It’s the last minute for gifting dad but honestly, here’s a gift that you can give him ONLINE and it will improve the cybersecurity of your smartphones, computers, and smart devices along with your home’s internet connection! The average home has 11 WiFi-connected devices that record information ranging from video to audio to use habits. That’s a lot of information and a lot of ways to gain access to your all of your computers, smartphones and smart devices!
Cyber-criminals are always finding new methods and means for hacking sites or tricking internet users into revealing their private information. Secure passwords and two-factor authentication are important, but they are not powerful enough to ensure complete security and privacy. Firewalla, a smart cyber-security firewall appliance, is a tiny device that plugs into any router to enhance the security of home networks, including the plethora of smart home devices connected to them that most households now use. It monitors all devices on the network, blocking unwanted sites and ads, with customizable parental controls, and a personal VPN server for security away from home.
What is FIREWALLA? It’s a more than a safety net, it helps you monitor your cybersecurity across all platforms of your home.
Jerry Chen, CEO of Firewalla has over twenty years of experience in cyber-security, but even his expertise could not keep him from being hacked. When his family’s connected baby monitor was used to hack into his home network, he decided to do something about it and created Firewalla.
“Most homes are filled with internet-connected devices today and each one of these devices creates a security hole that cyber- criminals can exploit and use to get into your network and ultimately steal your private information,” said Chen. “I wanted to create a device that is easy for any consumer to use, not just someone with cyber-security expertise, that provides ultimate oversight into home network activity and unparalleled security.”
Thanks to Firewalla, you can have great cyber-security in your home PLUS you can monitor it from your smart phone!
Firewalla contains technologies used by major corporations to secure data and networks, scaled down to fit into a tiny box measuring 1.2 by 1.8 by 1.8 inches. It enhances the protection of antivirus software and security suites. All devices connected to the network can be viewed on the Firewalla app (link is to Google Play because my phone is Android. This is available for iPhones too!) and every action taken by those devices is monitored in real-time.
Firewalla provides Cyber-Attack Protection, notifying users of evidence of an attack on the network, and active blocking of known dangerous sites. The app home screen shows network activity for the past 24 hours and allows access to Ad Block, Open Ports, DDNS, Family Protect, VPN Server and Monitoring. Settings can be customized to a user’s preference and there is also a Social Hour feature that turns off access to social media networks for one hour to encourage real-life social interaction.
Setting up Firewalla is simple. All users need to do is download the app to a tablet or smartphone and then scan the QR code on the Firewalla box.
Setup can then be completed manually or through an auto-detect feature in the app. Every device on the network will be detected and any that do not belong can be blocked. Once connected, Firewalla will alert users any time a network device starts using gaming, video, porn sites, or encounters a dangerous website.
Parental controls allow parents to block sites for children’s devices. Or, if a child connects to a gaming or video site when he or she is supposed to be doing homework the parent can block that site for an hour or deny the child access until the parent revokes the block. For security reasons or parental reasons, every device connected to the network can be customized to block internet access, games, social networks or video.
The VPN feature of Firewalla allows users to take the security of the device with them anywhere. Once the VPN is set up, users can use their device to log into their home network from any location outside the home. All activity on the device is then encrypted and the user will be able to continue to access notifications about home network activity securely.
There are two versions of the Firewalla device. The red Firewalla ($109) is designed for home use with internet speeds under 100 mbps and less than 30 to 50 connected devices on the network.
The blue Firewalla ($179) is optimized for power and speed, handling internet speeds around 500 mbps, and is made for professional and business users.
This sounds like a great device and would be a real help to keep your network at home or business safe!
Think of this as much more than a gift for Dad! It’s a gift for the entire family to be able to go online and be safe .. and Dad will be happy he got this as a gift!
PS.. Firewalla would be a great idea for college students, people working from home and for many other situations
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