Don’t you wish you could catch some hackers that are stealing millions of dollars, misusing your personal data, and even blackmailing you? By using a honeypot you can give these hackers a taste of their own medicine. Here’s how.

What is a honeypot?

In a honeypot system, you set up a computer with data and other processes that look like real data systems but are actually a bait to catch the hackers. The data used in this system can be real (but not too sensitive) and it is secluded from the rest of the network. This honeypot system is carefully monitored to check who is and when trying to access it illegally. This way, when hackers try to hack the system, they get caught by leaving traces. 

In a nutshell, a honeypot can reveal,

  • The hacker’s location through its IP address. 
  • The different combinations the hacker has used to break into your system.
  • The different techniques using which the hacker tries to hack your system.
  • Track the whole way till the end to check where the stolen files have landed.

What are the types of Honeypots?

While honeypots come with different configurations, here are some common types of it.

Production Honeypots:

These are preferred by enterprises. These honeypots are set up in the production facility and monitored to identify any malicious activity. However, these honeypots provide less information.

Research Honeypots:

These are used by security and cyber agencies to monitor what new tactics and techniques are used by hackers to hack a system. 

Classification of Honey pots:

Pure Honeypot:

These honeypots are linked with the rest of the network and resemble a fully fledge production system. These can be easily trusted but are very difficult to manage due to the number of resources they need.

High-interaction honeypot:

These honeypots also require a large number of resources dedicated to them. They imitate actual production systems and usually run in multiple numbers. 

Low-interaction honeypot:

These honeypots are designed after the most wanted services. Thus, only the most needed resources are allocated to them.

So, are honeypots really effective?

Like everything else, honeypots have their limitations and vulnerabilities.

  • Honeypot will start collecting data only when there is an attack.
  • Hackers with advanced techniques can identify a honeypot set up by using fingerprints. They can not only avoid it themselves but also warn other hackers in their circle.
  • Honeypots need to be configured precisely, or they might act as a gateway to your inner network.
  • Honeypots can’t identify an attack out of their system.

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