Shodan ( is a different kind of search engine; it helps you to look for devices connected to the internet instead of content in web pages. Like Google, it has operators and a specific syntax to execute advanced and specific searches. This screenshot shows a search for all hostnames related to

A hostname search example using Shodan

To take advantage of Shodan's advanced search features, one needs to first create an account. Free accounts yield a limited number of results, and some options are restricted though still very useful. Shodan can be used to find the following:

  • Servers exposed to the internet belonging ...

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