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Free IOT device scanner solution now available for smart homes

August 23, 2017 • Internet of Things, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories

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Kaspersky Lab launches free IoT device scanner to aid smart home defense. (image source: Intel in Deutschland)

Kaspersky Lab has announced the launch of an internet of Things (IoT) solution for “smart” homes. The Kaspersky IOT scanner scans the home Wi-Fi network and informs owners about the devices connected to it and the level of security. The solution is available for beta testing in Google Play in a limited number of countries, including South Africa.

As the Internet of Things continues to increase in popularity, cybercriminals are eagerly looking for ways to take advantage of this growing trend. Instead of making life easier for their owners, smart devices are increasingly becoming a weak link in their security.

According to analytical data from Gartner, over six billion IoT devices are currently being used worldwide, and many of them have already fallen victim to cybercriminals. For example, last year the world was shaken by the wave of DDoS attacks launched by the Mirai botnet. The Mirai bots used popular vulnerabilities in IoT devices to infect them and turn them into cybercriminal puppets. Kaspersky Lab has developed a solution to help reduce these risks. With the beta version, the company is encouraging IoT users to protect their smart homes, and share their experiences about the performance and usability of Kaspersky IoT Scanner.

Kaspersky IoT Scanner automatically identifies smart devices such as Wi-Fi routers, IP cameras, Smart TVs, Wi-Fi printers, NAS network storage devices, media servers and game consoles, as well as computers, tablets or smartphones, in the home network. The solution “memorises” them and notifies the user when any new or familiar device is connected to or disconnects from, the network. This allows the user to always be aware of who is accessing his or her home network at any moment.

The solution scans devices for known vulnerabilities: for example, if their connection ports are open (that is, anyone from the Internet can connect to them), the solution informs the user about it and advises them to immediately close them. In addition, Kaspersky IoT Scanner notifies the user about any problems with passwords for the Wi-Fi router, Telnet or SSH. This is important in order to prevent unauthorised access to connected IoT devices because of the weak password set-up.

“Kaspersky Lab’s mission is to save the world from cyber threats. And it’s not just words, we are working every day to make the Internet safer for our users. Our “arsenal” contains many free solutions for a variety of tasks and platforms, and Kaspersky IoT Scanner is yet another solution that allows a significant portion of netizens – namely, users of “smart” devices – to stay protected”, says Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab.

To download Kaspersky IoT Scanner, please, click this link.

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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