We all know the importance of keeping you and your family safe online, but sometimes it helps to have a little reminder. That’s why every October government officials and industry leaders team up for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to raise awareness and offer resources to help everyone be “safer and more secure online.”
While it’s good to follow best practices to ensure you and your devices are safe online, it also doesn’t hurt to rely on technology to help you out. So, in celebration of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are three smart home devices to help bolster your digital home security.
NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart Wi-Fi router R7000
Your first line of defense when it comes to cybersecurity is a secure wireless router. One of the best when it comes to keeping your internet connection secure is the NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart Wi-Fi router R7000.
Not only is it at the top when it comes to security, but it’s excellent for establishing a great connection throughout your whole home — we named it one of the best long-range Wi-Fi routers for 2019!
The NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart Wi-Fi router uses 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi bands so you can game, stream and connect multiple devices without worry. But what’s more impressive is the extra layer of security and features built-in to protect against malware, stolen passwords and potential hackers. Features such as NETGEAR Nighthawk App, ReadyCLOUD® and OpenVPN mean you’ll have a secure connection you can monitor from anywhere.
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Dubbed the “brain of your smart home,” the Samsung SmartThings Hub helps to connect and automate all of your smart home devices so they work together and can be controlled from a single app. This not only consolidates all of your smart home technology but can supply peace of mind since you can monitor your home and all of your internet-connected smart home devices in one place.
With the SmartThings Hub, you can use one app to automate your lights, control the temperature, monitor your home and surroundings and more. The device also lets you set routines for different times of the day, such as Good Morning or Good Night.
SmartThings Hub connects with a variety of smart home devices, including Google Home and Amazon Echo, as well as lighting and switches, outlets, sensors, cameras, doorbells, door locks, thermostats, speakers, TVs, garage door openers and more.
Interested in the SmartThings Hub? Purchase on Amazon!
Circle with Disney
One of the biggest cybersecurity concerns for most families is how to keep your kids safe online. Luckily for parents, technology is here to help. The Circle with Disney device and app lets parents connect and monitor all of their kids’ devices in one place.
With the device and app, parents can filter content, set time limits, pause an active internet session, turn off the internet at bedtime and monitor their child’s internet usage. And those limits are effective just on their devices, allowing you to browse as normal.
Circle with Disney is compatible with iOS and Android devices and works over your home Wi-Fi network to manage both wireless and wired devices. Not only does the app let you set parental controls, but you can also reward good online behavior by giving a little extra time one day or setting a slightly later bedtime.
Interested in Circle with Disney? Purchase on Amazon!
These devices can help keep you and your family safe and secure online not only during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month but all year long.
For more ways to say safe online, check out the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ Campaign and keep up with our experts on the resource center.
Previously published 11/18/17. Last updated 09/06/19.