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Brief Published: 25 Sep 2015

Cujo: Smart-Home Security


California-based start up Cujo is launching a security device to protect our increasingly connected homes.

Unlike antivirus software, Cujo is a standalone device that defends your entire network – from smart TVs to baby monitors – from attack. It learns how connected devices behave normally and blocks unusual activity caused by hacker attacks, viruses and malware.

Cujo enlisted San Francisco-based creative agency Matter to make the device look as attractive and approachable as possible. Its ornamental design has a minimal graphic interface that depicts the threat level facing your network, but it has no other buttons or controls.

When its eyes are down, there is little activity in the network. Eyes up means your network is active and Cujo is scanning for malicious activity. When the eyes are wide open, it means someone is actively trying to hack one of your devices. Cujo blocks that activity, while allowing the device to continue to function.

Cujo has raised almost four times its $30,000 goal on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, and is expected to ship in March 2016. After the campaign, the Cujo device will cost $169, including a year's subscription.

As more and more everyday products are connected to the internet, security will become a key concern for consumers. See Super Security for the opportunities and potential pitfalls for brands.