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Trend Micro's Home Network Security is a small black box that protects your smart home devices

By Kenny Yeo - on 9 Jul 2019, 1:36pm

Trend Micro's Home Network Security is a small black box that protects your smart home devices

Trend Micro Home Network Security (Image source: Trend Micro)

Modern routers today like the ASUS RT-AX88U feature tie-ups with security companies to provide built-in network security features. But if you are using an older router, you might want to protect your home network with the new Trend Micro Home Network Security.

It's essentially a small black box that you connect via Ethernet to your existing router. Once you do, all traffic from your router is routed through the Home Network Security where it is scanned for threats.

It was designed primarily to protect smart home and connected devices, such as smart sensors and smart appliances. These devices typically do not have screens, which makes it difficult to tell if they have been compromised. Moreover, they are often designed with weak security protocols.

The Home Network Security app. (Image source: Trend Micro)

You can then view your network's status using the Home Network Security app — available for Android and iOS devices.

Home Network Security also features built-in parental control features so parents can use the Home Network Security app to set time limits for their children and manage their access to the internet.

It sounds like a useful device especially if you have an older router. However, take note that apart from the device, you also need a subscription for it to work. Each purchase comes with a two-year subscription. Subscription renewal is S$99 per year.

The Trend Micro Home Network Security will be available from mid-July at S$299 and as mentioned earlier, comes with a two-year subscription.

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