Hacking, by definition, is the process of finding ways different from the typical methods in order to achieve a goal. Computer hacking can, therefore, in basic terms, be defined as the process of finding (clever) ways to make computers do what you want and there are several tools already available to enable techies to accomplish their tasks.
Android, being the world’s most popular operating system already has a plethora of portable options that enable its users to run ethical hacking tasks from the convenience of their palms.
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Some of these applications require root permissions and/or payment. Without further ado, here’s a list of the best hacking applications for Android.
AndroRAT is a free and open-source Java-based client/server application developed by a team of 4 for a university project to give remote control of the Android system in order to retrieve information of interest.
Its functionalities include getting call logs, contacts, and their related information, messages, location by GPS/Network, taking a picture from the camera, streaming video, streaming sound from the microphone, making calls, and opening URLs in the default browser, among others.
Fing is a network scanner with which you can discover and identify all the devices connected to any WiFi network using its patented technology, as well as analyzing the vulnerability of routers.
Its free version is well equipped for collecting a summary of your WiFi network e.g. hidden cameras, bandwidth usage; blocking intruders, and setting parental controls. If you are interested in advanced features then check out its premium version.
This Network Mapper (Nmap) app is the free unofficial Android client for the popular Nmap scanner with which you can discover hosts, protocols, open ports, and services as well as their configuration and vulnerabilities on networks.
This version runs without root permissions but it is quite outdated. If you don’t mind getting technical, you can check out the official Nmap/Android.
4. NetX Network Tools PRO
NetX Network Tools PRO is a paid network analysis tool for details such as IP address, MAC address, NetBIOS name, mobile network strength, gateway, subnet mask, UPnP Name, etc.
It features Secure SHell (SSH) for carrying out tasks remotely and houses tons of other features not available in most alternatives e.g. themes, network monitor and analyzer, Wake On LAN (WOL), backup & restore, tethering mode, and graphs. It costs $2.99.
5. zANTI Mobile Penetration Testing Tool
zANTI is among the most popular Android hacking applications that can be used for identifying and simulating mobile attack techniques and real-world exploits from the convenience of your palm.
You can use it to gather information about any connected device or network including a list of its vulnerabilities. Although it works without root access, its most advanced features require root permissions to work.
6. PortDroid – Network Analysis Kit & Port Scanner
PortDroid is a network analysis application aimed at network admins, pen testers, and hackers with several networking tools such as ping, traceroute, DNS lookup, reverse IP lookup, port scanning, and Wake-On-Lan (WoL).
It is available for free with advanced features such as theme customization available in the pro version.
7. Sniffer Wicap 2 Pro
Sniffer Wicap 2 Pro is a premium mobile network packet catcher for WiFI and LTE networks. Of all the apps in this list, it features the most modern and stylish user interface which makes it a lot easier to use than several alternatives.
At $7.99, it is the most expensive mobile hacking app for Android that we know and it does a good job of defending its case. We advise that you check out its trial version to confirm that it suits your needs before making any purchases.
Hackode is a networking tool packed with an ideal toolkit aimed at cybersecurity experts and network managers but adapted to non-tech-savvy users.
With it, you can reconnaissance actions, perform port scans, pings, traceroute, DNS and IP searches, and access Mail Exchange records. Hackode is free, open-source, and works without root access.
cSploit is a powerful network analysis and penetration suite for Android designed with the intention of providing the most complete, professional toolkit for IT security experts and hobbyists on a mobile device.
DroidSheep is a free network sniffer for WiFI networks with which you can intercept unprotected web browser sessions. It was developed for reliable testing purposes which enable users to simulate a threat and find vulnerabilities on a current network in order for easy diagnosis and threat mitigation. DroidsSheep is free, open-source, easy to install, and requires root access.
These Android applications are some of the best there are in and out of the Google PlayStore. If there are any particular apps that you have a noteworthy experience with, feel free to share your views with us in the comments section below.