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Antiviruses and IoT – Protecting Against IoT Threats


As we become more dependent on connected devices to run our homes, businesses and daily lives, cybersecurity has risen to the top of many users’ priorities. The threats that IoT devices face are very different from those faced by traditional computers, and require a new set of tools to defend their devices.

It’s not surprising that the number of malware attacks on IoT devices are increasing. Every type of device has its own operating system software, features, and functions. Lack of standard software may make it difficult to develop security tools for multiple devices.

In 2016, threat actors utilized a simple hack on IoT devices to create one of the largest botnet attacks in history and threw off parts of the Internet and rendering websites like The New York Times, Brian Krebs’s website, and French web host OVH inaccessible for hours. The attackers looked through the Internet to find default usernames and passwords for IoT devices. They then gathered an army of IoT users to launch DDoS attacks.

When it comes to securing against these types of threats, antiviruses and IOT have a vital role to play. This kind of security software, however, should be more vigilant to ensure that IoT devices are communicating with each other and the outside world. It must also ensure strong password practices, 2-factor authentication, and current patching. When combined with other security tools such as these, they form an effective defense against IoT threats.

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