The LivePerson Mobile SDK's Logging system has been redesigned in Android SDK 4.4 / 5.2 to bring enhanced customer control and data safety to what we send to the system logs. This new logger brings with it two features, both now located under the LivePerson.Logging static class: Precise Logging Level Control and Log Data Masking

Precise Logging Level Control

The Mobile SDK can now be set to one of six different verbosity settings:

  • VERBOSE (high-traffic logs; tracks many objects as they move through the SDK)
  • DEBUG (details some of the inner workings of the SDK logic and network stack)
  • INFO (primarily large business-logic steps as the SDK connects, sends, and receives messages)
  • WARNING (things that went slightly wrong, but were recoverable enough that the user should not have noticed)
  • ERROR (things that went wrong enough that we either failed or had to resort to a fallback that the user may have noticed)
  • NONE (silent as the abyss)

As is standard with most logging systems, each of these settings also includes all levels below it. Setting the SDK Logging Level to NONE disables SDK logging entirely.

The default log level is INFO in Release builds, and VERBOSE in Debug builds.

You can adjust the logging level with the following method:

LivePerson.Logging.setSDKLoggingLevel(LogLevel.DEBUG);

WARNING: While reducing the SDK logging level can reduce how much spam is sent to your system logs, doing so may hinder LivePerson Support Staff from assisting with issues, should system logs be necessary to resolve any future issues.

Log Data Masking

The Mobile SDK now includes a feature that, when enabled, will replace all instances of sensitive data such as authentication tokens, user IDs, message contents, PII, and other sensitive data with a simple "********" string, ensuring that no details, not even the length of these items is exposed to the logs. This feature has been applied to all of our logs - everything from Error on down to Verbose. This allows a greater level of flexibility in deciding how much to allow the Mobile SDK to log, knowing that no matter what setting you choose, you won't have to worry about data leaks.

This feature is Enabled by default in Release builds, but Disabled in Debug builds to preserve log detail.

You can enable or disable this feature with the following method:

LivePerson.Logging.setDataMaskingEnabled(true);

Persistence

These setting are kept as static variables, and thus persist for the lifetime of the application and no further. To ensure they is always applied, a good approach is to make this change is this:

public class MyHostApplication extends Application {

    @Override
    public void onCreate() {
        super.onCreate();
        
        if (BuildConfig.DEBUG) {
            LivePerson.Logging.setSDKLoggingLevel(LogLevel. /* YOUR DEBUG LOG LEVEL */);
            LivePerson.Logging.setDataMaskingEnabled( /* YOUR DEBUG DATA MASKING BOOL */ );
        } else {
            LivePerson.Logging.setSDKLoggingLevel(LogLevel. /* YOUR PRODUCTION LOG LEVEL */);
            LivePerson.Logging.setDataMaskingEnabled( /* YOUR PRODUCTION DATA MASKING BOOL */ );
        }
    }
}