Did you root your Android-based smartphone or tablet, thinking about it? Well I present you seven free network apps that take advantage of the superuser permissions. In the list I’ve composed , you’ll find apps that help with the network configuration and security of your device, apps to do sharing and sniffing on networks, and apps that demonstrate network hacking and security risks.
DroidSheep by Andreas Koch
What is this about?
If you know Firesheep or Faceniff, you probably know what this is about – one-click session hijacking using your android smartphone or tablet computer.
You can use DroidSheep to demonstrate to yourself or others of how easy it is to take-over other user’s unsecured web sessions. You just open the app, agree to their disclaimer, and tap Start. You’ll start seeing the list populate once users on the network login to unsecured sites, displaying their URLs and session IDs. Then you can tap on an entry to open the site in full or mobile view, save the cookies, or export the cookies via email.
Samba File Sharing by funkyFresh
Access your Android device over wifi as a Windows shared folder.* Samba filesharing server for Android.
* Your Android device becomes visible to other Windows (& SMB compatible) computers on your network.
* The ‘external’ storage in your Android device is accessible as a network shared folder.
* Copy files and folders to and from your Android device using drag and drop.
* Customizable username, password, Windows workgroup name, and device network (NETBIOS) name.
* Your Android device must already be rooted.
* Superuser 188.8.131.52 or later installed (available on Market).
Set DNS by Mytechie
This app lets you easily define the name servers used by your Wi-Fi and mobile network interfaces. You can speed up browsing, enable content filtering, or bypass DNS-based filters by using a third-party DNS service. Android lets you natively change the DNS server addresses for just the Wi-Fi interface and is only available if you define static IP information. However, Set DNS lets you change both interfaces and can work when using DHCP.
Shark for Root by Elviss Kuštans
Traffic sniffer, works on 3G and WiFi (works on FroYo tethered mode too).his network sniffer is based on tcpdump and is basically a simple version of the popular WireShark application. It captures packet information from the Wi-Fi or 3G interfaces and automatically saves them to a .pcap file on the SD card. You can input tcpdump parameters to customize the sniffing sessions. You can view the dumps on your Android if you install another app (Shark Reader) or transfer the .pcap file to another computer to open in an application such as WireShark.
SSH Tunnel by Max Lv
This app helps you surf the web privately and securely, for instance, to encrypt your traffic from local eavesdroppers at Wi-Fi hotspots or to bypass filters and geographic restrictions. It’s a SSH client that can proxy the Internet connections for the entire Android system or individual apps through a SSH server. Its DNS Proxy feature can also solve the DNS pollution problem in places such as China by using the pre-defined HOSTS information from the developer’s site to counteract any DNS tampering by the authorities or ISPs.
WiFi Key Recovery by alt236
Android lets you modify the settings for Wi-Fi networks you’ve saved, but doesn’t show you the existing passwords, similar to Windows XP. However, this simple app reveals the login credentials for Wi-Fi networks stored on your device, useful if you forget the password to a network. It also demonstrates one of the security risks if you’re Android gets lost or stolen; someone can potentially get the credentials to log onto your home or work network.
Wireless Tether by Müller, Lemons, Buxton
This lets you share your Android’s Internet connection with other computers or devices equipped with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It’s great if your Android version or mobile service provider doesn’t support tethering. For most Android devices, this app’s Wi-Fi sharing creates an ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) network. Some devices support the regular infrastructure-mode, which appears to look like a real Wi-Fi router or access point to the other devices. For either mode, it takes care of handing out IP addresses to clients via DHCP.