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Brief Published: 14 Jul 2017

Securing the Smart Home: Norton Core

Norton Core

Norton Core is a powerful wireless router that promises to protect the smart home and connected devices from malware and cyber threats, while delivering high-speed internet. 

Made by Californian security software company Norton by Symantec, the device monitors the activity of all items connected to the router. If suspicious activity is detected, Core creates a quarantine around that device until the issue is resolved, protecting access to private information or home-monitoring appliances such as smart cameras.

An accompanying app lets users monitor the network in real time and view threats that have been blocked by Norton Core. It also provides a security score and related tips to improve it, such as stronger passwords. Users can also install parental controls within the app to protect younger family members by setting limits on their internet access.

The router itself is encased in an attractive geodesic form – highlighting a new approach that sees technology designed for display. See New Tech Aesthetics for further insight.

As previously noted at IFA 2016, security is a key focus of the smart home, with items such as indoor cameras and surveillance doorbells being particularly popular. Norton Core demonstrates how this shift is moving towards securing the smart home itself. There is a growing demand for all-encompassing smart-home security, with a 2016 report discovering that 89% of consumers would prefer to secure all smart-home devices through a single integrated security package.

Also see firewall device Cujo for more smart home security with cute features.