Safeguard home smart devices with Netgear Armor

Powered by Bitdefender, Netgear Armor ensures household devices connected to the Orbi WiFi network are protected against cyber attacks.

Johannesburg, 07 Jun 2019
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Netgear has announced the worldwide availability of Netgear Armor Cyber Threat Protection, powered by Bitdefender, on Orbi WiFi Mesh Systems. This is great news for any home network because, with the increasing number of IOT devices in every household, the threat of a cyber attack becomes more and more probable

Netgear Armor is a cyber security solution that protects all Internet-connected devices in your home from viruses, malware, stolen passwords, identity theft and hacking, whether you’re at home or on the go. Instant notifications warn you whenever you or someone in your family visit Web sites that may try to scam, infect or steal your personal information.

Many people already have some type of anti-virus software loaded on their home computers. However, this is often not effective enough for cyber threats in today’s environment. In fact, according to research, 146 billion records of personal information, such as credit card information or identity numbers, are expected to be stolen by cyber criminals between 2018 and 2023.

Netgear Armor provides network-wide security, which means that all devices connected to your Orbi WiFi network will benefit from this protection, including smart home and IOT devices. This is a unique offering as many malware protection providers safeguard only  Android, iOS, Mac and Windows systems, leaving a range of devices vulnerable.

Continuous scans will identify and block malware such as viruses, spyware, ransomware, and the malicious links that are the delivery system to infect your network before they even reach you. Immediate notifications on your smartphone (via the Orbi app) or on your computer will alert you when threats are detected and blocked.

Netgear Armor regularly scans all Internet-connected devices to keep you safer from potential security vulnerabilities. Armor also checks for open ports, password strength, firmware versions and other potential security weaknesses. Scanning is fast and has a minimal effect on your system performance as it occurs in the cloud to maximise power and efficiency.

Because Netgear Armor covers all of your Internet-connected devices, it is an effective way to protect against cyber threats for less secure but prolific smart devices for the home, such as security cameras, smart lights and door locks.

Netgear Armor empowers you to eliminate vulnerabilities or to simply know the status of your home network and devices anytime, anywhere. Get instant notifications when malicious threats are detected, block unknown devices from joining your home network or take action on vulnerabilities as they are discovered easily through the Nighthawk app.

Netgear Armor also includes Bitdefender Total Security, which allows you to install complete anti-malware protection on your Android, iOS, Windows and Mac devices. Now you and your family can stay protected while away from home and while using public WiFi networks.

Netgear Armor is powered by the award-winning cyber security firm Bitdefender, which detects, anticipates and neutralises the newest cyber dangers anywhere in the world on the spot, thanks to the largest cloud security delivery infrastructure on the globe.

“Bitdefender is the cyber security company that has kept pace with fast-evolving online threats, using innovations that address one of the most stringent issues we’re facing now: protection for smart home devices and IOT,” says Tobie van Schalkwyk, Business Development Manager at Duxbury Networking, the SA Netgear distributor. 

“With Netgear, this new partnership continues our mission of safeguarding people’s online lives using technology that has taken an important step forward, and in so doing, making our advanced cyber security solution available to more families, and consolidating our position as leaders of this market segment.”

Pricing and availability

Netgear Armor on Orbi is now available worldwide on all Orbi WiFi Mesh Systems with an Orbi RBR50 router, including the RBK50, the RBK53 and the Orbi Voice (RBK50V). Installation is as easy as accepting the offer and all Orbi RBR50 routers worldwide have received the firmware update to enable installation of Armor. Following the free 30-day trial, the annual subscription fee is $69.99.


Netgear Armor is powered by award-winning cybersecurity provider Bitdefender, they offer the highest level of protection and performance for over half a billion users connected to the largest security delivery infrastructure on the globe. Bitdefender’s infrastructure performs 25 billion queries per day and uses reflective models and advanced machine learning algorithms to extract malware patterns, ensuring real-time protection against any threat. It detects, anticipates and takes action to neutralize even the newest dangers anywhere in the world in as little as 3 seconds.

Advanced cybersecurity on your Wi-Fi router is good. Added security on your router, plus all your smartphones, tablets, and computers is even better. Protect your home network and devices from any malware attacks with Netgear Armor for the small fee of $69.99.

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