Former Facebook Security Exec. Launches New Home Cybersecurity and Privacy Device, Vektor

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New device from Q-Branch Labs provides sophisticated, easy-to-use technology to give consumers control over their home internet network. Vektor offers a high-performance package that provides strong privacy protections including ad and web tracker blocking, VPN management, parental control and many other features to thwart hackers

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In a world where hackers can hide in your lightbulbs, talk to your children through the smart TV, and take control of your network through your internet-connected doorbell, Vektor provides the safety and security you need

Vektor, the home cybersecurity and privacy device created by Q-Branch Labs that can be easily connected into nearly any home router to provide enterprise-grade security, today launched on Indiegogo.

The Vektor builds a model of the user’s normal network traffic so it can detect unusual behavior by devices that may signal a developing attack and it automatically blocks malware that attempts to connect to control servers. A smart firewall that does not need to be managed or configured and an app interface that simplifies a large collection of cybersecurity tools make the Vektor easy to use for non-experts.

“Many consumers feel they have lost some measure of control over their home network, or their small business network, and that its complexity and technical aspects make it difficult for them to regain that control,” said Q-Branch Labs founder and former head of Facebook’s Security Tools team Jim McCoy. “With Vektor, they can retain this control even if they have no technical background.”

In addition to securing a home computer network, Vektor provides strong privacy protections including ad and web tracker blocking, Virtual Private Network (VPN) management and encryption of core internet protocols to prevent tracking by Internet Service Providers. For parents, Vektor can also give them the ability to control access times and content for children’s devices.

McCoy notes that many people are adding new internet-connected devices to their network all the time, but many are usually poorly secured, never updated and open holes in their computer network.

“In a world where hackers can hide in your lightbulbs, talk to your children through the smart TV, and take control of your network through your internet-connected doorbell, Vektor provides the safety and security you need,” he said.

The Vektor shows users all devices connected to their network, enables the creation of temporary WiFI networks for visiting guests so that you do not need to share your WiFi password, and provides a VPN-only network so that switching to VPN protection is as easy as switching to this new WiFi network.

McCoy, a graduate of Northwestern University, is a veteran of the dot-com era and a long-time security professional who ran the security tools team at Facebook that was responsible for building the tools and systems used to protect Facebook’s corporate network from some of the best hacking teams on the planet.

“While with Facebook, I discovered that my friend’s and family’s networks were just as vulnerable to hackers, but they lacked the ability to protect themselves,” McCoy said. “This put me on the path to develop Vektor to provide any consumer with enterprise-grade protection in an easy-to-use device that enables non-experts to keep their network safe.”

Vektor features include:

  • Strong cybersecurity
  • Advanced intrusion detection
  • Malware and phishing attacks are automatically blocked
  • An AI-powered firewall that learns what ‘normal’ is for the user’s network and blocks unexpected connections
  • Vulnerability scanner and protection agent that blocks known attacks on Internet-connected devices
  • Automatic updates to the latest threat intelligence available so users are protected from new attacks
  • Privacy protection
  • Ad blocking and web tracker blocking for all devices in the user’s home
  • VPN manager that extends VPN to all devices in the home, even those that normally can’t use a VPN for privacy protection
  • Network lookups and core functions are automatically protected by encryption, so the computer owner’s ISP can’t monitor them or sell their browsing data
  • Network Control
  • Shows users all connected devices in the home (even those forgotten about) and gives them the power to disable network access for any of them
  • Parental-control features that allow user to set internet limits for kids or limit them to kid-safe websites
  • W-Fi features that allow users to create a VPN-only network or a temporary network for guests that doesn’t require the owners to share their Wi-Fi passwords

For more information or to purchase Vektor at an early-bird discount during crowdfunding, visit the Vektor campaign page on Indiegogo.

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