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Security is a concern for most of us. We lock our door, walk our home perimeter, but how can we have security with our smart home devices. The fear of hacking is on our minds when it comes to our smart lights or front door’s smart lock.
Many smart home devices often don’t have devices built-in security protocols, making them easily accessed by the savvy hacker, allowing them entry to our personal information.
Fortunately, there is Dojo by BullGuard. This two-device system monitors all your connected equipment for cyber attacks. One part connects to your router; the other, which reminds me of a pet rock, sits out in the open and flashes different colors based on what is happening on your network.
You can place the “pet rock” anywhere within your home and be in the know of your home security without being bogged down by details that aren’t user-friendly.
Orange=Something is happening, but the system has it under control
Red=You need to intervene
The display unit is battery powered and connects via Bluetooth.
Let’s get back to the color red. On Dojo, it doesn’t necessarily mean something has gone awry. We noticed it went red if my husband tried to log into our Canary to check in on the dogs.
Dojo is smart and knows the difference between “device behavior” and “human behavior.” The Dojo will send the alert, and you decide whether to block the camera or if you want to allow access only once or all the time.
Any connected device in your household, whether it’s your refrigerator, washing machine, baby monitor, home security system, lights or smart locks, Dojo secures them from unwanted visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It does this by taking over the function of assigning IP addresses to any connected device within your home, even your streaming media device. By owning this process, Dojo can monitor any internal or external attack and use their unique crowdsourced security platform to keep your devices safe continuously.
The network monitoring gizmo will even warn you if you’re about to browse to a malicious URL on your laptop or smartphone when using it on your home network as it parses for known problem URLs at the DNS request level as part of its security duties.
According to Cisco, there is a global cybersecurity skills shortage of one million people, and for those in the industry, salaries are high, and it is becoming a job for life.
Dojo by BullGuard has a 12-month warranty (which can be extended) and retails for $199 with 12 months of free service. After 12 months, there’s a monthly charge of $9.99 or a flat $99 for the year if paid in advance.
If you’re looking for peace of mind when it comes to the security of your home’s connected devices Dojo is a watchdog worth looking in to.