IMPORTANT UPDATE: It was recently discovered that the CUJO Smart Firewall had multiple vulnerabilities and is not as secure as we expected it to be. Therefore, we can no longer recommend this product. You can read more about the CUJO security issues here. Best Buy offers several other home firewall options to help protect your home internet.
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.
The internet has changed a lot since I was a kid. Yes, I still remember the sound of the modem phone ringing and the little electronic pings signaling you were about to be connected to the world wide web! Now, everything from our laptops to our refrigerators can connect to the internet in the blink of an eye. In addition to new levels of connectivity, the changing technology has also brought new types of threat that kids of yesteryear didn’t have to worry about. Viruses, stolen identities, and malicious websites threaten internet users both young and old. Fortunately, products like the CUJO Smart Firewall make protecting your home internet quick and easy.
A lot of people might not think they use “computers” enough to need a firewall. But if you use a router to connect to the internet in ANY way, even if it’s just to play Candy Crush, you could use firewall protection. CUJO is a simple smart firewall that quickly and easily connects to your router to protect, not only your computers but all devices connected to that WiFi router. That means your iPads, smartphones, smart TVs and other internet-ready devices are all be protected with the CUJO Smart Firewall. Simply plug the CUJO into your router to get started – CUJO provides an ethernet cable to connect to your router. After connecting the CUJO to your router, you control it with an app using a smartphone that’s connected to the same WiFi network you want to protect.
The CUJO app identifies all the devices connected to the network automatically. (You can also manually identify the devices to help you remember each device.) With a 1GB built-in Ethernet, we saw zero effect in our internet connectivity speeds – even while playing video games or streaming movies. Using the app you can control whether specific devices can connect to the internet and control the CUJO protection settings.
The CUJO Smart Firewall app also allows you to set parental controls for all devices connected to the WiFI network. Using the CUJO app, you can create user profiles for every member of the house that controls the internet for each device on a surprising level. Websites can be allowed or blocked based on the type of site it is, such as gaming, shopping or religious websites. Parents can also pause the internet for a specific device using the app. (Great if someone is refusing to get off the iPad!) The internet activity for each user and device is also available for you to review. This is a great feature for parents who want to monitor your kid’s online activity to help keep them safe.
As a blogger and small business owner, it’s even more critical to have this business-level security to protect our internet. The CUJO device is small, compact, and the LED “eyes” are a fun way to show the status of the CUJO. The CUJO app allows you to easily see all the devices connected to your network and lets you shut down any unauthorized devices.
There are a lot of online threats these days. Even if you’re vigilant with internet security and antivirus software, it’s always good to have another layer of protection. I love that the CUJO detects, and blocks malicious sites, viruses and hacks before they even get to my computer. The CUJO Smart Firewall is now available at Best Buy for $249.