CUJO guards all connected home devices from hackers


CUJO protects your home networks against hacks, viruses, malware and other virtual intrusions.


From Ashley Madison to Sony, the latest string of data breaches have demonstrated the significance of security in our increasingly electronic world. The days of protecting your home with just an alarm system or some anti-virus softwre are over; in fact, anything that is connected to the Internet has become a fairly easy target for malicious hackers. With this in mind, a California-based startup has introduced a gadget, called CUJO, that will guard all smart home devices against the most sophisticated virtual intrusions, from malware to phishing attempts.

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One of, if not, the most intriguing attributes would have to be its simplicity. CUJO acts as a plug-and-play gatekeeper on the front end of your router with an Ethernet cable, blocking hackers and other threats before they can reach a home network and everything connected to it. The elegantly-designed unit will inspect all of the packets of data leaving and entering your home, and even analyze your device behavior so that it can detect anomalies as soon as they occur.

“CUJO goes beyond traditional security by using a multilayer approach that combines firewall, antivirus, and malware typically found in separate devices,” the startup writes. “Unlike traditional solutions, CUJO adapts and reacts when your home is attacked and does not rely just on libraries of known malware issues. We analyze a humongous amount of behavioral data in our cloud and push learnings from one home to all CUJO protected homes.”

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Another thing you will notice about CUJO is that it decided to forgo a display and replaced it with an ambient interface. Instead, you can easily monitor activity from afar using its accompanying mobile app. And should your network ever be attacked, a notification will be immediately sent to your smartphone with more details.

In terms of hardware, CUJO boasts 4GB of Flash memory, two 1GB Ethernet ports, 256-bit AES encryption and cryptographic hardware acceleration.

“We use bank-level security to protect the communication between your CUJO and the CUJO cloud,” its creators add. “Our device will contain several layers of hardware security, making it difficult to break into it even with direct physical access to it.”

Ready to safeguard your home devices from hackers? Head over to CUJO’s Indiegogo campaign, where the team is seeking $30,000. Delivery is expected to begin in March 2016.

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