The Staten Island Family 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.
A few weeks ago while I was in Manhattan I get a frantic call from my husband. Let me set the scene.
My husband: “Honey I got a warning message on my laptop that said I had a serious virus”
Me: “That sounds odd- who is the message from?”
My husband: “I don’t know I panicked and I called the number right away they said they were from Microsoft and they had to take control of the computer to fix it.”
Me: “OH MY GD- you didn’t give them control of the computer- honey- did you?”
My husband: “I couldn’t click out of the message and it seemed to seize the whole computer and they said they were from Microsoft so I gave them control of the computer.”
Me: “NOOOOOOO. They are the hackers- that’s how they hacked into our computer.”
My Husband: “Now they are telling me if I give them $150 they can fix the problem.”
Me: “DON’T give them anything. We need to take the computer to Best Buy”.
PS after I almost killed my husband when I got home, because I couldn’t believe that he fell for the oldest hacking trick in the book I realized that he is probably like a lot of people who are not all that savvy when it comes to their technology- and who legitimately don’t know what hackers are capable of- whereas I am a seasoned and bitter tech person who thinks EVERYONE and their mother are out to hack me (but I digress).
After that initial hacking experience- and a subsequent trip to Best Buy whose GEEK SQUAD had to wipe our computer because the hackers had infected it with a virus- we began getting several additional virus warning messages to our computer. Luckily my husband knew never to give them any money or credit card. The problem with these viruses is that you can’t delete them from your screen or work on your computer while the “virus” is on your computer. And if you give the hacker a credit card or check they then have your critical identity data which can be used to steal from you.
Bottom line: This type of situation is one you never want to have and is why every person who uses a computer needs some way to block internet threats and hackers. Luckily we finally found a solution in CUJO Smart Internet Firewall from Best Buy! CUJO is a smart firewall for the connected home, designed to bring business-level security to the home network. This one device will secure all devices connecting to the Wi-Fi router.
My favorite aspect of CUJO is that it detects and blocks malicious sites, viruses, and hacks. Think of it as an antivirus for your entire network! Since installing it we feel so much more secure and can safely use all our devices since CUJO also gives you business-level internet security and guards all your devices. It connects right to your router, you can control it with the App and it is high speed (1GB Ethernet). Downloadable CUJO app which allows you to easily monitor your home network activity from compatible iOS and Android devices.
CUJO lets you control what your children access online and keep them safe. My son is 12 and is always on the internet on his phone or tablet and we are very lenient but there are some sites we just don’t want him exposed to yet. Set time limits, schedules, and sites that are permitted. Apply access policy to any or all devices.
CUJO has parental controls for all devices and all these other features:
– internet filter
– time limits
– social media monitoring
– pause internet
– alerts and reporting
– remote administration
– user profiles and settings
Your home is full of smart devices. They are not protected by antivirus, leaving your home open to hackers. The CUJO uses machine learning to secure everything from tablets to TVs and baby monitors. Just a few more reasons CUJO is the ONLY Smart Firewall a Connected Home Needs:
Detects and blocks malicious sites and hacks.
Cryptographic hardware acceleration.
The CUJO takes just a few minutes to start. Plug the CUJO device into your router and follow the step-by-step guide on your CUJO app.
Two Gigabit Ethernet portsProvides fast network connection and will not slow down your network.
Designed for use with your existing network–The CUJO offers easy integration.
Presents optimal performanceWith Dual core 1GHz processor, 4GB flash memory and 1GB DDR SRAM memory inside.Head over to your local Best Buy or visit to check out CUJO. Connect it right to your cable company’s router download the app and you will be protected.
I honestly finally feel safe in my own home and comfortable that I will not be hacked anymore.