Bitdefender Box Provides Protection for All of Your Devices

Bitdefender Box is a network device used to protect all of your devices within your home that are connected to WiFi. Some feel that this hardware device promises to become the future of security, as an increasing number of items we buy are becoming WiFi enabled. The Bitdefender Box will be priced at $199 and includes one full year of protection. Each year after, the cost is only $99 per year to protect all of your devices, including all computers, mobile phones, and other “Internet of Things” devices within your network.

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About The Product

The unit is a small white box that measures 1.1 inch by 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches. It is very small and lightweight, coming in at just over three ounces. The unit is powered by 64MB DDR2 RAM, 16MB flash memory, and a single core 400MHz MIPS microprocessor. A reset button can be found on the back of the Box, and it contains two 10/100 Ethernet ports, with a chipset that supports 802.11b/g/n. The product is not on the market yet, but is currently available for pre-order.

Preparing for Setup

The Box works best when it is used along with your existing WiFi network, however, it can also be used as a stand alone router. Set up is simple, just connect the Box to your existing router with the provided Ethernet cable. Next plug the USB cable and converter that comes with the box into an ordinary power outlet. Because the Bitdefender Box requires only a very small amount of power in order to work, it could actually even be plugged into a USB port located on your computer or router as well.

Setting Up The Bitdefender Box

Download the associated iOS or Android app in order to perform the Box setup. At this time Windows Phone cannot be used for initial setup, however, will be protected once the Box has been set up. If you do not already have a Bitdefender account, you will be required to set up one for this process. The Box supports many different routers, and setup for the supported list of routers will occur automatically as the app communicates with your WiFi network. If you happen to be using a router not supported by the product, you can still set up by going to the control panel of your router and turning off DHCP. Detailed manual setup options are also included with the product in case you would run into difficulty.

What Happens Next?

After the Box has been activated, it will then protect all of the devices in your network including PC’s, Macs, iOS devices, Android devices, Smart appliances, gaming consoles, thermostats, and Smart TV’s. It works by using a tool that is similar to Bitdefender’s cloud-based malware detection engine that operates very quickly. The protection will even cover those with whom you have shared your WiFi password. If a threat is detected, Bitdefender will block it and then sends a message about the threat through the app. The Box can even do more things on some devices, such as prompt OS updates or installation of patches, and may even allow the user to perform basic computer cleanup. The Box app may also be used for installation of a local agent for on-device protection for Mac, Android, and Windows devices. While Bitdefender Antivirus is known for its award-winning antivirus software, think of this feature as sort of an antivirus-light to watch for USB drive infections or other attacks that can occur offline.

Imagine protecting all of your devices, including printers, various tablets, or even a Smart fridge. While an increasing number of products are beginning to use WiFi, it is more important than ever to have reliable protection. And while right now you might not own a lot of fancy “smart” things in your home, you can now protect your current items and also have a security solution for the Internet of Things as you acquire them. The Bitdefender Box even makes it possible to protect the devices of your guests who are visiting and using your WiFi network. In addition to all of this, you can enable a feature called Private Line on your mobile devices and Box will protect you from hackers, viruses, and privacy threats while using WiFi hotspots. These small network devices may very well become the future of the antivirus instead of the current downloadable software options.

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  1. Amelia Williams