Android Apps

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My favorite System and Network related Android apps. At the time of this post they are all free and none of them require a rooted device.

  • Mocha VNC Lite: Mocha VNC provides access to VNC Servers. Windows and Mac OS X compatible.
  • uNagi: A Nagios and Incinga client. My favorite features: Allows connections over https, acknowledge notifications, view service and host problems, no additional Nagios plugins required.
  • 2Xclient: An easy to use RDP client.
  • OpenVPN Connect: VPN client for the OpenVPN Access Server, Private Tunnel and OpenVPN Community.
  • Lookout Security & Antivirus: Protection against malware and viruses.
  • FoxFi: Wifi tethering without a rooted device.
  • Fing – Network Tools: Network discover, ping, traceroute, DNS lookup, port scan, and more.
  • Glympse: Not necessarily an app for just tech types, but great for letting people know where you are and when you’ll get to your destination.
  • Quickoffice: View and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, view PDF’s.
  • Wifi Analyzer: Show information about wifi networks; Channels, stength, and more.
  • WordPress: Easily, write, edit, and publish WordPress posts on AND self-hosted WordPress sites.
  • OpenSignal: Locate better cellular coverage or wi-fi, report dropped calls, and much more.
  • Ookla speedtest shows upload and download speeds, as well as ping times.
  • for Android: is one of the best registrars out there. This app allows you to manage your registered domains, including renewal and DNS management. Check domain name availability, register new domain names, and search for domain names based on your geographical location.
  • Servers Ultimate: Turn your Android phone in to a multipurpose server.
  • AndFTP: FTP client that manages multiple FTP connections
  • AirDroid: Connect to your Android phone from your computer to manages SMS and more – with no wires.

Remote Administration and Kaspersky Obstacles

Kaspersky Anti-Virus (KAV) has been a bit of a hassle. Here are some of the issues I’ve run into with VNC/RDP remote management over multiple sites on different subnets.

KAV detects the LAN it is on and adds it to its “trusted networks”, but you’ll need to add additional trusted networks if they are on a different subnet (Settings>Anti-Hacker>Settings>Zones>Add). If you don’t, you won’t be able to VNC, rdp, or even ping the box from a different subnet.

KAV - ICMP settings The reason you can’t ping is probably because you need to set “Other ICMP types” to allow instead of block (Settings>Anti-Hacker>Rules for Packet Filtering>Settings).
KAV - Trusted Applications VNC will probably need to be added as a trusted application, so that KAV doesn’t block it (Settings>Trusted Zone>Trusted Application>Add).

You won’t be able to modify the KAV client settings by VNCing to the machine. You can open the KAV client, but as soon as you do you wont be able to even mouse-over the window (pretty smart security feature). This goes for the ‘Allow/Block’ pop-ups as well. You’ll have to use RDP to be able to do this.

Because of these snags, it’s a good idea to set up RDP access on top of VNC. Imaging machines helps as well, but make sure all the settings persist through the imaging process.