Antiviruses and IoT – Protecting Against IoT Threats

As we become more dependent on connected technology for managing our homes and businesses, cybersecurity has become the top priority for many users. However, the type of threats that IoT devices face are vastly different from those that are encountered on traditional computers. They require a totally new set of methods and tools to defend against them.

It’s not a surprise that malware attacks on IoT devices are increasing. Each type of device has its own operating system software, functionality, and features. Lack of standard software may also make it difficult to develop security tools for multiple devices.

In 2016, threat actors created one of the biggest botnets in history with a simple hack on IoT devices. This destabilized parts of the Internet and rendered websites like The New York Times’s website, Brian Krebs’s website, and French web host OVH unavailable for hours. The attackers scanned the Internet for default usernames and passwords for IoT devices, then amassed an army of them to begin the DDoS attack.

IoT and antiviruses play a crucial role in protecting against these kinds of threats. This kind of security software, however, must extend its vigilance to be able to check how IoT devices communicate with each other as well as with the outside world. It should also adhere to secure password practices, two-factor authentication, and keep up-to-date patching. These measures, when combined with other security tools to guard against IoT dangers, provide a powerful defense.

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