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The latest iPhone has just been announced and that has gotten me thinking about how much we use the phone and tablets to get on the internet. Gone are the days where we would be tied down to the one desktop computer in our house. Now with Wi-Fi we can use our phones/tablets etc to get around. Unfortunately, what this means is that each of those electronics can be potentially hacked making your personal information vulnerable as well as the little one using those electronics. People tend to forget that most phones, smart TVs and tablet don’t have antivirus or a firewall protecting them. While it is possible to download something for each electronic with how many devices we use around the home making sure that they are all secure can be extremely difficult.
A new device called Cujo has made this all much simpler. Cujo is a firewall device that connects directly to your internet Wi-Fi router, protecting every device that is connected to your Wi-Fi network no matter what it is. Cujo also comes with an app that allows you to see what devices are being protected and what threats have been blocked. I really enjoyed using the app as it gave you a full view of what is going one with your network no matter how far away you are from your home.
Since Cujo runs directly connected to the internet and your router it is constantly monitoring traffic. Most importantly to me since we work a lot from home is that Cujo does not slow down your internet, it is built with 1 GB ethernet meaning you can still do everything you need/or want to do without any significant delays.
Beyond the security I also liked that Cujo also allows for customized parental controls. This means you can create different profiles for each of your family’s devices and restrict access to sites, control the amount of time on the internet and even monitor social media interactions. This has become so important as our boys use computers and devices more and more to do their school work. I want to be able to makes sure that they are safe using their devices without having to be a hovering helicopter parent.
Also included in the Cujo website is the following faq on privacy:
Your CUJO constantly updates cloud with new kinds of threats in real time. CUJO does this by scanning router data packet headers, which only contain metadata and tell us nothing about the actual content. That said, we are only able to see basic info intended to ease troubleshooting. Note that connection between your CUJO device and our cloud is encrypted with AES-256.
Finally is the setup, for most router the setup is seamless but in some cases (like mine) additional information is needed. Fortunately, Cujo had amazing customer service, they worked with me as long as I needed them and did give up even though it seemed like there was one issue after another (my case was unusal because of the router that I was using). Normal set up does not even require any customer service help and when it does it is usually takes minutes. My case was more complex and it too only a half hour which is nothing compared to the many hours I have wasted with the cable company.
Cujo can be purchased for as low as $99 not including a monthly subscription. If you purchase the $250 package you get Cujo and do have to pay for the subscription at all which for me represents the best deal. If you would like to get yourself a Cujo check it out here.