Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Norton Core in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand. I was provided with the Norton Core for free in return for my honest opinion, and I have been compensated for my participation.
While the Internet is a great resource, it can also be a dangerous place if you are not careful, and all it may take is one wrong click to expose your computer to potential malware, hackers, and other malicious threats. “But I’ve got antivirus software installed on my computer,” you might be thinking. Trust me, that may not be enough to help protect the devices connected to your home WiFi network.
Hackers are a resourceful bunch. Even if your conventional router is password-protected, cybercriminals could access computers connected to your Wi-Fi network. In addition, they’re moving beyond computers and going after mobile and smart devices connected to your home network now, leaving things like your smart thermostat at risk. So you need to make sure that your home network has protection.
The worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack was a perfect example of why it’s important to make sure that the connected devices on your home network have protection. While my primary computer is protected with the latest A/V software and running a firewall, the other computers on my network weren’t nearly as secure, and it could have been really bad. This was a huge wake-up call for me.
Enter Norton Core, a high-performance Wi-Fi router that takes a radically different approach to security. By using deep packet inspection, combined with intelligence from a global threat database, Norton Core can help fend off threats before they infiltrate your home network. Just think about that for a second. Instead of your A/V software acting reactively when malware or viruses are detected on your computer, this is able to head things off at the pass, helping keep you and your data safe and sound.
In addition, Norton Core includes a one-year complimentary subscription to Norton Core Security Plus that helps protect all of your connected devices (PC’s, mobile devices, smart devices, etc) from malware, viruses, hackers, and cybercriminals.1
Norton really thought of everything with this router. You’re able to view your security score, a readout on your network’s weaknesses and advice on how to improve your score. Furthermore, you are able to manage your entire home network with the app from your mobile devices, see what devices are on your network at any given time, and get real-time upload and download speeds. It even gives you the power to adjust Wi-Fi settings and block suspicious behavior—from anywhere.2
And as you can see, this router looks like nothing else on the market, with an attractive, abstract design that fits in anywhere. So place it wherever you like, rather than trying to hide it from view. I was a little concerned about speed and performance given the lack of visible antennas, but I am getting great speeds, even in the far reaches of my bedroom, where my old router would regularly struggle to stay connected.3
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my Norton Core, and I think it’s well worth the hefty $279.99 price tag. It is incredibly easy to setup, keeps your entire home network safe and sound, and looks great.
If you’re ready to get serious about security, then order yourself a Norton Core today. You’ll be glad you did!
1 Subscription renewal is required for security and parental control features after complementary term. Please review complete terms during setup.
2 Requires a mobile data plan or an internet connection.
3 Maximum wireless data rate is derived from IEEE standards 802.11 specifications. Data speed and range may vary due to network conditions building materials and construction, obstacles and interference. Deep packet inspection, a security feature, may also affect speed. Other adverse conditions may also lower actual data rate and wireless coverage.
Enter To Win A Carrier Cor Wi-Fi Thermostat
If you’re looking to make your home a little smarter, it’s time to invest in a smart thermostat. Sure, you probably already have a programmable thermostat that lets you turn down the heat or A/C while you’re at work, which helps to bring down your energy bill each month. But they run on simple schedules and have limited capabilities.
Enter the Carrier Côr Wi-Fi Thermostat. As the name suggests, this smart thermostat can be accessed over Wi-Fi, allowing you to control your home’s heating and cooling from anywhere in the world, as long as your smartphone has an Internet connection. Simply fire up the Côr app and adjust the temperature to your liking.
Just think about that for a second. Have you ever gone away for a long weekend in December and forgot to lower the heat before you left? Or worse yet, you go on vacation in the summer, and in order to save on utilities, you turn off the A/C complete. Sure, you save money on your utilities, but when you get back home, it can take hours for the house to cool down again!
With a smart thermostat like this, those situations are a thing of the past.
The innovative Côr thermostat is designed to combine home comfort with reduced energy use, with homeowners saving an average of 20% on their heating & cooling energy costs. Features like Ideal Away let the thermostat intelligently adapt beyond manual programming for greater efficiency, while still meeting your ideal comfort levels. Energy reports help you see exactly when your energy dollars are being spent so you can modify settings to maximize savings. It even provides you customized energy saving tips. How cool is that?
As you can see, the Côr thermostat is also pretty sharp looking, with a full-color touchscreen display (which features intuitive, on-screen prompts, along with local weather 4-day forecast), a screen off option during sleep mode, and motion sensor that brightens the screen when it senses someone approaching it. The silver bezel gives it a modern look, and it takes very little wall space, measuring at 4″H x 4″W x 1″D.
The Carrier Côr Wi-Fi thermostat retails for $250. For more information on Carrier systems, please visit www.airconditioningsoutheast.com.
As promised, we’re giving away a Carrier Côr Wi-Fi thermostat to one lucky Guys Gab reader, and it couldn’t be easier to enter the giveaway. Simply leave a comment below telling us why you want to win. We’ll pick a winner at random on June 30th at 5pm EST.
The NES Classic Edition Is Returning To Stores Next Month
Back in November 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, a mini-sized version of the iconic NES console, which came loaded with 30 popular games from Nintendo’s past. The cost of reliving those nostalgic memories? A very reasonable $59.99.
The only problem? Nintendo drastically underestimated demand for the NES Classic Edition, and they were pretty much impossible to find, and many nostalgic fans like me never could get our hands on one, even after searching stores for over six months.
And then came the death blow, the announcement from Nintendo in April 2017 that they were discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, and that if you hadn’t got one by then, you were pretty much screwed.. or forced to pay $200+ for one on eBay.
Thankfully, it looks like Nintendo had a change of heart, recently announcing on Twitter that they will be re-releasing the NES Classic Edition, with the highly-coveted retro console returning to stores on June 29th. YAAAAASSSS!
The NES Classic Edition will cost $59.99 upon its return, just as it did when it launched in November 2016. The games included on the console will also stay the same.
Here’s the full list of the games that come loaded on the NES Classic Edition:
- Balloon Fight
- Bubble Bobble
- Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
- Donkey Kong
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge
- Dr. Mario
- FINAL FANTASY
- Ghosts’N Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Bros.
- Mega Man 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
- Super C
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
As you can see, there’s a little something here for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing as a kid.
Needless to say, if you missed out on the NES Classic Edition the last time around, you’ll want to line up at the store come June 29th, as these are sure to sell out quickly!
Libratone’s TRACK+ Wireless Headphones Keep The Chaos Out And The Music In
When the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones were unveiled at CES earlier this year, I was intrigued by their Smart Noise Cancellation technology, which lets you control how much of the world you want to let in or out.
Now, active noise cancelling headphones are nothing new, and they’ve long been a must-have for frequent travelers like myself who want to “get away from it all” and just enjoy their tunes.
But Libratone has taken it a step further, with the TRACK+ offering 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation so you can control how much you hear of the world around you. You can even let Smart Mode do it for you automatically, adjusting based on your environment and activity.
When the TRACK+ detects movement like running or a workout, it will automatically allow in slightly more ambient noise so you’re aware of your surroundings. Because let’s face it, the last thing you want is to get hit by a car or bike because you couldn’t hear them coming!
Similarly, when you’re sitting still in a loud place (like an airplane or train), the earphones will cancel the maximum amount of outside noise so you can focus on the music and nothing else. And in that respect, they work incredibly well.. assuming you read the directions.
You see, during my first testing session, I wasn’t all that impressed with the TRACK+, as there was too much ambient noise coming through, even on the highest noise cancellation (-20dB) setting. The problem? The eartips weren’t forming a perfect seal with my ear. Once I switched to a larger eartip (four different sizes are provided), the difference was night and day, with the outside world completely disappearing.
Since then, I’ve taken the TRACK+ on a few flights, on a train ride to New York, and even into a crowded Starbucks. And in every case, they performed amazing well, allowing me to focus on my music, movies, podcasts, and such without being distracted by the outside noise.
Those planning on hitting the gym will be pleased to know that they have a splash-proof IPX4 rating, that the earbuds are sweat-proof, and the included sport fins allow you to run on the treadmill without concerns about them falling out. And thanks to the ANC, you can drown out those grunting meatheads and focus on what you’re there to do.
Overall, there is a lot to like about the Libratone TRACK+ Wireless Earphones, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone who’s looking to drown out some of the outside chaos. At $199, they’re not to cheapest option out there, but they’re well worth it. These wireless eadbuds offer high quality sound, 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation, long battery life (8 hours), and a sleek, minimalist design. Seriously, what more could you ask for?
Visit www.libratone.com to learn more about the TRACK+ earphones.