How to truly control your smart home


December 07, 2017

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How to truly control your smart home

If you knew the robotic vacuum cleaner you’ve been craving could be used to spy on you (it really could), you would probably think twice about buying one.

Information is power, they say. But there are many kinds of information and many levels of power. To be truly empowering, information needs to be relevant and exact, and you need the tools to understand it and use it to your advantage.

Wouldn’t it be more useful to know which robotic vacuum is safest from hackers? Better yet, wouldn’t you like to know if you can actually do something to eliminate that vulnerability so you can buy the machine you wanted in the first place, and have some well-deserved peace of mind?

See? All information is not equal. And Bitdefender BOX, the little smart home security hub built by Bitdefender, can give you the right kind of information combined with the right kind of action to ensure you stay safe even when you bring vulnerable devices into your household.

If you didn’t know yet, Bitdefender BOX is the first smart device the protects your entire wi-fi network. Bitdefender BOX connects to your router to block viruses, hackers and privacy intruders at the point of entry. It comes with a desktop and mobile app packed full of powerful features, plus it is sold bundled with Bitdefender’s award-winning digital security software that can be installed on your computers, tablets and smartphones for an extra layer of protection.

Device detection & device management

The Bitdefender Central app lets you manage your entire digital home security from your tablet, smartphone or computer. It tells you what devices are connected to your network and alerts you when new devices attempt to log on, keeping you always ahead of the game. It lets you manage all devices so you get full control of how and when they can share your network.

Vulnerability assessment

How does this fix your vacuum’s problem, you ask? For one thing, as Bitdefender BOX protects your entire Wi-Fi, it blocks malicious attempts aimed at any of the devices connected to the network. But that’s not all. Bitdefender BOX comes with something that Bitdefender calls ‘layered security’ which means it doesn’t rely on just one defense system.

One powerful feature is Vulnerability Assessment: Bitdefender BOX permanently looks for vulnerabilities in your network and your smart devices and alerts you when it finds backdoors and other hidden weaknesses that may be exploited by bad guys to break in. It also recommends a course of action to minimize risk. Now, if that’s not powerful information, I don’t know what is.

The bottom line: when you go the way of the smart home, you want to outsmart potential intruders so you are always in control. Bitdefender BOX gives you an intelligent protection system that knows what’s going on and provides you with the information and the tools to stay on top of things. All in an easy-to-use package that puts the power in your hands. Literally*.

* Because you use your phone** to control everything, got it?

** You can also use your tablet or your computer***.

*** You probably didn’t need these notes to understand all of this, but we just wanted to make sure you’re not missing anything.




The meaning of Bitdefender’s mascot, the Dacian Draco, a symbol that depicts a mythical animal with a wolf’s head and a dragon’s body, is “to watch” and to “guard with a sharp eye.”

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