This post is sponsored by Bitdefender Box.
You Probably *Do* Live In A Smart Home
If you ask the average person if they live in a “smart home” they’ll probably say no. “Smart home” invokes sci-fi, The Jetsons, and robot butlers.
But then ask that person to list all of the things connected to their home Wifi, and it’s likely they own things like a smart TV, Amazon Echo (otherwise known as Alexa), Amazon Dash button, baby monitor, smart lightbults, smart thermostat, streaming security cameras, kindles, fitness trackers, connected speakers, and more.
Each of those items contains information that could be useful to a hacker. Your Amazon Dash button is connected to your Amazon account, which has your credit card information. Your smart lightbulbs know the password to your WiFi. Your activity tracker knows where and when you go jogging. Could a hacker use your devices to get to your info? I don’t want to take that chance.Are you protecting all of your smart devices from hackers? #IoT #BitdefenderBox Click To Tweet
And it’s not just information and privacy that are at risk. Some hackers just do it for fun. Off the top of my head, if I were a hacker up to no good I would try to hack into a smart thermostat and blast the AC in winter, turn on smart sprinkler systems for hours and hours, turn on appliances, order a bunch of crap on Amazon, and see what a home’s security cameras are seeing.
We’ve already seen unsecured Internet of Things devices weaponized. Remember that day a few months ago when a bunch of sites like Twitter and Netflix were down? It was an attack on the DNS provider (a site that tells your computer how to get to another site, like a big internet phone book) using smart devices that had been hacked.
So how can we protect ourselves from these kinds of malicious intrusions? Bitdefender has a simple solution: a box that attaches to your WiFi router and protects every single device that’s signed into your WiFi. Instead of having to protect each device, the Bitdefender Box scans everything coming in and going out over your WiFi signal. Computers and cell phones are included in this, so if you’re paying for antivirus software, Bitdefender Box will protect those devices too – you can cancel those subscriptions.
Bitdefender Box even protects your laptops, tablets, and phones when they’re on public WiFi. You can use Bitdefender Box as a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when you need to connect to public WiFi, like in a Starbucks or a subway station. Everything you do online will be routed back through your Bitdefender Box, no matter where you are.
Bitdefender Box costs $129, and the first year of service is included! I met with Dan Berte of Bitdefender at CES last week, and he explained why you need protection for your smart devices:
As Dan said, Bitdefender Box is easy to install with the Box app. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your toaster won’t be used to attack Twitter and hackers won’t be messing with your TiVo. You can get more info—and buy a Bitdefender Box—here.