Shodan is a search engine designed specifically for IoT devices. It scours the invisible parts of the Internet most people will not ever see. Any connected device can show up in a search, including:
- Traffic lights
- Security cameras
- Control systems
While most regular Internet users won’t need Shodan, cybersecurity experts, academic researchers, and government agencies are among the most active users of the search engine.
Delving into Shodan
Not exactly sure what you’re looking for or where to start?
Your first stop when picking up Shodan for the first time should probably be the shared searches directory. Here, users can mark and share certain search queries they find interesting or useful. (Keep in mind that any searches you share become publicly available).