What is app vulnerability?
App vulnerability is a flaw or a weakness in an app that can be used by malicious actors. Cybercriminals are constantly on the lookout for such weak spots that, like a chink in your armor, can be targeted to attack the app or the whole device. Successful vulnerability exploits could lead to data breaches and even total system takeover.
How vulnerabilities get into apps
What is NordVPN’s vulnerability detection feature?
Our application vulnerability detection tool automatically scans software on your Windows device to detect flaws that could be exploited by cybercriminals. If Threat Protection finds any known vulnerabilities, it notifies you immediately so you can take action and protect your data and device.
Why should I enable vulnerability detection?
Minimize the chance of potential attacks
Malicious actors are always looking for an easy way in. If your software is updated and secure, you’re less likely to be targeted because there’s usually nothing for them to exploit.
Be the first to know
If that niche sound mixing software you use has a major vulnerability, you’re unlikely to hear about it in the news. But NordVPN’s vulnerability detection tool will notify you personally.
Get additional device protection without hassle
Once you enable vulnerability detection, there’s nothing else for you to do. It will work 24/7, scan automatically, and keep your device and data safer than before.
It doesn’t cost extra
You don’t have to pay more for the vulnerability detection feature — it comes with your NordVPN subscription, like all our other features, keeping you safe while working silently in the background.
How to enable vulnerability detection on NordVPN
If you want NordVPN to scan your Windows PC for software vulnerabilities, follow these steps:
Open the NordVPN app
Launch the NordVPN app on your device and log in with your credentials.
Click the shield
Select the shield icon on the left-hand side to open the Threat Protection section.
Turn it on
Toggle Threat Protection on to enable vulnerability scanning and other protective measures.
Software vulnerability in numbers
Exploring the data reveals just how common and dangerous software vulnerabilities are.
new vulnerabilities are discovered each month.
3 out of 4
of applications have at least one security flaw.
of companies have high-risk vulnerabilities in their networks.