From today, Virgin Media O2 is trialling an enhanced Smart Security offering, which will provide thousands of its Hub 5 customers with an extra layer of protection for all of their smart home devices at no extra cost.
With malicious online activity becoming increasingly sophisticated, it’s easy to fall victim to cyber-security threats. Simple attacks can happen to anyone and may not even appear to be a risk, such as unknowingly opening an email attachment which contains malware.
Virgin Media Smart Security protects connected devices – from mobile phones to video doorbells – by actively fending off cyber-attacks such as ransomware or data stealing. The trial will enable thousands of customers to monitor the security across their network and see what’s been blocked on their browser.
According to research from Compare the Market, smart home devices can boost the amount offered on a for-sale property, with 51% of Brits willing to pay as much as £2.5k more for a property with smart home gadgets installed. And with demand for smart tech more popular than ever, it’s no surprise that Statistic estimate there’ll be 34.8m smart tech users across households in 2028, making it increasingly important for consumers to future-proof their homes and their smart device security.
This added security capability will automatically be downloaded to the Hub 5, with eligible customers simply needing to activate the trial via the Virgin Media Connect App, where they can manage and protect their devices on the newly added Smart Security dashboard.
To help consumers keep their devices safe and secure, Director of Connectivity at Virgin Media O2, Gareth Lister, has provided some tips.
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