Mirai malware in October 2016 changed the landscape dramatically, proving that smart devices can be enslaved into a botnet to distribute spam and malware or to stole private data for blackmailing.
In real life, most people close the curtains or lock the door when they realize they are exposed. But with many connected smart homes, users don’t even realize that the spying neighbor next door lives now in their house. They might not know which of their household appliances – from light bulbs to washing machine – are tracking the online and offline behavior. Even worse, they have no way to slam the door on these intruders, apart from unplugging the device.
Avira SafeThings™ is a security platform, fusing several functions together as it secures the smart home, via four basic actions:
Watches – A software agent tags each device in the smart home and collects basic information about messages going in and out through the gateway. This info is like the sending and return address on a letter, Avira SafeThings™ is not getting into the private content.
Thinks – SafeThings™ uses AI – such as machine & swarm intelligence – techniques to dynamically classify each device, determine normal behavior, and develop the advanced logic needed set the rules for connected devices. It also learns and adapts to develop more accurate detection, by itself.
Acts – When SafeThings™ AI detects unusual device activity, it has the agent enforce the rules. This shuts down the suspect activity without disturbing the device’s usual functions.
Shares – The SafeThings™ user interface shows in a friendly manner what’s going on in the network. You get to know more about the data the smart devices are collecting and broadcasting, without requiring you to step into the process.
Avira is bucking the industry trend of selling an additional box for Internet of Things security. As a software solution, Avira SafeThings™ is available only through internet service providers and through router manufacturers. Are you interested as a consumer? To get Avira SafeThings™ covering the home network and router activity, you should talk to your local service provider or look for the Avira label on your next router. For more details, please visit: https://safethings.avira.com