Free Bitdefender Tool to Pinpoint Weaknesses in Your Smart Home

May 2017


Compromised smart device could lead thieves to your banking information, private photos and e-mails

Bitdefender, the innovative security solutions provider, has released a free tool that will scan your entire home network to pinpoint weaknesses that could let thieves take your private info and photos and allow hackers and snoops to take control of your Internet-connected devices.

Once installed on your PC, Bitdefender Home Scanner scans your home Wi-Fi network to identify the devices you have connected to your local network. Then it identifies risks on any connected device, like weak usernames and passwords, unsafe communication and different vulnerabilities in the device’s firmware and delivers a thorough report. This includes tips on how to address and secure the network, based on the vulnerability identified.

The tool, available worldwide on bitdefender.com starting May 23, leverages the advanced technology of online security pioneer Bitdefender and advances the company’s philosophy of protecting every laptop, desktop, mobile device, smart appliance and every single other device in a home network. 

Bitdefender Home Scanner’s effectiveness is enhanced by Bitdefender’s experience engineering the Bitdefender BOX, the first-of-its-kind piece of hardware that protects everything connected to your network. 

A successful hack into even the least significant of your devices could lead to a network takeover that could give thieves your banking information, private photos and e-mails, allow them to control your home security setup, let them eavesdrop via your smart TV and other audio-equipped devices, and know when you are at home or away on holiday.
    
“A home network is only as strong as its weakest point,” said Ciprian Istrate, Vice President Consumer Solutions at Bitdefender. “Bitdefender’s mission is to bring your entire home network defense strategy up to the highest levels of security in the industry. Bitdefender Home Scanner is the first, and most essential, step in a modern security plan: know your weaknesses.”

Bitdefender, trusted by over 500 million users and some of the world’s leading companies, has consistently ranked top in recent years in independent testing and reviews. In February 2017, Bitdefender won the Best Performance 2016 Award for corporate users from the prestigious independent analysis firm AV-TEST, and the “Outstanding Product” award from AV-Comparatives after taking joint highest score overall in a year of rigorous testing.