Cujo, a new project that just launched on Indiegogo, aims to take the guesswork out of securing your connected devices, from smartphones to baby monitors.
Hacks are no longer the stuff of Hollywood flicks. These days, the chances of falling victim to a very real – and potentially very nasty – hacking incident have shot up. And, despite popular belief, hackers don’t target just corporations and public figures. Determined hackers can and will breach your personal devices. Laptops, smartphones, gaming consoles, thermostats, even cars – if they connect to the internet, they’re vulnerable.
This is where Cujo, a smart security device developed by an LA-based startup, comes in. Think of Cujo as your final line of protection against internet threats. This little white box plugs into your router with just one cable and zero fuss. After that, it immediately begins scanning traffic, protecting you from intrusions, malware, and other types of threats. Whenever an incident is detected, you can get a detailed notification on your Android or iOS smartphone, so you can act and keep your home safe.
Cujo combines firewall, anti-malware, anti-phishing, and threat-detection technology into one device that doesn’t require a tech background to set up and use. Compared to conventional solutions like firewalls and antivirus software, Cujo offers more features and better protection, in one package. And it gets smarter as you use it, thanks to regular updates.
Inside Cujo, there is a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage and a dedicated chip for cryptographic acceleration. This hardware is needed to run the local antimalware and anti-intrusion software, but the device also offloads some of the analysis tasks to Cujo’s servers.
Cujo is now available on Indiegogo at an introductory price of $49, which includes one Cujo device and 12 months of service (first 100 backers), 9 months of service (the next 100 backers), or 6 months of service (regular backers). After the bundled service period, Cujo will cost $8.99/month or $89/year.
Is Cujo worth its money? That’s up to you to decide, but if you’re serious about your privacy and security, the cost of two nice lattes per month doesn’t seem too much to ask.