Yes, it’s a smart home. And it needs special protection

Everybody is touting 2017 as a big year for the Internet of Things, yet research shows many people don’t even realize they are already living in a smart home. And, with many smart devices lacking essential security features, which makes them vulnerable to hackers, it’s important to know why and how to protect your home in the IoT age.

That’s why Bitdefender, makers of BOX, the unique device that provides all-around protection for the entire smart home, has teamed up with the animation powerhouse Kurzgesagt to produce a video explainer about IoT security.

It’s a simple message: if you’ve got connected devices around your household, you live in a smart home, and that home is getting smarter with every new shinny gadget or appliance you’re buying. And because things that connect to the internet can also be hacked — some being more vulnerable than others — there are a few things you should do to keep danger at bay.

Don’t have a smart fridge that can order your groceries for you yet? How about smart lightbulbs that you can control from your phone? Didn’t you get an Amazon Echo or a Google Home intelligent speaker this holiday season? Internet connected video cameras? The Internet of Things is about all these devices and many, many more — and yes, your smartphone, tablet and laptop count too. We connect to our things and they connect to each other.

Although it may appear that this way we have more control over our lives, we are actually relinquishing control so we can live more comfortably (remember, a fridge ordering your groceries for you, right?). That’s not necessarily a bad thing — after all, all good managers delegate responsibilities, aren’t they? But if we are not careful, someone could take control of our devices, and use them to adversely impact our lives.

We can prevent this by always paying attention to security when it comes to smart devices. Change the default passwords (and come up with something other than your pet’s name), make sure they get all the software updates, keep an eye out for devices acting up (sluggishness could be a bad sign, for example). And, best of all, get a device that can protect your entire wi-fi network (hint: it’s called BOX).

Please watch the film  and let us know what you think.

11 comments

  • By Fred I'Anson - Reply

    OKay, I’m interested but you need to tell me more about BOX, what it is (hardware, software, firmware et cetera) and how it functions and where it sits on my LAN.

    • By Bogdan Botezatu - Reply

      Hello, Fred and thanks for your interest in our BOX. You can find all these details on the product’s page. Please do let us know if you need any additional details!

  • By Graham Thornton - Reply

    Nice simple but informative video. I think the Box is a great idea but for us in the UK you don’t sell it. If you did I would have bought it already.

  • By Stephen Gartrell - Reply

    Great film! But…

    You might explain how even those supposedly “dumb” devices such as a smart refrigerator have at least the computational power of early PCs – and thus can make quite capable “undercover agents” working for someone/some entity other than the home or business owner.

    I’d also include the fact that the device owner’s potential adversaries include crackers acting alone, networks of crackers seeking financial gain, and even state-sponsored crackers seeking trade and other secrets.

    Be nice if you explained hacker vs. cracker (i.e. the difference between), too…but that is a personal irritant.

  • By Matt - Reply

    When will this support gigabit network speeds?

    • By Bogdan Botezatu - Reply

      The next version of Bitdefender BOX which is due sometime in the second quarter of 2017 will bring Gigabit speeds for wired connections and AC1300 Mbps throughput on 2.4 and 5 GHz wireless.

      • By Aaron - Reply

        Great, can’t wait to try out the next Bitdefender Box. I had to return the original since I found out it only supported a 100mbps WAN when we have 300mbps.

  • By Raymond Howard - Reply

    I now have Bitdefender but how do I get the BOX?

  • By Troy Kennedy - Reply

    Only 100mbps, would kill my GB connection. Wish I could, but you need faster hardware to support modern home connectivity.

    • By Bogdan Botezatu - Reply

      Greetings, Troy!

      The new BOX features 1 Gbps wired networking and AC-MIMO wireless.

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