In October 2016, an attack on Dyn DNS shut down the internet. It soon became clear that the attack was possible because of an overwhelming number of new, unsecured, internet-connected devices—the Internet of Things (IoT). This year's Consumer Electronic's Show has introduced us to plenty of new IoT devices, including cute robots, new capabilities for Amazon's Alexa (despite the fact that she keeps buying things for people that they didn't order), and even a smart hairbrush and pillow, which both sound very necessary.
Symantec, the company behind Norton AntiVirus, has come up with a unique answer to the growing IoT problem. Rather than protecting each of your devices individually, Symantec's new wifi router (the Norton Core) will use the company's expertise and software to protect up to 20 laptops, computers, tablets, or smartphones—and an unlimited number of IoT devices—in one fell swoop.
The router scans every packet of data that you send or receive for threats to your online security. If it detects one, it automatically quarantines infected devices and data. You'll be able to monitor these threats, as well as all devices connected to the router, through a smartphone app. The app also allows for certain devices to be prioritized over others, ensuring those that need more bandwidth get faster internet connections. If you have kids, you can also use the router to monitor and control which websites they access. You can even tell the router to turn off internet access to certain devices—or devices linked to a particular profile—at certain times. So you can make sure little Johnny isn't up all night watching YouTube videos on any of his devices (except for his phone, maybe, but that's your own dang fault for getting the kid a data plan).