Mir Das BÖÖK

  • borche

    Smash those malware threats & shut iOS fanboys' mouths :) AP rulz

  • Schubi


  • JamesRamone

    Nice one. Absolutely want :)

  • Jeppe Rishede

    I am so happy that I found this site. It is awesome!

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Sweet deal...I'll be waiting for the winning email.

  • http://lordjaba.com Lord JABA

    Big plus for O'reilly for great angle SOPA! And for books of course

  • Nathan

    I could use some more ways to up my overall development skills. and I do love me some books.

  • https://plus.google.com/104746866944225332158/posts Mike

    That book looks awesome!

  • Gotnospoon

    This is for VoodooXTC, he threatened to show up at my apartment dressed as a carrot lathered in mayonnaise sitting in front of my door eating slim jims asking my neighbors to touch his orange colored carrot creases if I didn't post and give him the book if I won......if I get the book I'm gonna make him do it anyways.

  • Peter

    Every book that enhances application security is a win for the community.

  • ottermann

    gimmie gimmie gimmie.....

  • http://diespiderdie.com Grant Shearer

    Would love to read this book.

  • Jon Carey

    I would love to have this book, if your in to learning how to keep it tight..

  • http://androidpolice hectormoi

    security is always a must. Very interesting........IWANTIT INEEDIT.........

  • Derek Winstead

    Hope I'm picked!

  • mark

    Security! Get these nasty malware out of here…

  • Daniel Kvist

    w00t! Would love this as a complement to my CS studies.

  • John

    Sounds like a good read.

  • Mike

    This book could be the start to a lucrative career!

  • Martin Rajniak

    security is important, pls sign me in

  • Michael

    Security! Se-curity!

    Do want

  • Robin

    I want it! Really!

  • swilva

    could totally use some new fish wrap

  • David

    Sounds like a good thing to have.

  • Krisztian

    I think it is a really good book, Security in mobile OS is really weak for now... I am aware of what am I doing in Android, but a lot of users are not, so we have to help them...

  • http://twitter.com/alessandrof Alessandro

    What a wonderful prize!

  • Theodor

    Great giveaway, just need to catch up on my developing skillz now. Thanks!

  • Chad

    let me win a contest just one time =)

  • Corey

    Just decided that my term paper for my security class is going to be over Mobile Security specifically the android platform. This book would help so much.

  • Doug

    Me please. I'd like to win.

  • James

    Security is just one important factor in app development.

  • Dan

    Nothing is worse than an insecure android...

  • Jonathan Unicorn

    Entering. I like reading.

  • http://www.greggriffiths.org Greg Griffiths

    sounds like a good book to learn from :)

  • Will K

    The "backseat" topic of all application development. Security should always be on the top of the priority list.

  • John H

    Awesome, I'll need some security once I finish one I have considered up.

  • Hugo Estrada

    The book will give my android applications a sense of security in a way that their current cognitive behavioral therapy isn't.

  • Brian

    Looks good! I'd kick it up a notch!

  • http://twitter.com/geeknik geeknik

    I could definitely use a copy of this book! =)

  • Susie

    I'd love to win a copy of Application Security for the Android Platform!

  • http://MonicaLamb.com Monica Peters

    I must win this book :)

  • Nick

    Count me in. Thanks for the contest!

  • http://www.piensa.com Felipe B.

    Security is a most ! ... and security in Android is not an exception. . This book should be a great resource to learn about Android security and safety.

  • Sadman

    This would be a great book to have. Myself and 4 other family members are really into android and learning the security risks would be phenomenal. SIGN ME UP

  • Bobbie

    I'm sure I'll get around to looking at one one day, win or not :)

  • Tom S

    A must have resource for android security. :)