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.
Technology now a days is everywhere we go. We use the internet and technology to communicate, educate, entertain, and manage our finances. If the wrong person got a hold of your account, it would be bad news and cause a lot of unwanted stress.
As a mom to three growing boys, who love technology and all that comes with it, I want to do my part to protect not only their devices but also their precious vulnerable brains. The internet is a scary place with lots of information that comes with it… giving my children free reign to play/search didn’t give me peace. I knew that I not only wanted something to protect our devices… but something to give me a bit of control with what the boys are searching.
As a Best Buy blogger I was given the opportunity to use and review CUJO Smart Firewall. This device/service is exactly what I have been searching for.
CUJO is a smart firewall for the connected home, designed to bring business-level security to the home network. This one device will secure all devices connecting to the WiFi router. CUJO detects and blocks malicious sites, viruses, and hacks. Think of it like antivirus for your entire network. Plus, CUJO lets you control what your kids access online and keep them safe.
Our family has been using CUJO for a few weeks now and I am a big fan of the features. My boys may have a difference of opinion when some of their favorite youtubers are blocked or when I pause their internet to help with chores. The main thing I want to share with you is… I am very happy with this product.
CUJO is a smart, business-level firewall that guards all devices in your connected home. Plug it into your router and control with your iPhone or Android app (free).
Parental Controls (my favorite) ~ Set specific restricts to avoid inappropriate sites and apps. You can also manage access schedules by setting a time limit with wifi, monitor their social media, and pause internet. You can change the restrictions from your app to manage the device restrictions.
The website and app filtering helps protect yoru kids from inappropriate websites and apps. The schedules can help you manage internet access by day at time as well as pausing internet when needed. You can set time limits to control the time allowed for internet activities like social media and video streaming.
Our family has many devices that connect to our wifi. With CUJO, I am able to set restrictions (or not set any) specific to each device. This allows me to restrict certain websites and content for my children, while not having any restrictions for access on other devices. Even if a device has no restrictions (or parental controls) every device connected to our wifi has amazing firewall protection.
The only downfall I have found from having this in our home is that the boys do not like it when their favorite game gets blocked or the red screen of death pops up after attempting to go somewhere that isn’t approved or safe.
The set up was very simple straight out of the box. I did have a bit of a hiccup with my installation, due to user error (I plugged the cord in the wrong place). I called their tech support (free) and he walked me through the steps and was super patient with me. He didn’t even laugh or belittle me when we found out why it wasn’t working. I was very pleased with their tech support.
Your home is full of smart devices. They are not protected by antivirus, making your home a target for cyber criminals. CUJO secures everything from smartphones and laptops to TV’s and baby monitors. Stay safe online with CUJO smart firewall.