Keeping data safe on our computers and smartphones is a worry that concerns millions of people in the 21st century. There is a major fear that many of our technological devices are easily hackable, and that a cybercriminal could gain access to our precious information, seemingly at any time.

However, there are ways to protect ourselves. Along with learning about ethical hacking, security software companies are constantly releasing countermeasures to malware, viruses, and cybercriminals, and it turns out that Norton, in particular, has created an interesting solution.

Norton’s brand new product is called the Core, which is essentially a WiFi router that can protect any device in the home with an internet connection. The router is also said to receive regular updates so as to stay on top of any new cyber dangers. Whilst the Core itself may well be an unusual looking item, the importance of adding an extra step to preventing hackers taking control of our devices is definitely a necessary move for online security in the home.

In addition to the general public, Norton has recently been assisting small businesses with a software subscription that can cover multiple devices, which means your smartphone and PC can have equally strong protection from any online threats. The software is also said to alert Android users about suspicious mobile apps before installation; bogus apps are one of the most prevalent ways for malware to get into a smartphone.

Although it should be noted that Norton isn’t the only way to protect your devices from harm, as there are many other methods to employ. Most of these simply involve using your common sense, understanding that particular WiFi networks aren’t reliable, and trusting your phone’s own security warnings when they pop up.

Finally, the topic of data hacking doesn’t always have to be doom and gloom, as Norton apparently took a break from making security software and hardware, and made an amusing Christmas-themed commercial showing dear old Santa struggling with a computer virus. Watch the video below.

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