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Re: Top 3 Cybersecurity Threats… and what you can do about them!

Dustin_V
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Top 3 Cybersecurity Threats… and what you can do about them!

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For most of us, cybersecurity isn’t something we think about every day. We may not truly realize how prevalent they can be… that is, until we’ve become a victim or know of someone who has. We recently conducted a survey of NETGEAR Armor users to determine what their biggest concerns were. Here are the three areas they identified as top of mind for them.

 

Malware

Malware is malicious software that is harmful and is designed to cause damage to a computer and/or network. These can be in the form of computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses and spyware. Once infected, you are at risk of having your valuable data stolen, deleted, or even held for ransom.

 

Armor actively safeguards your network from cyberthreats, including malware, by blocking known malicious site and applications. Through advanced website filtering, Armor checks against the most updated database of malicious sites and apps and blocks suspicious URLs, keeping you safe from phishing, fraud, and viruses.

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Identity Theft

In the hands of the wrong person, your personal information can be used to commit fraud. Such information can be used to open new accounts, take over existing accounts, provided as a false identity to a crime and more. Keeping your information as safe as possible becomes even more important.

 

Thieves may try to steal your information online through various ways; phishing, malicious websites, public WiFi and more. When protected by NETGEAR Armor, you’ll receive instant notifications any time you or someone in your family visits websites that may try to scam, infect or steal your personal information. Sites will also be blocked, ensuring you a safe browsing experience. With Bitdefender Total Security, you’re able to protect all your devices on your network and while away, giving you an extra layer of protection even while using public WiFi.


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Router Security

Cyber attacks can occur when devices make their way onto your network undetected. Additionally, hackers may seek out vulnerable devices on your home’s WiFi to gain access to your network.

 

Since Armor protects you at the network level, anytime a new, unknown device joins your network you will receive an instant alert, allowing you to take immediate action and blocking the device if necessary. Regular scans will also identify any network flaws that may lead to unauthorized access, data theft, or malicious attacks. With a detailed weekly report, you’ll receive tips on how to address and secure your network based on the vulnerabilities identified, allowing you to address any issue. 

 

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How Can NETGEAR Armor Help?

NETGEAR Armor gives you advanced, best-in-class protection for your network and all of your connected devices. By leveraging Bitdefender Total Security, NETGEAR Armor ensures your devices stay protected both when you’re at home as well as when you’re away from your home network.

 

How Do I Install NETGEAR Armor?

Installing NETGEAR Armor on your Armor-enabled router is simple. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to benefit from multi-layer cyber security to protect your connected home and devices from Internet threats.

 

 

Once installed, you will begin your trial period of NETGEAR Armor, covering your home network and all of your connected devices. After your trial ends, the Armor subscription is $69.99 per year. For a list of Armor-enabled routers, please visit: https://www.netgear.com/landings/armor/

 

What Features Does NETGEAR Armor Include?

Whether you are on a trial period or a have a paid subscription, Armor will provide your home network with advanced cyber threat protection. These features include:

 

Intelligent Device Management & Alerts

Anytime a device joins your home WiFi, you’ll automatically receive an alert and can take appropriate action. You’re able to control which devices are able to connect to your network and block any unknown devices. For the devices connected to your network, Armor will protect those devices and notify you whenever threats happen to be blocked.

 

Safe Surfing & Dynamic URL Blocking

NETGEAR Armor actively safeguards your network from cyber threats such as viruses, spyware, hackers, spam, malware, and more. Through secure browsing, Armor helps block known malicious sites and applications, keeping you safe from phishing, fraud, and ransomware.

 

Vulnerability Assessment

With regular scans, NETGEAR Armor is able to identify network flaws and vulnerabilities found on connected devices that can lead to remote unauthorized access, data theft, or malicious attacks. These scans also check for password strength, firmware version, and any weakness that can provide easy access to your entire home network. A detailed weekly report provides you with tips on how to address and secure your network, based on any vulnerabilities detected.

 

Endpoint Protection

Whether you’re on your home network or away, Bitdefender Total Security keeps all of your devices secure against all cyber threats, including viruses, Trojans, spyware, ransomware and more. This award-winning protection provides coverage for an unlimited number of devices under a single subscription and is available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, & Android devices.

 

While such features help protect Armor users, appropriate follow up actions should always take place to ensure users are fully protected. When a new, unknown device joins your network, you can take immediate action by blocking Internet access upon receiving a notification. After a vulnerability scan takes place, you will receive suggestions on how to better secure you network. This may include updating a device’s firmware, updating default credentials, and more. By being proactive, you’ll be able to make sure your home network stays protected.

 

Have you activated your trial period of NETGEAR Armor? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

 

For tips on how to protect your home network, click here.

 

To watch a recap of our “Are you safe from online threats?” Live Event, click here.

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CosmoC
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Re: Top 3 Cybersecurity Threats… and what you can do about them!

How do you allow a website that Armor is blocking.  I know it to be good, but it is blocked by Armor. 

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DexterJB
NETGEAR Moderator

Re: Top 3 Cybersecurity Threats… and what you can do about them!

Hi @CosmoC, welcome to the community! You can submit a false positive report to Bitdefender for them to have it whitelisted. The link below may help out.

 

https://kb.netgear.com/000061032/NETGEAR-Armor-is-blocking-URLs-that-I-want-to-access-what-do-I-do

 

You can also reach the Bitdefender support channels via the link below.

 

https://www.bitdefender.com/consumer/support/

 

Dexter

 

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