So many of today’s smart home systems are connected to the web. This is a wonderful thing, but you may often worry about what’s safeguarding that equipment from getting hacked. That thing could be Cujo.
This Cujo isn’t a Stephen King creation; it’s a small device that promises to protect smart home systems from malware, viruses, hacking and phishing scams. That includes everything from computers and baby monitors to smartphones and TVs. For instance, if a hacker gets access to your security camera, they could see inside your home—and possibly get personal information that’s stored on devices on your home network.
According to the company, the Cujo can protect any WiFi-enabled devices. It also uses “self-learning technology” to get smarter and be able to block new threats.
Although the Cujo is a plug-and-play device, it does require a monthly monitoring fee. That will run you $8.99 per month or you can pay $89 per year. Of course, you probably don’t want another monthly fee, but think about how much you pay to protect your computers each year. Cujo can handle all of those and an unlimited number of smart home systems.
“When my personal accounts were hacked, I started looking for ways to protect our home and kids against stalkers, impersonators and cyber criminals in general,” said Einaras Gravrock, founder and CEO of Cujo. “Unfortunately, the solutions I found were either built for enterprises and thus very expensive, or they were only focused on protecting our PCs. I wanted a solution that was simple to use, affordable for any home, and sophisticated enough to guard all of my home devices. That’s how Cujo was born.”
The Cujo is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo. At last peek, the company had made almost four times its $30,000 goal. However, you still have time to secure your Cujo with a minimum pledge of $49. That price also comes with 6 months of free monitoring service. Once the campaign is complete, the company plans to start shipping the Cujo to initial backers sometime in March 2016.