Ultimate Guide on Blueborne Vulnerability Scanner

If you want to protect your smartphones, desktops, tablets or almost every other smart device, then you should be familiar with the rapidly growing BlueBorne attack. Since it spreads over the air, it can easily infect your device. Currently, more than 8.2 billion Android, Windows, iOS, and Linux devices are vulnerable to this attack. It can infect any device via Bluetooth and currently has 8 zero-day vulnerability tied with it. All of this makes the BlueBorne attack one of the most deadly malwares of the present time.

If you also wish to keep your device safe from this virus, then you need to walk an extra mile. To start with, you should be familiar with the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app and its functionality. In this guide, we will teach you how to use the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app and what needed measures you should take to protect your device.

Part 1: What is the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner?

The BlueBorne attack was originally identified by the Armis Labs. As you might already know, the malware can corrupt a wide range of Windows, Android, iOS, and Linux devices. From smartphones to desktops and wearable gadgets to tablets, the virus can attack billions of devices while spreading through the air. In order to protect your device from the BlueBorne attack, it is important to be aware of its presence.

Since the virus can access (or manipulate) your data, network, sensitive informative, run codes, and exploit it in numerous ways, it is of vital importance to detect its presence. To serve the same purpose, Armis Security has developed a dedicated app – BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner.

blueborne vulnerability scanner

A freely available Android app, it can run on devices running on Android 4.1 and later versions. After installing the app, you can scan if your device is vulnerable to the BlueBorne attack or not. Besides that, you can also locate the nearby devices that could be vulnerable to the virus. This will also help you identify whether your nearby devices are already infected with the malware or not. It has an extremely easy to use interface and will provide reliable results in no time.

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Part 2: How to use the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner?

You can easily use the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner to know if your device is vulnerable to the virus or not. Since the app is freely available on Google Play Store, you can use it without much trouble. All you need to do is follow these steps:

1. To start with, go to the Google Play Store page of the Blueborne Vulnerability Scanner and download the app on your device.

Download link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.armis.blueborne_detector

2. Once the app has been installed, you can open it in order to access its features.

3. The home screen of the app would look similar to this. To check the vulnerability on your device, tap on the “Tap to Check” button.

tap to check blueborne

4. This will initiate the scan as the app will perform all the needed operations on your device. Wait for a while and let it process. You can get to know about the progress from an on-screen indicator.

5. In the end, the tool will let you know whether your device is vulnerable to the BlueBorne attack or not.

your device is vulnerable

6. Also, you can check if any nearby device is vulnerable or not. To do this, go to its Menu and tap on the option of “Scan Nearby Devices”.

check nearby devices

7. Wait for a few seconds as the Blueborne Vulnerability Scanner will check all the nearby devices and access their vulnerability.

8. It will display the results in an illustrative manner. If you want to know more about a device’s security level, then you can simply tap on it.

blueborne device risk results

That’s it! By following these simple steps you would be able to check whether a device is vulnerable to the BlueBorne attack or not. Additionally, it will help you scan your nearby devices for the same as well.

Part 3: What to do if your device shows a high risk for the BlueBorne virus?

If the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner shows that your device is at high risk for the BlueBorne virus, then you should be alerted. Since the virus is airborne, it can corrupt your device in seconds and that too without getting noticed. Ideally, you can follow these suggestions:

Turn off Bluetooth

As the virus spreads via Bluetooth, you can simply protect your device by turning this feature off. It doesn’t matter if your device is paired with the source device or not. If the Bluetooth is on (and discoverable), then it can be infected with the virus.

If you are using a Windows system, then you can go to Settings > Devices and select the option of “Bluetooth”. From here, you can switch off the feature.

turn off bluetooth on windows

Similarly, iOS users can also visit their device’s Settings > Bluetooth and make sure that this option is switched off. You can also perform the same from Bluetooth’s toggle button on the Control Center.

turn off bluetooth on ios

In the same way, Android users can also turn off Bluetooth from the toggle option in the notification center. They can also go to Settings > Bluetooth to turn it off.

turn off bluethooth on android

Update your device

Needless to say, if your device is running on an outdated version of the OS, then it would be vulnerable to the BlueBorne attack. For instance, iOS devices that are running on iOS 9.3.5 and older versions are vulnerable to the attack. Therefore, you can go to Settings > General > Software update and make sure that your device is running on at least iOS 10.

update device system to protect from blueborne

Similarly, Android users should also have the Security Patch Level of the latest date (September 9, 2017). If not, then you should update your device to obtain the most recent Security Patch Level.

Backup your data

Since the BlueBorne attack can corrupt your data or even attain any sensitive information on your device, it is recommended to take its backup beforehand. You can take the assistance of a backup tool like dr.fone Android Data Backup & Restore or dr.fone iOS Data Backup & Restore to do it. Later, you can use the same application to restore your data.

Now when you know how to protect your device from the BlueBorne attack, you would certainly be able to keep it safe. Go ahead and take the assistance of the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app to check whether your device needs any extra protection or not and keep it safe from any unwanted malware attack.

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