New NETGEAR Armor Security Service aims to safeguard home WiFi networks and connected devices; comes powered by Bitdefender

NETGEAR Inc., vendor of home networking and smart home security products, announced Tuesday availability of a new service, NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitdefender, designed to provide comprehensive network security for any device connected via a NETGEAR router.  

NETGEAR Armor is now available for the Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi router (R7000P) and the Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Dual Band Gigabit Router (R6900P) via a firmware update and subscription.

NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitdefender provides the ideal solution to block all of these ever-increasing cyber-attacks. Running directly on the NETGEAR router itself, NETGEAR Armor actively detects and protects devices from cyber threats such as viruses, malware, spyware, ransomware, phishing, and even those pesky botnets, by blocking any attempts to access websites, URL’s or IP addresses that could steal information or identity. With the Nighthawk App, users will receive instant notifications when malicious threats are detected.

At no extra charge, customers who subscribe to NETGEAR Armor can also install Bitdefender Total Security software on any Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android device. The software provides additional local protection such as the ability to remotely locate and wipe the device from the Armor portal.

NETGEAR helps customers empower themselves and protect their network, data, and families from those with malicious intent, even when they are not on their home network.

Cyber security needs to be a top-of-mind concern for all households and individuals as evident of the almost daily reports of security breaches. In 2016 alone, there were more than 4000 ransomware attacks occurring every day, a 300 percent increase from the year prior as reported by the FBI in the “How to Protect Your Networks from Ransomware Guide.” This data demonstrates that we are now faced with a new era, where consumers, small businesses and enterprises alike all need to be equally mindful that proper safeguards are taken to protect their networks, data and finances.

In a recently published cybercrime report, assembled by Cybersecurity Ventures, states that an average of 1.4 million phishing websites are created every month, with fake pages designed to mimic the companies they’re spoofing. Additionally, hacker attacks occur every 39 seconds, affecting 1 in 3 Americans every year, according to research conducted by the University of Maryland.

Today, homes are now filled with numerous smart devices that are connected to the network to provide advanced features and remote access. With the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as smart thermostats, TVs, garage door openers, refrigerators, light bulbs and more, there are now several gateways of access to one’s network. Many of these devices are not equipped to provide the proper protection against online intruders who may have malicious intent.

With this new reality of having a more connected world, home networks are more vulnerable than they have ever been. Households will need to start taking the measures and safeguards that were previously only the purview of businesses in the enterprise space.


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