Top 7 Smartphone Apps for IT Professionals
IT professionals need a range of apps to promote security, usability, and functionality within the systems they develop and maintain. Fortunately, there are some extraordinary apps available to do these things and much more. Since your smartphone is likely on your side at all times, load it up with these top apps and see production soar.
1. iSSH – SSH / VNC Console
Though there are a number of SSH command line access apps to choose from, iSSH consistently gets the most downloads and best reviews by IT professionals. This comprehensive VT100, VT102, VT220, ANSI, xterm, and xterm-color terminal emulator over SSH and telnet is integrated with a tunneled X server, RDP and VNC client. You can use it to connect networks, workstations, and other devices on the network. It is a standby for IT professionals to lean on. The app is available for iPhone and iPad.
2. Wi-Fi Analyzer
The Wi-Fi Analyzer app allows you to quickly and easily set up access points, check on channel use stats, troubleshoot the Wi-Fi network, and conduct security audits. This free app gets 4.6 out of 5 stars in the user reviews for easily finding a less crowded channel to set your wireless router to. A crash issue that recently annoyed users has been fixed, and the most common comments among users are, “I can’t do without it“, and “excellent app“. The app is available for Android Devices and is free to download.
3. Router Password Recovery
Router Password Recovery app is ideal for IT professionals who work with networking gear. It is a comprehensive database of default login methods and credentials. It includes information on over 1,000 different gateways, routers, modems, and security components. Though most of this information is on the Internet, this app makes it much quicker to access the information when you’re in the middle of working on something else. It’s a free app available for Android Devices, and gets 3.7 out of 5 stars from users. It would probably receive higher ratings if users read the purpose of the app before downloading: it’s primarily designed for router control panel password recovery, not wireless password recovery.
Scany is a good, all-in-one app for scanning and probing, allowing users to keep track of the functionality, security issues, and overall health of a system. It is feature packed, offering trace route, portscan, whois queries, Windows host name lookup, MAC address lookup, ping, and a list of known IP ranges, such as VPN, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G. Be careful when shopping for and downloading this app from the app stores, because there are several similarly named apps used for scanning documents with a smartphone or tablet. Scany is a free app for scanning LAN, Wi-Fi networks, web sites, open ports, and finding network devices. It supports most common protocols.
5. Network “Swiss-Army-Knife”
Scoring a user rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, this app is another versatile tool for IPv4 subnetting/CIDR, offline hardware MAC address to organization lookup and organization to MAC address lookup, single/batch domain name lookup, deep whois lookup, offline IANA port number lookup, IANA top-level domain lookup, TCPIP quick reference guide and more. It’s ideal for IT professionals who are working toward maximizing workload automation and other tasks that keep you running to and fro. Network “Swiss-Army-Knife” is a paid app and is available on both iTunes and Google Play.
6. Server Monitor
This free app allows network administrators to keep tabs on the system remotely. It uses SSH connections to retrieve and display up time, load average, and memory status, and is straightforward to use. It supports both plain TCP connections and SSH tunnels, and will soon include Linux daemon monitoring. The latest update allows users to manually monitor services. The app is available on Google Play.
Also for IT professionals working with networks, Fing features TCP port scanning, pinging, traceroute, and DNS lookups on a Wi-Fi network. It also shows the user SSID, IP details, and current speed of the Wi-Fi connection. Rating an impressive 4.8 out of 5 stars by users, this app by Overlook is free. Other features include network discovery, TCP port scan, ping, traceroute, DNS lookup, wake on LAN, a TCP connection tester, MAC address and vendor gathering, connectivity detection, geogathering, and more. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play.
Before downloading and using a new app for IT pros, thoroughly read the promises made by the developer, including what platforms the app is compatible with. Most of the time, apps are available for all smartphone devices, but some are geared specifically for iPhones, BlackBerry phones, or Android devices. Also, read customer reviews to see if others who downloaded the app are happy with the performance.
Unfortunately, there are not yet apps to educate users on their systems, address system problems for you in the middle of the night, or help your boss remember his passwords. But the smartphone app world is still young, so there’s always hope for the future.
This post was written by Peyton Spencer, freelance writer who loves all things technology and computing. As a computer geek, she’s always working toward maximizing her workload and increasing productivity with useful apps like these.