As we are becoming more dependent on connected devices to run our homes, businesses and personal lives security has been pushed to the top of many peoples’ priorities. But the type of threat that IoT devices are facing differs from those found on traditional computers, and require an entirely new set of tools and strategies to protect against them.

It’s not surprising that malware attacks on IoT devices are on the rise. Every type of device has its own operating system, software, and functionality. The lack of standardized software can create challenges when trying to create security tools that are compatible with multiple devices.

In 2016, threat actors created one of the largest botnets ever created by executing a hack on IoT devices. This caused a tsunami of the Internet and rendered websites such as The New York Times’s website, Brian Krebs’s site and French web host OVH unavailable for hours. The attackers simply searched the Internet for default usernames and passwords for IoT devices, then assembled an army of them to launch the DDoS attack.

IoT and antiviruses play an crucial role in protecting against these types of threats. This type of security software should be more vigilant in order to monitor how IoT devices are communicating with each other and with the outside world. It must also ensure secure password practices, two-factor authentication, and keep up-to-date patching. Together with other security solutions they provide an effective defense against IoT threats.

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