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9.17.2017

Business-class network security for your family and smart home with CUJO Smart Firewall

 
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 your house is anything like mine, you have a lot of devices connected to your home network.  We don't even have a completely smart home, but between our laptops, mobile devices, tablets, gaming system, smart TV, and Google Home (just to name a few), there are a lot of paths into and out of our network.  Not all these devices carry the same level of security protection as you can control on a laptop, for example, which leaves your network, other devices, and family members at a substantial risk of an information security breech.  With our homes and families as connected at home as they are today, your home network demands the same level of protection that we as consumers expect of businesses.  This protection is now available with the CUJO Smart Firewall from Best Buy.
 

CUJO is a smart firewall that protects your home network (and the attached devices) with the same level of security that is standard for businesses.  It connects to your home Wi-Fi router and scans and protects from things like viruses, hacks, and malicious websites.  It also has an integrated app that allows you to manage devices on your network, alerts you to new devices connected and threats, and even allows you to manage parental controls for online access on your children's devices!  For the techies out there, it is good to point out that it includes a 1GB Ethernet for speed!

You can get your own CUJO at Best Buy here with a number of different security subscription options. 

 
While the security protection for the network and all the attached devices alone make CUJO worth it, CUJO's parental controls are a very welcome bonus.  This allows you to manage and filter internet and social media activity on devices and user profiles connected to your network.  It even allows you to remotely manage things like time limits, and even pause the internet!  I can't put into words the peace of mind this provides with my kids being online through their tablets, gaming system, and our smart TV apps throughout the day. 
 

Setting up the CUJO was much easier than I expected.  The box included some quick-start instructions that directed me to download the CUJO app to complete the activation.  The app then walked me through the remaining steps, which included a YouTube video tutorial.  While the instructions seemed a bit technical to hear, the CUJO and the app really took me through it much more simply than it seemed.  Another surprise was that I received an immediate phone call and email offering technical support for set-up right then and there if I needed it.  I didn't actually need it, since the process was quick and easy.



Just like that, within minutes, I already felt more secure.  The CUJO app started pulling in data from my home network (which they say can take hours to fully update on first activation).  It included information on the connected devices and any active threats, and offered me quick tutorials for managing device security and taking action against any threats if/when one is detected. 



With how connected we are these days, especially in our own homes, this kind of information security protection is no longer optional.  Get your CUJO Smart Firewall at Best Buy here

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