Bitdefender BOX 2 – Secure your home’s network with this IoT Device
When it comes to personal and home networking, we take things a bit more lightly than we originally should and this results in a lot of potential issues with security. This case stands true especially when we are moving towards smart homes that are powered by smart AI assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
Almost every home nowadays has their own WiFi network and relying on mobile data, when you’re home might result in bad network connections or straight out high mobile bills. When it comes to the routers that we use in our houses, they are mostly very basic devices that are meant to transmit data wirelessly. But what about the security functions on these devices?
This is where the Bitdefender BOX 2 comes in. The Box 2 works in the background and monitors all internet traffic that is being used. It will also check and inspect every bit of data that either comes in or goes out for malicious viruses and prevents you from things like identity fraud, stolen sensitive information and more. It also goes a mile ahead and blocks brute-force attacks on your network that are designed to steal your data.
How does Bitdefender Box 2 Work?
The Bitdefender BOX 2 works with your already existing WiFi router or you can choose to use this as your main router for your network. It becomes an interface between you and the internet and the whole responsibility that it has to carry out security functions to keep you safe while you’re online.
It becomes a central security gateway for all your devices connected to the WiFi and the benefit to that is that you don’t need to install security software on these devices which mostly tends to make them a lot slower in terms of performance.
How much does the BOX 2 Cost?
Currently, BOX 2 comes at a price of $149.99 and you get the first year subscription for free. The subsequent year subscription will cost $99 from the second year for an unlimited number of devices that are connected to your network. With that, Bitdefender also adds tech support subscription for free which saves you a lot of money.
Bitdefender has also made sure that the BOX 2 works with Google Assistant on Google Home and Amazon Alexa so that you can bind it with your smart home assistant for your ease. With the rise in hardware-based security solutions, BOX 2 directly competes for the market with Norton’s Core and other players like BullGuard Dojo and Cujo.
You also get a subscription to Bitdefender Total Security security software which you can use with VPN for an extra layer of protection but that will cost you an extra $7 per month of a total of $40 per year.
Bitdefender BOX 2 Specs
The Bitdefender BOX 2 comes with some very powerful specifications. It has a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor at 1.2 GHz, 1GB RAM and 4GB storage for the software that runs on the BOX 2. The chipset being used here is a MediaTek MT7615 which has a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 2 standard for WiFi and 3×3 MU-MIMO transfers. It can have a bandwidth of up to 1900Mbps in total with 600Mbps for the 2.4GHz band and 1300Mbps for the 5GHz band.
Security Features and Parental Controls
Double-Clad Home Network Security
Let’s come to the main point and talk about the security and parental control features that Bitdefender BOX 2 comes with. The first thing that you need to know is the Double-Clad Home Network Security that BOX 2 provides. No matter which device you use, be it a Windows computer, or a Mac or an iPhone or an Android, the Bitdefender BOX 2 will automatically detect all the devices connected to your home’s WiFi network and identify all the other smart devices as well.
Identifying these devices is only the first step because the BOX 2 will check the incoming and outgoing internet traffic through these devices and it will make sure that there is no malicious activity. It will also check and notify you of anyone who is trying to connect with your network. Another great thing about the BOX 2 security is the outgoing traffic feature which will check if any of the connected devices you have are connecting to a service that is unrelated to them and it will notify you for this so you can take appropriate actions.
Having kids in an impressionable age and letting them free on the internet might prove to be dangerous. We all know that the interwebz aren’t the safest place for a kid to be and they might stumble upon something that might be inappropriate for their age. For this, Bitdefender BOX 2 gives you full parental controls so you have the main deciding power to allow what kids can do on the internet.
Basic features like blocking websites are obviously available but BOX 2 allows you to create user profiles specifically for kids where you can add a lot of rules and exceptions to tailor how you want your kids to access the internet.
Other Bitdefender BOX 2 Features:
Full control over your network
- Device detection
- Devices management
- Intelligent profiles
- Instant notifications
Keep your sensitive data safe
- Anti-Malware protection
- Phishing & Fraud prevention
- Sensitive data protection
- Safe Browsing
Make sure your network is safe
- Vulnerability Assessment
- Exploit Prevention
- Brute Force Protection
- Anomaly Detection
Your privacy is your own, keep it that way
- Content filtering
- Advanced Parental Controls
- Network Intrusion Prevention
Bitdefender Home Scanner
This is a great and super fast WiFi scanner that comes integrated on the Bitdefender BOX 2 which scans your network for devices that are connected. It will check for all the devices including small things like smart assistants, smart TVs and more. This makes sure that all your data and passwords along with other sensitive information are safe.
With the Bitdefender free IoT Scanner, you will be able to make sure that anyone who is not authorized to be in your network i.e. hackers and privacy intruders is kept away from your network so that you won’t be a victim of things like identity fraud and more.
Wrapping it up
The Bitdefender BOX 2 is a great hardware-based solution that meets all the top-rated network standards. The additional ability for the box to be able to keep you safe even when you’re in your home or either out of your home for all your devices is great. The fact that it works well with all the devices that you might have makes it an even sweeter thing to own. This new category in hardware-based consumer security space is definitely going to be a big thing and since Bitdefender is the first one in this space, we can all agree that the company will stay ahead of the competition with unbeatable features for the BOX 2.