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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Does Your Whole Home Need Antivirus Now?

Lots of people spend money on a home security system. So why are we leaving more and more of our digital property defenseless?
If you’re diligent, you’ve kept the bad guys at bay by running antivirus software on a home PC. These days, though, we’ve also got phones, e-readers and smart TVs. And what about connected thermostats, security cameras and garage doors? They’re all secret passageways into our living rooms.
The Bitdefender Box, shown here next to a Linksys router, monitors traffic on your network in search of dangerous software.ENLARGE
The Bitdefender Box, shown here next to a Linksys router, monitors traffic on your network in search of dangerous software.PHOTO: EMILY PRAPUOLENIS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
We know these security and privacy threats lurk all over the house becausegood-guy hackers have found plenty. These vulnerabilities just haven’t turned into major criminal targets. Yet.
A new type of Internet security product is designed to stand guard over the whole smart home full of gadgets. Rather than counting on antivirus on every device, they scan all the activity in your house for signs of trouble. If you click on a malicious link, or your thermostat starts sending a thousand emails per hour, your sentry will hoist a red flag.
These products are in their infancy, and their promise outweighs their present effectiveness. But they offer a glimpse of how home network security is going to change for all of us. And while they develop, there are steps you can take with existing home routers and security software to stay safe.
One of the first products comes from Bitdefender, a company known for excellent antivirus software. For the past week, I’ve been usingBox, a slim, $200 device that attaches to your Wi-Fi router to make it more security conscious. (Two startups, Itus Networks and Nodal Industries, have announced similar products. They aren’t yet shipping, though, and I didn’t test them.)
Box is a breakthrough idea. I just wish it worked better—especially for its price, which requires an additional $100 annual subscription after the first year. My test Box was temperamental, sporadically giving me unhelpful alarms and likely causing my home’s Internet connection to slow to a crawl several times.
It found most malware—malicious software designed to disrupt or spy on you. But its filters can’t identify evil lurking in traffic that’s been encrypted (locked behind a secret code) and in some other situations.
Box’s premise is simplicity, but setting it up might turn off people without networking experience. An app guides you through steps that can vary depending on your gear. It required me to dig around in settings, and crashed during setup, sending me back to Square One.
The Box app lists all devices on your home network—even ones you don’t know about.ENLARGE
The Box app lists all devices on your home network—even ones you don’t know about.PHOTO: BITDEFENDER
Once it was running, Box did some things that made me feel more secure. First, it scoured my network, producing a list of everything that’s connected. There’s more than you might think! One of the biggest smart-home risks today is somebody sneaking onto the network you thought was locked. (More tips on keeping it closed in a minute.)
With Box, when a new device logs in, an alert pops up on your phone. You can kick things off the network with two taps.
Box also does other things that home routers should already be able to do but don’t. Most routers can stop direct inbound attacks. But Box also inspects all the data that does make it through, comparing it against Bitdefender’s ever-growing database of known threats. It also notices when devices aren’t behaving as they should.
To test this, I pointed a retired laptop at some of the darker corners of the Internet, where sites push malware or try to phish for personal information. Box stopped them and alerted my phone.
If you let it, Box can install additional security software onto computers, phones and tablets. On PCs and Macs, for example, local protection software can detect a USB stick infected with malware. When you take a mobile device away from the home network, a Box system called private line lets you route traffic back through your Box—a miniature version of the VPN systems used by companies.
But Box has some work to do on its scanning system. The app alerted me to a few malware attacks that appeared to be delivered by advertising companies—but Box didn’t tell me which Web page sent them.
When any of your devices hits a known malicious website, you get a phone alert. (The URL here is obscured for reader safety.)ENLARGE
When any of your devices hits a known malicious website, you get a phone alert. (The URL here is obscured for reader safety.) PHOTO:BITDEFENDER
Box is also blind to some malware hidden in encrypted traffic. Using a zip file, the tech website Digital Trends managed toslip a virus that targets Internet security cameraspast Box’s filter and then install it on a camera. A Bitdefender spokesman says “no security solution available today” could have detected malware that way.
And too often, Box caused my Internet connection to become painfully slow, particularly when I tried to stream video. A Bitdefender spokesman says that problem was likely the fault of my Internet service provider—but it didn’t report any outages in my area.
What about all those still-unknown threats to connected cameras and thermostats? Box is one of the first products to at least attempt to track smart-home devices. Its makers say they’ll be on high alert for malware designed to target these devices, while simultaneously gathering information about devices, so it can notify you when they start acting funny.
For wide-ranging attacks that might involve turning your devices into spambots, there’s a chance Box could defend your device, or evolve to do it. But Box’s defenses are far from 100%, security experts warn.
“The focus seems to be solely on blocking malware, as opposed to identifying when a hacker is doing nefarious things on the home network or any of the devices themselves,” says Chris Eng, the vice president of research at Veracode. His security firm recently found worrying holes in a bunch of smart-home devices, none of which Box could have protected, he says.
Dan Berte, Bitdefender’s vice president of design, says Box “goes leaps and bounds in protecting our most common devices,” adding, “We couldn’t be happier to have achieved this milestone, though we do agree it will be a bumpy ride to get things perfect.”
The app provides a quick glance at all the activity on your network.ENLARGE
The app provides a quick glance at all the activity on your network. PHOTO: BITDEFENDER
Box isn’t worth it now, but I’m glad that Bitdefender is working on making home networks safer. And they’re not alone: Norton antivirus makerSymantec and router maker Linksys (now owned by Belkin) say they’re also working on smart-home protection.
The most important thing now is to make sure the lock on your home network is as secure as the one on your front door. Here’s a checklist:
 Update the software on your router. Routers themselves have vulnerabilities, like a scary one last year called Misfortune Cookie. Many router makers fixed the problem, but you need to update your firmware—an option in your router’s settings—to get the patch. The best new routers can install updates automatically.
 Use a strong password for your network—and for your router’s administrative controls. It’s important to use a WPA2-secured Wi-Fi network, protected by a good password. But the administrative controls for your router also need a better password than the default, which is often, terrifyingly, “admin.”
 Don’t give out your Wi-Fi password to friends and visitors. Instead, create a guest network with its own password. This minimizes the chances someone might, inadvertently or otherwise, give up direct access to the part of your network with your sensitive devices.
 Antivirus software still matters on your most important devices, like PCs and smartphones. Yes, Apple devices are less susceptible to the most common malware, but if your home network’s defenses are breached, you’re going to want an extra wall.
Finally, amid the flurry of new kinds of connected devices it’s worth taking stock of which ones are really worth the risk to you. “If it is a thing that sits on your table that you talk to and it gives answers, that means there’s a microphone recording you all the time,” Mr. Eng says.
If a smart-home device doesn’t require a good password, that’s a sign its makers don’t take security seriously.
And you can try to turn off features that you don’t find useful. Today, some smart TVs have the ability to listen out for voice commands on remote controls. If you don’t use that feature very often, then why take on the risk of having it in your home? Turn it off, or if you can’t—muffle it with tape.

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