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Smart Home cybersecurity gets fully mobile with the newly redesigned, expanded Avira Home Guard

Tettnang, Germany, November 11, 2019 - Avira Home Guard makes it simple to assess your home network security, with its ever-growing assortment of smart devices – right on the device you hold in your hand or on your lap.  

Avira Home Guard is a free app that helps you live more easily and securely in your smart home. Its three major functionalities include identifying all devices on your Wi-Fi network, checking for open or unsecured ports, and testing internet speed. 

Avira Home Guard has now been expanded to include an iOS variant alongside the previous Android mobile app and the Windows version. By expanding Home Guard to include all three major operating systems, Avira is making its network analysis and security recommendations easier to use at any time and with almost any device. “With each new device we connect to our home networks, we’re unknowingly entrusting companies with our digital traces. We believe everybody should be able to see what devices they have on their networks and how their data is handled, in an easy and simple manner. At Avira, we’re fighting hard for this essential right in the world of connectivity. Home Guard is a key product in our mission” said Andrei Petrus, Avira Director of IoT. “By adding iOS and updating the Android product, we are empowering the vast majority of online people to get an easy free look at the security and privacy issues on their home network.”

Your house is getting smarter

The size of the average smart home is growing. In the first five months of 2019, Avira Home Guard scanned more than 3 million networks in over 30 countries and found a global average of 8 IoT devices per network. Not all nations were sized the same, at least when it comes to home networks. The UK took the lead position with more than 12 devices per network, far outpacing the global average. American households in the USA were also above average with average of 11 devices per network as was Italy with 9. Surprisingly, both Germany and France had home networks smaller than the global average, checking in at 7 devices per network, respectively. This can only mean there’s a steep growth ahead.

The smart conundrum

But it’s not just the sheer number of smart devices out there, it’s also a question of what these devices can be doing in your home and what information about you they are sending back to their masters. Smart devices have a deserved poor reputation for security issues thanks to default passwords and opaque update policies. Smart devices aren’t very privacy conscious either, allowing trackers in and sending out a huge amount of data – often unencrypted – about your online life. Even worse, it’s often not clear how many of these smart devices are on your network (some of which might belong to your next-door neighbor), who they are exchanging data with, and whether this outflow of your personal data is really needed. 

Do a triple play with Avira Home Guard

Avira Home Guard provides you with three major benefits as it tackles the issues on your network. 

  1. Maps out your Wi-Fi network – Identifies every device connected to your smart home network, including laptops, phones, as well as smart thermostats, smart TVs, baby monitors and internet connected appliances.  
  2. Scans all detected devices for security issues – Looks for open or unsecured ports which could be used by a hacker to penetrate your network and spy on you.
  3. Checks your Wi-Fi connection – Home Guard tests the Wi-Fi speed of your home network, displaying download and upload speeds, and ping latency.

Get Avira Home Guard today  

Avira Home Guard is a completely free app and can be downloaded from App StorePlay Store or from Avira website.

Important: Your current Windows version is outdated and no longer supported.
For your security, we recommend switching to Windows 10 before downloading Avira software.
Update your Windows version here.
Wichtig: Ihre Windows-Version ist veraltet und wird nicht mehr unterstützt.
Zu Ihrer Sicherheit empfehlen wir Ihnen den Wechsel zu Windows 10 vor dem Download unserer Software.
Hier können Sie Ihr Windows aktualisieren.
Important: Votre version actuelle de Windows est obsolète et n’est plus prise en charge.
Pour votre sécurité, nous vous conseillons de passer à Windows 10 avant de télécharger le logiciel Avira.
Mettez à jour votre version de Windows ici.
Importante: Tu versión actual de Windows está desactualizada y ya no es compatible.
Por tu seguridad, te recomendamos que instales Windows 10 antes de descargar la solución de Avira.
Actualiza aquí tu versión de Windows.
Importante: La tua attuale versione di Windows è obsoleta e non è più supportata.
Per la tua sicurezza, ti consigliamo di passare a Windows 10 prima di scaricare i software Avira.
Aggiorna la tua versione di Windows qui.
Importante: Sua versão atual do Windows está desatualizada e não tem mais suporte.
Para sua segurança, recomendamos que troque para o Windows 10 antes de baixar o software da Avira.
Atualize sua versão do Windows aqui.
Важно: ваша версия Windows устарела и больше не поддерживается.
Из соображений безопасности перед загрузкой ПО Avira мы рекомендуем перейти на Windows 10.
Обновить Windows вы можете здесь.
Belangrijk: Uw huidige versie van Windows is verouderd en wordt niet meer ondersteund.
Voor uw veiligheid adviseren wij u om over te stappen op Windows 10 voordat u de Avira-software downloadt.
Update uw Windows-versie hier.
Önemli: Kullanmakta olduğunuz Windows sürümü eski ve artık desteklenmiyor.
Güvenliğiniz için Avira yazılımını indirmeden önce Windows 10 sürümüne yükseltmenizi öneririz.
Windows sürümünü buradan güncelleyin.
重要 : 現在お使いの Windows バージョンは古いため、サポートされなくなりました。
安全のため、Avira ソフトウェアをダウンロードする前に Windows 10 に切り替えることをお勧めします。
こちらより Windows バージョンをアップデートしてください
重要信息 : 您当前的 Windows 版本已过时,并且不再受支持。
为了安全起见,我们建议您在下载 Avira 软件之前切换到 Windows 10。
在此升级您的 Windows 版本
重要資訊 : 您當前的 Windows 版本已過時,並且不再受支援。
為了安全起見,我們建議您在下載 Avira 軟體之前切換到 Windows 10。
在此升級您的 Windows 版本