New Gadget Obsession – I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Have This in My House All Along

Best Buy sent me a Cujo Smart Firewall for the sake of this review. The opinions in this review are true.

 

I’ve been thinking about getting a firewall for my house lately. With 12 devices online, a child under 13 and a business, it seemed like something I should be shopping for. I mean, you can never be too safe when it comes to your personal information and being able to govern what your children have access to seems like the best way to keep them away from adult content. So, when Best Buy asked me if I wanted to review the CUJO Smart Firewall, I had to say yes. Here’s my take along with some practical information on my newest gadget obsession.

 

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First, let me set the scene here…

 

I work from home. I spend no less than 50 hours a week on my desktop. When I am not on my desktop, I am working on my phone or my laptop, (from home). My son is a YouTuber. He also works from home. He also watches countless videos and plays online games on his tablet. My other half is glued to his phone, usually playing games and watching Facebook or YouTube videos. When we are not glued to one of these devices, we are streaming from Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon on one of our smart devices. We have a PS4, a PS3, a Wii U, a ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector, a Google Home and 2 Google Chromecasts. I kid you not, we are always online. And up until now, I’ve had no parental control beyond what I can manage on YouTube and PS4. So what does this all mean?

 

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It means we are leaving ourselves wide open for cyber attacks and that I’m probably slacking hard in the parental control department. But, the CUJO Smart Firewall claims business level security to your home network which means, I am this mom just leveled up. But that’s far from all it does.

 

What is a CUJO Smart Firewall and What Can it do?

 

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At a price point of $249.99 the CUJO Smart Firewall offers business level protection by securing all devices that go through my home’s WiFi router. It finds the malicious sites, viruses, and hacks that are a potential threat and blocks them from my devices. Need I say how important this is? Basically, it’s antivirus for my whole home network. Plus, it has incredible features that puts me in control of what my child can access. Check these parental controls out:

 

  • It controls all the devices my child is on
  • It has an internet filter
  • I can set time limits on my son’s activity
  • It monitors social media activity
  • I can pause the internet on any device (hello bedtime for real)
  • I get alerts when threats are present and a report of my home’s health
  • I can set up user profiles and settings for each

 

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CUJU Smart Firewall

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How Do You Set it Up?

 

This is the best part. You download the app, plug it into your router, and into the power outlet. The end. Like literally, that’s it. I couldn’t make this sound complicated if I tried. But here are some pics in case you want to see for yourself.

 

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There’s a video on the app if you need extra help.

 

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Ethernet cable comes with CUJO.

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And it plugs into your router.

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The end. I love the CUJO light up eyes. It reminds me we’re protected. I keep mine behind the TV where the router is. It would be cool if it came in black.

 

So What Did I Think of CUJO?

 

I love that I can have this parental control. There is so much online that kids should not be exposed to (hello understatement of the year). I feel much more at ease knowing this is being monitored and that boundaries are in place. This is clearly a no-brainer for our house.

 

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I made my son’s profile and now I know he’s safe online.

 

Something that really stood out for me (because let’s face it, CUJO is not inventing the wheel here), was the online and phone support. This was amazing! I have a dual band router and it always gives me a super hard time when I am trying to set things like this up. For most, you just plug in the CUJO Smart Firewall, install the app and boom, you’re ready to start leveling up your parenting and WiFi security. But for me, it wasn’t that simple.

 

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Having easy access to tech support right on the spot made things really easy when my dual band router wouldn’t cooperate.

 

What was totally simple was starting an online chat and then getting a phone call from a CUJO support person. They took over my computer and set everything up. And in no time at all, I was protected.

 

This is GOLDEN. I don’t have time to deal with technical issues, so having them there totally won me over.

 

The Take-Away

 

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I’m happy knowing I’m protected.

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I’m officially obsessed with the CUJO Smart Firewall. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it has proven to be awesome. I had four extra people in my house who evacuated from Hurricane Irma and they were all super impressed with it too. Whenever someone was blocked from a malicious website, I was notified. We all couldn’t believe how many times we would have gone to these sites had I not installed CUJO. My only blip was the price point, but I compared it to other top rated firewalls and they don’t have the parental controls. So, it’s definitely priced pretty spot on. I would like to see it maybe at $225 instead of $250.

 

Overall I’m feeling like a boss, feeling like a good parent and feeling like this is my new favorite gadget.

 

 

How Did I Live Without This? I can't believe I went so long without this type of protection. I love that every device on my hone's network is now 100% protected and that I can manage parental controls form my phone, anywhere, anytime. OBSESSED!
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About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

4 Comments on this post

  1. This looks like a must-have gadget for parents. I have to look into investing in one for my family. Thanks for sharing!

    Tasheena @SimplyTasheena.com / Reply
  2. Wow, this thing looks super useful. I had no idea about it. Thank you for sharing.

    Courtney Blacher / Reply
  3. This sounds like something that all parents can use. I really appreciate the down low about it because it can get confusing sometimes with all the products on the market.

    Via Bella / Reply
  4. I should really consider investing in firewall. I’ll definitely keep Cujo in mind.

    Erica Ardali / Reply

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