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Networking

Debugging network activity on an iOS device can be challenging.  There are fantastic tools built into Xcode that allow you to to see the data flowing in and out of the device, but troubleshooting network activity at the TCP level can be difficult.  Often the best option you have is to perform a packet capture at the router level, but this presents it’s own set of challenges.

Debugging network issues no matter what platform you are on can be challenging.  Often, the deeper you dig into the operating system the harder it can be to analyze and accurately interpret the network traffic you are seeing. And working with iOS is no different.  Debugging iOS traffic from a device to a router or from a device to a server can present many challenges.

In an effort to always keep myself informed and up to date with the latest network security enhancements for iOS and macOS I downloaded and read through the Apple White Paper, entitled iOS Security Guide, January 2018.  This security guide itemizes all of the latest security standards and enhancements Apple has put out for development and info security teams to reference when making decisions about how to design their ap