Hands On: Cujo Smart Firewall

Over the last couple of years our home networks have expanded a lot with the addition of numerous Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

From controlling our lights, temperature, security systems, and so many other things we have more and more devices accessing our home network.

While many of these devices do have some level of security built in there are quite a few which do not. That is where a device like the Cujo Smart Firewall comes in and can be a great addition to your home network’s security profile.

The premise is pretty straight forward.

You connect the Cujo to your home network’s router and/or modem and set it up as the primary DHCP server using the Cujo app on iOS or Android. Then it will manage and hand out those addresses to all of your connected devices and begin monitoring their data activity. As it learns your devices normal data patterns, it will notice if anything is happening out of the norm and alert you via the app that something is out of the norm.

If one of your computers tries to access a known questionable source then the app will also alert you of that activity.

Cujo does not replace the need for anti-virus or malware protection software but it compliments it by adding another level of protection to your home network.

Some of the key main features for Cujo includes:

  • BUSINESS-LEVEL INTERNET SECURITY
  • GUARDS ALL DEVICES
  • PARENTAL CONTROLS
  • CONNECT TO ROUTER, CONTROL WITH APP
  • BLAZING FAST (built with 1GB Ethernet)

The parental controls include:

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

Although I no longer have children at home, my favorite feature of the entire Cujo setup is the ability within the Cujo App to turn devices on and off with one button push. This is handy if one of the devices is causing a security alert or if one of the kids needs to go to bed and no longer should be accessing the Internet.

As our homes begin to fill with a wide variety of connected devices, tools like the Cujo Smart Firewall will really help increase the overall security of your home network.

You can read more about Cujo at the product page at Best Buy.

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.

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