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Keeping Kids Safe Online

Keeping kids safe online is a priority when you’re a parent. Protecting your devices from viruses is important too, CUJO Firewall is a great way to do both!

keeping kids safe onlineAs a parent, we want to protect our children from all threats and dangers.  At home we put anti-virus software on our computers and on their cell phones but is that enough?  The answer is no, most viruses are written and delivered to children thru centric sites and games.  They use these mechanisms because children just click on anything and download with abandon. Keeping kids safe online is of the utmost importance nowadays especially since computers are not only for entertainment, but used for school work as well. Sometimes they’re online more than we’d like….. (The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.)

If you think Anti-virus programs protect you and your children from everything that is out there, they don’t. New threats are going after devices we wouldn’t even think of.  As we get more advanced with our technology at home with smart TV’s, connected thermostats, smart refrigerators, routers, cable boxes, and others, these devices are all computers in their own right. Typically none of these have any protection.  Some of these threats are designed to hit once they obtain access to your network. Then they can easily bypass traditional anti-virus software and gain access to your personal data.

CUJO is a small firewall device you see here that uses advanced software, firmware, and hardware to make sure that all of your devices and networks are protected….it’s kinda’ cute too! 😉

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It’s really easy to set up too! It only took about 20 minutes.  I now have parental controls in place and can monitor my kids’ devices with ease as CUJO has the intelligence to figure out what kind of device and the manufacturer allowing me to control the access of each one.  I can block each or all from specific social media sites or websites, and make sure that they are not visiting anything that I may deem to be inappropriate, etc.  Again, this is done very easily through the app on your phone.

The good thing is that even when you are at work or out and about you are still able to have access and control of the devices in your home.  It will send you updates on any threats that are trying to attack your network and you can stop them.

CUJO does an amazing job of protecting not only the devices that have the traditional anti-virus software, but all of the connected devices in our home that anti-virus programs can’t protect.  To keep it simple, this tiny device takes the META data (META data is the data the describes what and where the data that is being transferred is and where it came from) and samples it to make sure that the information and source is not dangerous.  If it is found to be a threat it blocks that data.  If your refrigerator is sending an inordinate amount of data out it will find out where it is being sent and not only block that data for your device but register it is a threat on their network and block all of their devices from sending data to that source.

Here are the parental controls features:

  • parental controls for all devices
  • Internet filter
  • time limits
  • social media monitoring
  • pause internet
  • alerts and reporting
  • remote administration
  • user profiles and settings

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We have tried other similar devices and they have slowed down our entire network which is unacceptable since I work from home full time on the computer. THIS one though is blazing fast (built with 1GB Ethernet) and I saw no difference after hooking it up…bonus. Tell me you don’t have an extraordinary amount of devices at your house too! We  only have so many hours in the day and it is nice to have something set in place that will protect you day and night and requires no effort on your part other than installing it. Essentially it brings business-level security to the home network. A great tool for keeping kids safe online!

 

 

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