Connected Home

It’s 2019, and your home is where you retreat to for all your comfort needs.

I personally love my smart TV. I love my smart security cameras, my smart lock, smart thermostat, smart garage door opener, smart lights, and my smart voice assistant.  Now that I live in a smart home, I really could never go back! The world of IoT (internet of things) and the plethora of smart home devices that have been introduced to the market have added so much convenience to our lives.

However, believe it or not, there is a criminal element out there, constantly searching for ways to target vulnerable smart home devices, leading to unauthorized access, data theft, and malicious attacks.

There have been a number of stories in the media that focus on why this sort of technology should be feared, and why IoT devices, like smart TVs and connected security cameras, should even be avoided.

In a recent article, one outlet published a now-deleted tweet by a popular smart TV manufacturer, which advises their customers to scan their TV for viruses every few weeks. The article then makes the suggestion that you may not want to buy a smart TV in the first place.

It’s true that there are many stories of hackers who have virtually broken into unsuspecting homes, like this case where a hacker used one family’s Nest security camera to view and talk to their infant. Or this case, in which one hacker, YouTube mega star PewDiePie, hacked into more than 5500 smart TV’s and Google Home devices, just to expose their risk (and ask those hacked to subscribe to his YouTube channel!)

In these scenarios it is clear that, although many people have some sort of firewall or anti-virus software installed on their computers, laptops, and mobile phones, most people don’t have their entire smart home secured.

But don’t fret, there is a solution that provides advanced security for every device on your network.

NETGEAR Armor™powered by Bitdefender, is an advanced cyber-threat solution for your home, including all of your WiFi connected smart devices. So, no more crossing your fingers and hoping a hacker won’t gain access to your home through your connected printer, smart TV, or thermostat.

Not only does NETGEAR Armor provide you with strong antivirus and ransomware protection, helping to keep you and all of your family members safe from phishing and online fraud, whether you use Windows, macOS, Android, or iOS, but it also scans and identifies network security flaws, including those on your smart home devices.

How does Armor work?

Armor regularly scans all of these internet connected devices and checks for vulnerabilities like open ports, how strong your passwords are, whether you are on the latest firmware version of that device, and other potential security weaknesses. It uses the Cloud to do this scanning quickly and with minimal impact on your network.

As soon as a malicious threat is either detected or blocked, Armor will instantly notify you, allowing you to act in real time and address the vulnerability if needed.

At NETGEAR, networking is our game, and security is our top priority, and we can help you secure your network at the router level, including all of the smart devices running on your network, so that you don’t have to get rid of your smart TV, or (shudder) turn your lights on and off manually, any longer.


Taranom Kazempour
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