BullGuard, an internet security vendor, today announced what it called a “world first” with the launch of BullGuard IoT Scanner – a free tool for consumers that reveals connected devices that could be vulnerable to hackers.

BullGuard IoT Scanner allows anyone to quickly scan to see if their smart devices or network are accessible to hackers. If a user’s smart device is flagged as being vulnerable, details about the specific security issues are provided, said the company.

The IoT Scanner uses data from Shodan.io, the first search engine for internet connected devices, to scan for vulnerable smart devices and presents results in a straightforward way that anyone can understand.

This includes security cameras, baby monitors, Smart TVs and wearables that may be visible to hackers. If accessible devices are found, they are flagged along with details of potential vulnerabilities. An email report of scan results can help to diagnose problems further, and users can share notification of successful scans with friends and family to encourage them to protect their own smart devices.

BullGuard has also created a free, downloadable IoT guide for consumers, which contains further information on Internet of Things security along with help and advice on how to ensure connected devices are not visible to hackers.

“The Internet of Things has moved rapidly from an early adopter market into the mainstream, but in doing so has introduced a range of new security concerns for consumers,” said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard. “We’ve made an important first step towards addressing these issues with IoT Scanner, a tool that allows anyone to check if smart devices in their home are secure,” he added.