The best 3 Internet of Things scanners to use


Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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To start with a quick short definition, the Internet of Things is the inter-networking of physical devices embedded with electronics and software, that allows these devices to collect and exchange data. Basically, any device that can connect to the Internet, can be part of the IoT.

Since not all the devices that create the IoT network offer the same security level against cyber threats, the question of how safe the IoT network is rightfully arises.

Fortunately, there are various IoT scanners that you can use to enhance your network’s security. In this article, we’re going to list the best Internet of Things scanners currently available on the market.

Best Internet of Things scanners

Mirai Scanner for IoT (recommended)

Kaspersky recently detectly the first Windows-based Mirai botnet. Keeping your IoT devices secured is now more important than ever, as Mirai is particularly fond of IP cameras, routers and DVRs.

Mirai threats also have a predatory-like behavior. They scans IP addresses, trying to guess the login credentials, and they even replace malware previously installed on devices.

Incapsula’s Mirai Scanner checks your gateway from outside your network in order to detect any access ports vulnerable Mirai attack. The scanner can only scan your public IP address.

The Mirai Scanner is still in its beta version. If you want to give it a try, you can visit Incapsula’s website and hit the scan button.

Bullguard IoT scanner

Bullguard‘s solution checks if your internet-connected devices at home are public on Shodan, the world’s first search engine for Internet-connected devices. If the result is positive, this means that the public, including hackers, can access them.

Knowing if your devices are public on Shodan represents a warning sign, allowing you to take further measures to improve your devices’ security level. Moreover, details about the specific security issues are also provided.

BullGuard’s IoT Scanner scans your security cameras, baby monitors, Smart TVs and any wearables that may be visible to hackers. The tool can also provide you with an email report of the scan results that can help to further diagnose problems. Also, if you want to convince your friends to scan their IoT devices, you can share notification of successful scans with them.

For more information, you can check out Bullguard’s IoT security guide. To run a scan, simply connect to Bullguard IoT scanner’s official website.

Retina IoT Vulnerability Scanner

The Retina IoT Vulnerability Scanner offers you a clear picture of your IoT devices, revealing which ones are using default or weak passwords. Surprisingly, many users don’t even change their devices’ default passwords, which makes them extremely vulnerable to threats.

RIoT is available as a free tool for corporate/business use only. The tool identifies high-risk IoT devices and generate IoT vulnerability reports and remediation guidance. It can perform external scans of up to 256 IPs on an unlimited number user accounts. There is no software or hardware to install.

To get RIoT, you need to fill in a specific form, providing more information about your organization.

Have you used other reliable IoT scanners that you think should be included on this list? Use the comment section below to tell us more about your experience.

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