22 May 2024

Wi-Fi 6 router with built-in VPN protection

New advanced protection features include Threat Manager (trackers and malware blocker), an ad blocker, and parental controls

ExpressVPN has announced the launch of Aircove in the UK, including brand new features to enhance security and speed for users. 

The company says Aircove is the first and only Wi-Fi 6 router that comes with built-in VPN by default and a user interface tailored for those seeking to protect their whole family. Aircove was built and designed by the same security experts who delivered ExpressVPN’s VPN software.

The company says Aircove lets users protect and encrypt every device in their home within minutes. This includes smart TVs, voice assistants and other smart home devices that aren’t usually compatible with VPN software. Aircove was first launched in the US in 2022, and has just become available to UK customers.

This is particularly important considering 81% of Britains now use smart devices for entertainment purposes, such as Smart TVs and streaming devices, and close to a third use smart devices for building safety, via smart cameras, house alarms or smoke detectors. Worryingly, a recent study found that 98% of all IoT device traffic is unencrypted, potentially allowing attackers to extract personal and confidential data via baby monitors or other smart home devices.

Harold Li, Vice President, ExpressVPN, commented: “The use of smart devices is growing significantly, and according to a recent study, the average UK home now contains nine connected devices, with the forecast being that there could be up to 50 billion IoT devices being used worldwide by 2030. Once you add traditional devices, like laptops, tablets and phones, into the fold, the amount of devices connected to your home Wi-Fi network adds up, and it becomes more difficult to keep track of them and know that every device is protected. That’s why we built Aircove, to provide users with simple, flexible VPN-protected internet connection across every room, on every device, for every household member.”

Since its initial launch in the US, Aircove has had multiple product updates delivered via the auto-update feature. The UK launch will see the addition of advanced protection features, which will be gradually rolled out to all Aircove users.

Advanced protection includes Threat Manager (trackers and malware blocker), an ad blocker, and parental controls (block adult sites and the internet at certain times). Threat Manager prevents all devices from communicating with a set of third parties known to track activity or engage in malicious behaviour. Ad blocker will prevent content identified as advertising from displaying during browsing.

 

 

 

 

Company info: Express VPN