Bitdefender has create a new free tool called Home Scanner, a piece of software that scans the network for vulnerabilities and notifies the users about the vulnerable devices in the network. The application discovers all the devices connected to the local network and checks if those devices use weak passwords or outdated software, which create security flaws.
After the software scans the network, it generates a report, offering the suers security tips, in order to make the network secured. To search for weak passwords, the app tries to authenticate on devices using the common (default) passwords of the devices.
Bitdefender Home Scanner has been released on the 31st of May and can be downloaded for free, from the Bitdefender website .
A few instructions:
The software can be easily installed on the computer. It requires you to create a Bitdefender account, but this can be done fast and easy directly from the application, without requiring mail confirmation.
At first usage, the application asks the user to confirm which is the default network, the one which will be later scanned for vulnerabilities.
After the network confirmation, the app discovers and scans the network devices.
Unfortunately, in my test, the app did not find any vulnerabilities, so I do not know how the good are the security tips it provides.
If you want to uninstall the app, you first need to uninstall Bitdefender Home Scanner and the Bitdefender Agent. The uninstall process does not require restart.
Personally, I find this software really useful when trying to create security audits.