Norton by Symantec releases fast, secure connected home Wi-Fi router in Australia to protect smart homes

Norton by Symantec announced on Monday availability of the lauded Norton Core secure Wi-Fi router in Australia. Norton Core is a uniquely-designed Wi-Fi router with built-in security, set to transform the way consumers protect their digital lives at home.

Previously only available in the United States, Australia is the first country outside of the United States to offer Norton Core.

Norton Core was built with security in mind, and with its easy-to-use mobile app, provides customizable protection for the connected home. Subscription renewal is required for security and parental control features after complementary term.

Key Norton Core features include Security Score that allows users to see the health and security of the home network all in one place and instantly see which settings or devices might be compromising the security of the network. If the score decreases, Norton Core will provide notifications and suggestions to improve score and help keep network safe. Parents can also set internet usage limits specific to each child, filter inappropriate content, and even pause the entire home network. If an attempt is made to visit an unauthorized site, access will be blocked and parents will receive a notification.

Consumers can create guest networks with a unique password and even set time limits. When time is up, users can simply extend access or let the guest network disappear. It also gives priority to any device or activity in the house with the touch of a button, so a movie can be prioritized over a game console.

Norton Core stays secure and current with new enhancements, performance improvements, and timely security updates. No manual installation of firmware updates required. Norton Core’s unique patented geodesic dome design offers a high-performance router that the user can display. It blends seamlessly into home’s décor and helps make the most of the router’s performance wherever users are in the home.

According to the 2018 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, routers were identified as the most exploited device in the home3. Drawing on the vast security expertise within Symantec, Norton Core was designed unlike conventional routers in that it was built with crypto authentication chip, secure boot technology and digitally-signed software updates to help protect consumers’ home networks and devices without sacrificing speed, coverage or reliability.

“Individual device security is no longer enough for today’s connected home. Identity and personal data are hot properties for cyber criminals, and we know hackers are exploiting even the humblest connected devices within the home to access personal and financial information,” said Fran Rosch, executive vice president, Consumer Digital Safety, Symantec. “We’re proud to bring Norton Core’s capabilities to Australia, offering more consumers peace of mind that their privacy and personal information is protected by multiple layers of security while streaming their favorite content, playing online games or downloading files.”

According to the 2018 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, Internet of Things (IoT) devices continue to be ripe targets for cyber criminals, with a 600 percent increase in overall IoT attacks seen last year. Still, many consumers don’t realize these devices can be an easy access point for hackers into their home networks. In fact, the 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report found that cyber crime victims globally were almost two times more likely to own a connected home device than non-cyber crime victims. Whether it’s a smart speaker, surveillance camera or a baby monitor, each connected device within the home presents an entry point for hackers to exploit.


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