The Smart home is becoming more popular than ever, and with that comes some very serious security concerns, as IoT (Internet of Things) devices that power the smart home are more acceptable to cyber attacks. Thankfully, the makers of the well-known Norton AntiVirus software called Symantec just unveiled the Norton Core, which is a WiFi router that has machine learning and Symantec technology to defend the smart home in case of the potential security attack.
While AntiVirus software protects your PCs, what good does that do to protect smart home devices like your Next Thermostat or Hue Lights from a possible attack? That’s what Symantec is trying to fix here with the Norton Core, and its trying to do so in an attractive geometric dome design that should be left out in the open, which would reduce the amount of WiFi dead spots.
There is a ton of encryption, secure DNS, and automatic security updates on board, so the Norton Core is always there to protect and make sure that your web traffic is safe and secure. If something suspicious pops up, the router will alert you. It even practices “proactive prevention” by quarantining compromised devices to make sure that the bad information doesn’t spread to other areas.
Like with most routers on the market today, you’ll be able to control the Norton Core via an app, which will show you what threats are blocked and what devices are currently connected to the network. It’ll also give you up-to-date status updates, so you can always make sure nothing suspicious is going on. There is even a “Security Score” option, which works like a Credit score but focused on the network’s overall security.
There is also enhanced parental controls on board, which lets you limit the network use of your child’s device(s). An internet timer is included, so you can set the times that your child can and cannot access the internet.
The Core has Wave 2 WiFi support, and it is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, with an estimated range coverage of 3,000 to 5,000 square feet. There is even priority speed support, so you can make sure that the Xbox receives faster internet than say your laptop. Also included is a simultaneous 2.4GHHz and 5GHz transmission bands, with a max throughput of 2.5Gbps.
Symantec’s Norton Core is up for pre-order for $200, even though the regular price will be $280, and it comes with a one-year subscription to Norton Core Security Plus. You can add up to 20 devices, and an unlimited number of connected-home gadgets. Color options for the Core include Titanium Gold or Granite Gray. It’ll ship sometime this summer.
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