There are many advantages to honeypots. The main one is the ease with which they are employed. Another advantage is that although honeypots seek small amounts of hacker information, the information is considered highly valuable for studying and uncovering hackers’ motivations.
There are three different kinds of honeypots. They are classified based on their deployment method:
- Production Honeypot: Used by companies and corporations for the purpose of researching the motives of hackers as well as diverting and mitigating the risk of attacks on the overall network.
- Research Honeypot: Used by nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for the sole purpose of researching the motives and tactics of the hacker community for targeting different networks.
- Home users – Firedot is ideal for everyday home network
Deploy one Firedot and you’ll soon find out who’s attacking you — and devise a strong defense to fight back.
Honeypots are designed to mimic systems that an intruder would like to break into but limit the intruder from having access to an entire network. If a honeypot is successful, the intruder will have no idea that s/he is being tricked and monitored. Most honeypots are installed inside firewalls so that they can better be controlled, though it is possible to install them
outside of firewalls. A firewall in a honeypot
works in the opposite way that a normal firewall works: instead of restricting what comes into a system from the Internet, the honeypot firewall allows all traffic to come in from the Internet and restricts what the system sends back out. By luring a hacker into a system, a honeypot serves several purposes: The administrator can watch the hacker exploit the vulnerabilities of the system
, thereby learning where the system has weaknesses that need to be redesigned.
The hacker can be caught and stopped while trying to obtain root access to the system. By studying the activities of hackers, designers can better create more secure systems
that are potentially invulnerable to future hackers.