With the right apps, you can turn your Android device into a useful tool for penetration testing and wireless network surveillance. The ability to identify vulnerabilities may come in handy when setting up a new wireless network or when testing the security of an existing one. Keep in mind that most hacking apps for Android only work as advertised on rooted devices. Some apps might offer limited functionality even without root access, but don’t expect them to do anything useful.
Wifi Analyzer is a deceptively simple wireless analysis app for Android. When you launch it, Wifi Analyzer automatically detects all wireless networks around you (even hidden ones) and displays their wireless channel and strength on a graph. You can then zoom in on any of the networks to see more information about it. All of this is useful for two reasons: first, you can use the app to discover potential targets around you; second, you can discover which wireless channels are used the most and which are used the least. If you have a home wireless network that’s not performing as it should, often it’s enough to switch it to a less cluttered channel for the performance issues to go away.
Think of Nmap (Network Mapper) as a more sophisticated alternative to Wifi Analyzer. The first version of this app was released 20 years ago, and the app has since then become a very popular way how to discover hosts and services on a computer network. Nmap builds a map of the network by sending specially crafted packets to the target host(s) and then analyzes the responses. Unlike Wifi Analyzer, Nmap is a command-line app that started as a Linux-only utility. To use it on Android, you need to manually install the installation package using a terminal app. Fortunately, the entire installation process is explained in detail on Nmap’s official website.
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a network security standard that makes it possible to easily create and connect to a secure wireless home network. Unfortunately, this standard has several design flaws that make it possible for attackers to use the brute force attack method to gain access to a wireless network. The manufacturers of many modern routers have addressed these design flaws, but there are still countless vulnerable routers just sitting and waiting for malicious attackers to exploit them. With WIFI WPS WPA TESTER you can test your router to see whether it’s vulnerable or not, and you don’t even need any advanced hacking skills to do that. Just turn on the app and let it do its job.
cSploit is described as the most complete and advanced IT security toolkit on Android. The app can run on any UNIX-based system, and its features include the ability to enumerate local hosts, find vulnerabilities, find exploits for these vulnerabilities, use those exploits to gain access to the target, crack Wi-Fi passwords, install backdoors for later access. With cSploit, you can analyze your electronic devices and patch all the vulnerabilities you discover to prevent malicious attackers from exploiting them.
Aimed at security managers, zANTI is a mobile penetration testing toolkit capable of assessing the risk level of a network with the push of a button. The app can uncover authentication, backdoor, and brute-force attacks, DNS and protocol-specific attacks and rogue access points using a comprehensive range of full customizable network reconnaissance scans. zANTI simulates the same attacks real hackers use to gain access to critical systems and wireless networks. It then reports the results with advanced cloud-based reporting through zConsole and automatically produces an Automated Network Map that highlights every vulnerability of a given target.