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Bitdefender Box Secure & Control Your Connected Devices

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Bitdefender Box Secure & Control Your Connected Devices

Bitdefender is a Romanian cybersecurity and anti-virus software company. It was founded in 2001 by Florin Talpeş who is currently the CEO. Bitdefender develops and sells anti-virus software, internet security software, endpoint security software, and other cybersecurity products and services.

As of 2017, the software has about 500 million users worldwide. As of August 2017, Bitdefender ranks ninth in the global ranking of Windows anti-malware application vendors.

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Bitdefender’s Internet of things device protection solution is called Bitdefender BOX. The box is a router designed to protect smart home products and Internet of Things devices by blocking malicious internet traffic.

Windows-based computers protection options include the Antivirus, Internet Security, Family Pack, and Total Security products. The Antivirus software includes malware protection, monitors the PC for suspicious program behavior, and warns users about potentially dangerous websites. The Internet Security software includes malware protection, better Internet Security in comparison to other products, Webcam Protection and other protections.

Total Security software includes malware protection, Internet Security, Webcam Protection, Parental Control and other protections. Family Pack is more oriented towards families with features such as parental control and device anti-theft. All of these software include Antiphishing and antispam modules and firewall.

Options for Mac protection software are limited to the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac. The Antivirus software includes adware removal, ransomware protection, secure online shopping, malware protection and cloud based protection.

Bitdefender offers a cloud-based security solution with anti-malware and anti-theft capabilities for Android and iOS users that is called Bitdefender Mobile Security.

However, while we are often concerned about the security of our computer and smartphones, enough to install security apps like antivirus or anti-malware, do we ever think about securing these smart devices? No, most of the people don’t think that their internet-enabled microwave or television need to be secured. This is where they go wrong.

IoT devices are making our lives our lives better. Today, you can have baby monitors, coffee makers or even microwave ovens that get connected with your home’s WiFi and then can be controlled remotely. Smartphones, smart laptops, smart watches, smart TVs, smart refrigerators, thermostats, smart switches and other such IoT devices have converted our homes into smart homes. Maybe you don’t even realize that you are living in a smart home where all your devices and gadgets are connected and communicating with each other.

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Every gadget that gets connected to the internet creates a doorway and any malicious hacker can use this gateway to force his way into your smart home, corrupting all other gadgets. So, the smart home can actually make us and our data more vulnerable.

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The bottom line is that your smart home isn’t that smart if not secured properly. Just think about it, a hacker could hack into your WiFi connected security cameras, disable it and break the smart locks from a remote location to help an intruder get in. The hacker might not be interested in the food in your fridge, but by hacking the fridge he can get access to your WiFi router and steal all the personal, financial or professional data you share via that WiFi network. I don’t want to alarm you but I do intend to make you aware of the security threats of a smart home and how to deal with it before its too late.

To secure all your smart devices, get a security solution. Fortunately, Bitdefender has already rolled out a smart solution – the new Bitdefender Box.

What is Bitdefender Box?

Bitdefender Box is a revolutionary, cyber security device to address all your cybersecurity concerns and to make your devices hack-proof. This product is developed by one of the most trusted and advanced security companies – Bitdefender.

This smart device connects to your router and secures all the devices connected on that network. Bitdefender Box keeps the virus definition updated, provides real-time status update and total control of your IoT devices. It can also work as a router if needed. This wireless device is very easy to setup, install and use.

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Bitdefender Box does not slow down your internet connection but works in the background to monitor all the internet traffic and prevents attacks.

Technical Specifications

Bitdefender Box is packed with 1.2 GHz dual-core core processor, 4 GB flash memory and 1 GB RAM. It works with Broadband internet connection, 4G/3G data connection for smartphones, iOS 9 or higher, Android 4.4 or higher. For connectivity, the device has 1 LAN port, 1 WAN port and is based on 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet. The size is 7.0 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches.

How does it work?

Setting up and getting started with Bitdefender Box is pretty easy. You will get a set up and start up manual with the package. There is also 24/7 technical assistance for free.

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Firstly, install the Bitdefender Central app on your iOS or Android phone. Create an account and follow the step-by-step instructions. Bitdefender Box can work with existing ISP supplied router or with your stand alone router or as a WiFi router on its own. Although, it is not a high-end router nor the company is trying to sell it as one. The basic purpose of the device is to provide security to your smart devices.

If you have a standalone router that you bought from the store then simply plug in Bitdefender Box with the ethernet cable that comes with the box. Reboot the device, it will start scanning all the connected devices.

If you have an ISP provided gateway then downgrade its functions to make it work like a modem only and then connect Bitdefender Box. In case, the ISP doesn’t let the user to downgrade the functions, you may have to call the tech support of your ISP for the same.

It is even easier to use the Bitdefender Box as a router and create a network.

Noteworthy Features

Bitdefender Box implements smart algorithms and fast hardware to instantly detect threats and remove them. Let us look into the key features of this device.

Home Network Security

The smart gadgets are connected to your home network through WiFi so, Bitdefender Box connects to the WiFi router and starts securing the home network. It prevents brute force attacks to steal passwords, monitors internet traffic for vulnerability and blocks malware, spyware from entering your network.

The device comes with VPN for added protection. Bitdefender Box protects sensitive data and also provides safe browsing. It is able to detect anomalies in your network and assess vulnerabilities.

Flexible Parental Control

Parents are always worried about their kids’ internet activities. You may put parental control in their devices but the kids are smart enough to get past them. With Bitdefender Box, you get flexible parental controls that you can implement directly at the router. There are different content filtering options for safer web browsing. You can stay up to date with your kids’ online activities and keep an eye on them.

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Performance

Bitdefender Box is an advanced security gadget. It keeps the virus definition updated and can identify a threat within a flash of a second. Speed is very fast and the security reinforcements are effective.

Mobile App

One of the most efficient and my personal favorite feature is the Bitdefender Central mobile app. Install this app on your Android or iOS smartphone and you can get real-time status update of all your connected devices. You can use this app to set up or manage your Bitdefender Box remotely. Scan or clean your devices with one tap. Get a notification everytime Bitdefender Box identifies a threat. You can create profiles for your family members and allocate devices to them. Check their online activities. Pause the internet connection of any of the connected devices.

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The dashboard always displays the current state of all your connected devices. You can apply security rules to each one of them. The app also lets you remove the Box from the network.

Price & Availability

Bitdefender Box costs $199.99. There is an annual subscription of $99 which is waived for the first year. This annual fee includes Bitdefender Total Security for an unlimited number computers, laptops and smartphones. The included VPN has servers in 25 countries and provides 200 MB of data per day for free.

The package comes with – The Bitdefender Box, a power adapter for powering on the unit, an Ethernet cable, a quick start-up guide and a warranty card. It comes with 1-year warranty.

The company offers Free shipping, 30-day free return and you get 24/7 free setup and tech support.

Verdict

The world is full of vulnerabilities and threats. To fully use our smart devices we need to incorporate smarter security solutions. Every day these smart devices get hacked and sensitive data gets stolen that cause huge damage financially and personally. Bitdefender Box is an intelligent security solution to protect our the connected devices. For just $99 per year, you get to protect all your connected devices and stay safe.

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