Bitdefender Box 2 Review

Is the Bitdefender Box the new way to protect your connected devices?

It wasn’t that long ago that the average home user had nothing more to worry about when going online than a simple antivirus package to protect them from a virus. As technology has moved on in leaps and bounds, so have the number of different threats. Add to that the growing number of Internet of Things (IoT) in the home, which includes home appliances there will be many more threats to watch out for.

You need to protect yourself - These days it is not unusual for connected devices in the home to be hacked. From computers to laptops, webcams to baby monitors, they are all under attack.

Now homes and businesses have to protect themselves from malware, spyware and ransomware threats, as well as protecting privacy and personal information.

Bitdefender Box

This is where the Bitdefender Box comes in. It’s a new way to secure your connected home. Simple, easy to use protection for all your devices. The average home could have around 10 connected devices including smart TVs, smart phones, smart speaker, tablets, laptops, smart thermostats and home appliances, like fridges and washing machines.

1 in 3 Americans have been or know a victim of a cybercrime.

"It is always important to make backups of your digital life. Photos, documents and work files". Many people do not realise that a hacker can gain access to your data by using any of these connected devices as a gateway, to attack and use other devices to do the same. Once a connected device is infected, it can then be used to attack websites.

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The Bitdefender Box uses a centralised approach to security that lets you protect all your devices with a single security solution. Like antivirus software, it does require a subscription (price for box includes first year subscription) but it does include the excellent Bitdefender Total Security Suite. The unit is managed by a single App, which can be either Android or iOS.

Bitdefender Box is powered by a dual-core Cortex A9 CPU, with 1Gb DDR3 RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Wi-Fi is covered by 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz MU-MIMO 3x3 antenna configuration 802.11a/b/g/n/ac AC1900 setup, so it covers the latest Wi-Fi technology.

Double Strength Security

The Bitdefender Box stops common network-based attacks, making sure that everything that is connected is protected from malware, stolen passwords, identity theft and hacker attacks for all your internet-connected devices — even those without an operating system. It provides network and local protection for your Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices, at home and on the go, and it also includes a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Forward Thinking Parental Controls

Bitdefender Box includes parental controls to help with bullying and online predators. It signals suspicious interactions involving your child on social networks. Safeguarding their internet browsing and you can manage their screen time. Get notified about verbal attacks, aggressive language, inappropriate requests for photos, meetings outside the house or/and private information (passwords, card numbers), in your children's online conversations.

This is what Bitdefender lists:

Digital protection against cyberbullying and online predators

Get notified about verbal attacks, aggressive language, inappropriate requests for photos, meetings outside the house or/and private information (passwords, card numbers), in your children's online conversations.

Block out potentially harmful online content and persons

Keep away from your kids suspicious incoming or outgoing calls and SMS, and manage the apps you consider inappropriate for them.

Always know where your children are

Track their location so you always know where they are. Take a laid-back approach and get notified when they enter an area you mark as Restricted.

Safe Check-in

Save your kids the dread of an extra phone call - let them tell you they're OK with Safe Check-in.

Limit time spent on device

You get to decide how much time your child spends online and limit the hours when the devices won’t be accessible.

Conclusion

Bitdefender Box can be quite a bit tricky to set up completely. But it does an excellent job of protecting you from a host of security threats. With most of us not realising how many devices are connected to our network this is one way of making things faster and simpler to protect without the stress.

Buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

Manufacturer: Bitdefender

Website: www.bitdefender.com

Operating System Covered: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10

Price: varies

 

Editor's rating

8Overall8Design7Features8Styles8Ease of use7Price

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