As we become increasingly reliant on technology that is connected to manage 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 encountered on traditional computers and require an entirely new set of tools and strategies to guard against them.

It’s not a surprise that malware attacks on IoT devices are growing. Every type of device has its own operating system, software, and functionality. The absence of standardized software also poses difficulties when creating security tools that can be used on multiple devices.

In 2016 threat actors created one of the largest botnets ever created by using a simple hack on IoT devices. This weakened a portion of the Internet, and made websites like The New York Times’s website, Brian Krebs’s website, and French web host OVH unreachable for hours. The attackers looked through the Internet to discover default usernames and passwords for IoT devices. They then gathered an army of IoT users to launch DDoS attacks.

IoT and antiviruses play an vital role in defending against these types of threats. This kind of security software must be more vigilant to be able to check how IoT devices communicate with each other as well as with the outside world. It should also adhere to strong password practices, 2-factor authentication, and keep up-to-date patching. In conjunction with other security options such as these, they form an effective defense against IoT threats.

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