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required, ensuring important commu- nications can reach wider audiences and be subsequently accessed. Many NHS organisations choose Star- Leaf because of its stringent cyber-se- curity measures. StarLeaf is directly connected to the NHS’s Health and Social Care Network, meaning infor- mation can be accessed and shared us- ing a secure, private cloud connection, designed specifically for the NHS. As well as having ISO/IEC 27001 certifi- cation, StarLeaf has its own NHS spe- cific data centre, ensuring sensitive patient information discussed and ex-

It’s Halloween season and recent headlines have been filled with horror stories of appliances being used as access routes into home networks, to hack other devices such as laptops. So, Netgear is showing people how to use Netgear Armor powered by Bitde- fender to protect all the devices that we ordinarily can’t: our smart fridges, TVs, thermostats, robot vacuum clean- ers, toasters, coffee machines, baby monitors, and so on. Armor provides multi-layered cybersecurity to defend the connected home and unlimited IoT devices from online threats, home and on-the-go.


Smart appliances often receive un- encrypted firmware updates without any authentication or code-signing required, and a skilled hacker can re-

•Web Protection that helps you to browse safely by alerting you to and blocking potentially harmful webpag- es

•Bitdefender VPN that encrypts your internet connection to keep online browsing and connection to public WiFi networks private and worry-free. Existing customers can access the VPN feature for free for up to 200MB of encrypted data traffic per day per device, by updating to the latest ver- sion of the Bitdefender app •Bitdefender Security that provides on-the-go protection for iOS, MAC, Android & Windows devices •Active Vulnerability Scans on every connected device in your home


changed during meetings remains con- fidential and is transmitted and stored securely. StarLeaf’s data centres have not routed information through China, and all patient data resides within the UK.

The NHS also benefits from Star- Leaf’s

industry leading 99.999%

service availability guarantee, which ensures NHS teams have a reliable, stable means of communicating and collaborating. Mark Richer, co-founder and CEO

of StarLeaf said: “The NHS provides a vital service to all of us across the

Are your household appliances out to get you? ers a few tiresome steps.

place the factory firmware with a ma- licious one. Hacked appliances act as a WiFi access point, establishing an unencrypted, unsecured connection to a companion app. Attackers who target one appliance can gain control over others, turning on devices, hobs, water heaters, etc, displaying ransom messages and making them beep in- cessantly. Owners are forced to either pay a ransom or permanently pull the plug on their device. That’s even more alarming. Most smart home vendors don’t think this through but from there, it’s easy to access computers and other devices connected to the same network. A vic- tim likely wouldn’t even notice. Devic- es not connected to a network can be even more vulnerable and save hack-

Netgear Armor includes: •Instant Alerts to notify you when

threats are detected and blocked through the NETGEAR Orbi/Night- hawk app

•Anti-theft Protection if your devices are lost or stolen (*for Android and Windows Devices)

•Hacked appliances are also often rendered incapable of receiving firm- ware updates. If devices aren’t getting updates for the rest of their lifespan, that means a whole house filled with

Most smart home vendors don’t think this through but from there, it’s easy to access computers and other devices connected to the same network. A vic- tim likely wouldn’t even notice.

Armor runs on selected Netgear mesh router systems and routers to protect networks and connected smart home devices against ransomware, trojans, spyware zero-day exploits, rootkits, malicious links, fraudulent websites intent on stealing personal data such as passwords or credit card details, and other online threats. It’s essential- ly an anti-virus for your router rather than one you have to install on indi- vidual devices, controlled via the app. Bitdefender’s award-winning anti-vi- rus, anti-malware and data protection software for end devices is built into Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi systems and Nighthawk WiFi routers too, to make IoT security concerns a thing of the past.

country and the last few months have been testing times for everyone. We’re proud to work with NHS teams across the country,

giving them access to

secure, reliable video solutions that enable them to continue to provide first-class care and vital services, re- gardless of geography or other ob- stacles, such as the pandemic. We’ll continue to ensure that StarLeaf is a solution that people can rely upon to easily and safely connect with organi- sations such as the NHS.”

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