By Ryo Koyama
A common misconception is that the deadbolt on your front door protects your home. In reality your zip code has far more impact on how likely you are likely to be broken into. After all your home insurance application asks where you live, but not what brand lock you have. And just like you would look up crime reports if looking to move into a new neighborhood, there are tools out there that make it easy for you to probe a network for exposed machines and open ports. They basically function like the famous Staples “Easy Button” for identifying the attack surface of any network.
One of these tools is called Shodan, which describes itself as “The Search Engine for the Internet of Things.” In addition to scanning networks and revealing all the exposed devices and ports on that network, Shodan even goes as far as supplying default usernames and passwords for common products, to further highlight vulnerabilities.
As more and more companies develop IoT ecosystems, it becomes increasingly important to use tools like Shodan to ensure devices will not be exposed nor vulnerable.
One way to ensure your devices are not susceptible from vulnerabilities exposed by tools like Shodan is to use remote.it. With remote.it enabled, your devices will be able to communicate with each other on its own secure, private device network that is undetectable to tools such as Shodan. Furthermore, the fundamental structure of remote.it keeps devices invisible so that misconfiguration is never a security issue.