CUJO Smart Firewall: The Technology You Didn’t Know You Needed

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.

CUJO Smart Firewall keeps away predators, online predators that is. When you have kids, and they have devices, they will click on anything and everything that pops up, and this can be bad for your network. This device is truly the technology you never knew you needed. Well at least it was for my family.

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CUJO Smart Firewall: The Technology You Need photo: Jenn Greene

CUJO Smart Firewall Review

CUJO Smart Firewall, is for the connected home, designed to bring business-level security to the home network. This single device will secure all devices connecting to the WiFi router. CUJO detects and blocks malicious sites, viruses, and hacks. Think of it as an antivirus for your entire network. Plus, CUJO lets you control what your kids access online and keep them safe.

Did you know that there is a 75% success rate for hackers getting into home devices, not just your PC? That is alarming, and that is where CUJO keeps you safe.

Easy To Install

The CUJO was easy to install and took less than 15 minutes. You simply plug in the device, and then plug it into your router. To complete set up you will go to the website and follow the step-by-step instructions for setup. You must have the APP installed in order to complete setup, you can download it from the APP Store or Google Play.

CUJO works with the following network setups:

  • WiFi router
  • Modem and router as separate devices
  • Modem and router as one device
  • Wireless extender or access point in addition to your router
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Cujo offers a setup in no time with the device and 2 plugs. photo: Jenn G

Connects EVERY Device

If there is a device in your home connected to the network, CUJO will pick up that device. We have 17 connected devices in our home, from i phones to our home computer and everything in-between. It even picks up the gaming systems and direct t.v. console. If it has internet access, it will be listed on the CUJO app. And that is not a bad thing!

If you don’t want a device connected to CUJO you can simply go to that device in the app and click on device settings, and un-click “internet connected”. I don’t know why anyone would want that, but it is an option.

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CUJO automatically connects to every device on your network. photo credit: Jenn

With the onslaught of cyber attacks and malware, it makes me feel better knowing CUJO is watching behind the scenes. Unfortunately, I can’t watch everything my kids do online, but CUJO will block anything suspicious.

Blocks Bad Sites And Alerts You

Kids (and adults) often times get lost in the abyss that is the internet, and may click on something without really knowing what it is. CUJO creates a guarded gateway between your devices and their connection to the internet. If a threat or suspicious activity is detected, CUJO will tell the cloud what it has blocked so you can receive a notification on your mobile app to confirm it. You may choose to unblock it, after you see what it is and where it came from.

This gives me piece of mind, especially when my 8-year-old is playing Minecraft or watching You-Tube Kids. You just never know what could pop up for them to click on.

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Real time alerts and updates from shady sites. photo Jenn G

Filters Keep The Kids Away From Danger

For each person in the family you can set up a profile, and within that profile you can add the devices they use. Once you have these individual profiles set up you can filter and block any sites you do not want them on. Currently we have blocked from my 8 year old’s ipad, shopping sites, rated R, 18+, and “pay to surf” sites.  She tends not to stray from the same four sites, but you never know.

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Filter out content from specific profiles on CUJO app. photo: Jenn G

Pause the Internet

So I won’t lie, this feature pretty much gives me life. While you cannot set timers just yet with CUJO (they are working on that) you can pause the devices in a profile. Simply put, if you don’t want the kids on the internet you pause it from the devices they use. No more waiting to feed the dog, pause the internet until it’s done. Simple as that.

Sorry girls, Momma just got the upper hand in the war against screen time.

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When the eyes are down the device is working for you.

Protect Yourself With CUJO

We all want to protect ourselves from dangers, so why wouldn’t we want to be wary of internet dangers. A simple virus protection on your PC isn’t going to stop a hacker from getting into your kids i-pad or tablet. They are smart, and sneaky and you never see them coming. CUJO Smart Firewall not only sees the attack but stops it from happening.

This small device takes up little to no space in my office and with a 1Gb ethernet works fast, without slowing down my network. Something that is important to me as I work from home 7 days a week.

Do yourself a favor, head to Best Buy and pick up CUJO Smart Firewall today, for the best internet protection on the market.  

 

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