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Check your Android device for vulnerabilities with VTS

Posted on 2015-12-15 19:10:22 by Scott Jeffrey - 0 Comments

VTS for Android is an application designed to scan for a variety of security vulnerabilities on your system. While antivirus is still a relatively new concept for Android users, system vulnerability scans are an even newer idea.

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VTS is one of the first functional applications of its kind to point out security vulnerabilities on Android devices. This vulnerability data will stay on your device as well as help you to develop countermeasures or install other applications to improve your system security. The goal of this open source project is to improve the overall security of the operating system as well as improve the overall quality of applications for the future.

Open Source Recommendations

VTS provides specific instructions and recommendations via outside links when a user encounters a problem. With its open source nature the application is also consistently updating to include new threats and backdoors as they become available. None of the data kept on your device will be linked with other users without your consent and you can choose to do with the data what you will. This makes VTS the perfect tool for app testing as well as for checking on new patches and software updates. With all of the help that this app can bring you can prevent various malicious threats from affecting your Android devices.

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Unflag VTS To improve Scans

The only main concern with VTS currently is the app itself getting flagged as malicious. Because VTS is capable of performing in depth scans to important core functions in Android your antivirus or firewall programs may automatically flag VTS as a potential concern for the future. Unchecking VTS as a concern will not put your Android device at risk and can actually help to improve the operating system for the future. Some popular virus scanners detect the app as malicious, but they are false positives.

The time between a problem and a patch

If a vulnerability is discovered in Android the time between a patch release from google and the time that the discovery happens can be significant. With tools like VTS you can recognize bugs in the operating system and with various applications and take recommended steps to stop these attacks in just a few hours. Even with nexus devices which receive Android patches the quickest, the time between learning about a bug and the time between actually receiving a patch could take as long as a month to multiple months. Regular scans with VTS could protect you from vulnerabilities in hours.

Example of how this app could have helped

A great example of when users needed VTS the most was with the Futex bug which was recognized in May and was not actually fixed until early June. Rather than month to patch these vulnerabilities and leaving your system open to attacks you could be protected by a quick open source solution or application in just a few hours pending a future release from google.

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Enjoying faster patches without a Nexus

The good news for Android users who aren’t running a Nexus device as well is that they can enjoy faster access to the patches that their device needs to even be on par to the same security levels that a google device can offer. Older versions of Android and devices other than the Nexus line could be waiting months to receive the vulnerability patches that they require to prevent malicious attacks. Patching these bugs doesn’t need to take months especially if users were willing to try VTS.

A simple process for checking

The process for actually checking for vulnerabilities on your Android device is very simple using VTS as well. Using the device vulnerability checker you can sort through all of the core kernel files for Android and all of your applications. In just a short scan that is as fast as any Android virus scan you can receive recommendations about new publicly known vulnerabilities and how to update your device to prevent attack. This is a tool that can help you to prevent damage to your device or compromised data before it even becomes an issue.

Try out VTS today and safeguard your Android devices for the future. 

author: Scott Jeffrey
Scott Jeffrey
Scott Jeffrey is a Freelance Writer and Researcher. With an MA in Public issues Anthropology he resides in Guelph Ontario. Scott has passion for music, film and fishing.
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