We surf the internet quite a bit at home. I’m constantly looking up recipes or flavor pairings while I’m in the kitchen, and my kids are super curious and constantly asking questions I have to Google answers to. We watch a bit of streaming video and do love watching old music videos. (Nothing quite like introducing your children to the joys of the music video for Thriller!)
Until a few months ago, we surfed without worry.
Then I got a virus on my iPad. And it spread to my laptop (or maybe I got a different one). I had to wipe both machines. It was a disaster.
So when Best Buy offered to send me a CUJO Smart Firewall, I was extremely excited. When I heard I could have more control over the users on my wifi, it was even better.
Set up took a lot less time than I anticipated. Check out this video I made of my (rather complicated) setup:
Start to finish, it took me about 20 minutes because I had some weird thing with an IP address, but the gent on the phone was aces and walked me right through it.
Then came setting up all my users and devices through the app, which I thought would be far more complicated.
Let’s pause here for a moment.
I am a creative person. I am not super technically advanced, but I can blunder my way through most things. I know how to work my phone. I know how to work my television and all the cables. I know when to call someone else instead of continuing to monkey with something.
OK, back to the story.
The app automatically populates with each device that is accessing your wifi. That’s it.
Then you take them and put them under whoever’s name they belong to.
For example – we have just the two profiles, Wolfgang’s and mine. We have far too many devices, but I sorted each under the proper name.
And now I am all-powerful. *insert evil laugh here*
I can turn off the internet with the push of a button from my cell phone. I can turn off Wolfgang’s internet access while I’m at the store. Or while I’m on my trip next week. Or anywhere I have cell phone service.
You can also filter out different types of websites, like “adult content” or “religion” or “news”. You can even block social media and streaming!
Plus, look at this adorable face the CUJO device has!
She likes watching Great British Baking Show. (Also, this means the access point is not blocking anything at this time.)
CUJO did not like Game Of Thrones very much.
(I happened to be testing the CUJO by trying to access social media sites after I turned on that filter.)
She’s on it, this CUJO.
CUJO will also protect you from known attacks with business-level security. I get push notifications on my phone when one of the devices on our network is attempting to access a known threat, and I can make the decision to unblock it, or continue to block it.
Doesn’t interrupt my life and saves me from a lot of headache!
So the CUJO has become a big part of our lives, and we are all the better for it.
Wolfgang hates it, but I’m sure he’ll get over it when I turn his internet back on.
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.