How to Protect and Secure All of Your Internet-Connected Devices at Home
Sponsored by Bitdefender. All opinions are 100% my own.
Did you know that the average American is estimated to have a minimum of 3 smart devices? There is just no denying how connected we are these days. Knowing this it should come at no surprise that 1 in 3 Americans have been or know a victim of a cyber attack, but most adopt the idea that it won’t ever happen to them. I must confess that I myself brush off the chances of personally being attacked. However, someone recently posed a question to me that I simply can’t stop thinking about. “If you lock your door when you leave your house, why wouldn’t you do the same for your digital life?”
I think it’s in our nature to trust technology a little more than we actually should. I’m definitely someone who has taken for granted the power of the internet and all that it holds. At a drop of a hat, we will give out our personal info without really knowing where that information is going or who has access to it. This is especially true at home with all the smart devices connected to our networks.
As someone who lives and breathes the internet for both business and personal purposes, you would think I have my digital life on lockdown from cyber attacks. Unfortunately, however, this is far from the truth. At any given time, my home has an average of 8 devices connected to our WiFi network. This ranges from smartphones, tablets and computers to digital thermostats and smart vacuums. We even have plans to add to the count with smart locks and cameras. I think it goes without saying that it’s scary to imagine the amount of damage that could be done if a hacker got in. While I couldn’t tell you why, as these things are usually on my radar, I just assumed it was something we had to live with. Thankfully, I now know about Bitdefender.
What is Bitdefender?
Bitdefender is the ultimate security solution for all of your Internet-connected devices, whether you’re at home or on the go. Anything connected to your home network can be managed from a single mobile app on your smartphone, allowing you to track your kids’ online activities with advanced parental controls, identify and block exploit vulnerabilities and more.
In 2015, when the original Bitdefender BOX launched, it was a first of its kind. Other competitors followed suit shortly after, but very few earned even an honorable mention. Just two years after making waves, the folks at Bitdefender unveiled their latest and greatest at CES 2017 with the Bitdefender BOX–which is now officially available for purchase.
In case you were wondering if the Bitdefender BOX received a major upgrade from its predecessor, the answer is YES. In terms of specs, the new Bitdefender BOX comes with a 1.2GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9 CPU. Additionally, it also features 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of flash storage. The older version, however, has a single-core 400-MHz MIPS-based CPU, with only 64MB of RAM and 16MB flash storage. As you can see, the new hardware is leaps ahead of version one.
How to Set Up Your New Bitdefender BOX
Even a tech-savvy person can find installing home security technology a bit daunting. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with Bitdefender. If you head on over to their setup page, you will find they have broken up tutorials by your router scenario: using ISP-provided router, using a personal router, or if you’re using Bitdefender BOX as a standalone secure router. Other than that, all you will need is their app and that’s it. Shouldn’t take you more than 15-minutes or so.
Want some more insight on how you can protect your devices on your home network? I recommend you visit Bitdefender.com to learn more. Additionally, if you happen to be attending CES 2018 this year in Vegas, head on over to the Bitdefender’s booth #40349 (Sands, Halls A-D) to see the BOX in action. I will be tweeting updates from CES remotely, so stay tuned!