I’d like to know the transmission of SE Android app is encrypted or not with https. Please make me confirm.

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    If I could use wireshark I will be able to capture the packet whether it's encrypted or not. So, I used Android DDMS instead. It seems be all packets is HTTP1.1 except for the authentication which is handled by Google accounts. Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 0:56
  • Yeah, I really doubted that the Android app was encrypted, especially since it is still in Alpha. Better to get the app working properly first, before putting in the fancy goodies.
    – user102937
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 0:59
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    @RobertHarvey The Android app actually was released already; it's the iOS app that's in alpha right now.
    – hichris123
    Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 2:32

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The app is using the Stack Exchange API, which requires HTTPS to be used whenever a user access token is transmitted.

I did an inspection of traffic to/from my phone, and confirmed the app does connect to a Stack Exchange IP address ( over HTTPS whenever a network based action is taken.

But, I don't have access to the app source code so I can't be 100% sure. As far as I can tell, all network traffic related to the app is handled via secure tunnels. Including the push notifications which go through Google's servers.

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    Yep, the app only uses https://, since, well, it has to. Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 19:20

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