McAfee Secure Home Platform skill for Amazon Alexa allows users to manage home network security using voice

McAfee launched on Monday its McAfee Secure Home Platform skill for Amazon Alexa. Soon, customers with a McAfee Secure Home Platform enabled router can use the skill to manage their connected home’s network security using their voice.

Available on select routers including the D-Link AC2600 powered by McAfee, McAfee Secure Home Platform provides a built-in layer of security that automatically protects internet-connected devices on the home network from a variety of threats and delivers parental controls.

“Consumers need to take a proactive stance to moving security beyond the endpoint and into the connected home network,” said John Giamatteo, executive vice president, consumer business group, McAfee. “McAfee understands that for consumers to use security solutions, they must fit seamlessly into the way they already live their lives. With the McAfee Secure Home Platform skill for Alexa, we are giving customers the added convenience of simply managing their home’s network security using their voice.”

With the growing amount of personal information flowing to and from connected things in consumers’ homes, it’s imperative that security is extended to all those things. New devices like game consoles, home security systems, thermostats and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices must be secured to avoid becoming a target for cybercriminals.

Customers can use their voice to manage and control McAfee Secure Home Platform features from Alexa-enabled devices. They can also discover devices on their home network and be informed when a new device joins. It also runs a network scan on all connected devices in the home and receive a notification through Alexa on any device that has vulnerabilities identified. In case of a botnet attack, McAfee Secure Home Platform blocks the attack and informs the user through an Alexa notification and via the McAfee mobile app.

The platform also provides a summary of all the devices connected to the home network, if they are blocked or unblocked, which devices have notifications, and more; and allows customers to block or unblock a device on the network using the device name as a parameter. The platform also allows customers to block access to the internet as desired, on an individual or group basis. Parents also have the ability to select time controls on a per child basis.

The McAfee Secure Home Platform is available for device manufacturers worldwide to integrate into supported routers, gateways and other networking devices. The McAfee Secure Home Platform skill for Amazon Alexa will be available to customers in the U.S. in the coming months with support for additional countries and territories following soon. Once the skill is available, customers can search for, enable and account link the skill from the Amazon Alexa app or the Alexa Skills store.

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