The ThingzFirewall Box has the following items
ThingzFirewall displays its status in different colours with the help of a front mounted LED. These LED have the following representations:
ThingzFirewall supports the following connection modes:
ThingzFirewall dashboard will be accessible after the successful completion of the configuration steps. The application will notify you on the occurrence of the network events of your interest. The dashboard of the application is divided into five parts: Internet usage, network monitoring overview, system usage, network monitoring and network security.
You can view the internet volume usage insights of the smart home network within the time frame of 24 hours i.e.
Under the notifications section, ThingzFirewall provides the usage insights of this solution to gain a better understanding of the network activities going on.
Under the Devices section, ThingzFirewall provides the connected devices information. It gives an overview of the device and quick control panel to monitor and control the following attributes of the listed devices:
Under the Threats section, ThingzFirewall provides the following connected devices information. The following information can be accessed via device profiling:
The following statistics will be displayed for each of the connected devices:
The Network Monitoring section helps you to monitor and control a number of parameters such as the following.
The goal of ThingzFirewall is to make managing different activities in your network easier to control and monitor. Under the children behavior tab, you can easily monitor what your children are doing on their Internet connected devices. It helps to protect the children from cyber bullying, online predators and other harmful or adult content related social media applications. ThingzFirewall gives you statistics about their activities and interests.
The device specific features included in ThingzFirewall Children Behavior monitoring are:
All the information of the connected devices are shown in the ThingzFirewall application in a more detailed way. This module is present in Children Behaviour named as Children Behaviour Logs. In Children Behaviour devices’ communication history was categorized in 12 different categories and the information was shown statistically which means how many percent specific category websites are accessed by the connected user/device. With this information, Children Behaviour Logs shows category wise detailed information which contains link of websites accessed by the user/device as well as the number of times that specific website is accessed by the user. In this way, children’s behavior can be monitored in depth. Children behavior logs displays the following information:
ThingzFirewall Adult feature allows you to block access to adult websites and makes you able to lock inappropriate content on your children’s devices, and shield your kids from adult stuff.
Safe Search is a feature offered by ThingzFirewall that blocks offensive content from search engines and makes Internet search playgrounds safer for everyone. It filters out any inappropriate content such as adult content from our search results.
● To turn on this feature, just tap on the Safe Search button on the main page, then swipe the Safe Search button to turn it on.
ThingzFirewall shows the physical topology of the home network under consideration. It shows the interconnected structure of a local area network (LAN). It gives the holistic view of the devices connected to the network. Physical Topology representation provides following information.
The set of elements that collectively impact the security of your network can be managed on the desired level of granularity such as:
ThingzFirewall helps to analyze a specific device behavior for a selected period of time. With the help of behavioral analysis of the device, the user will be able to see if the device shows any anomalous , unpredicted or unusual behavior within the selected timeframe. If the device shows any out of the bound behavior as compared to the normal device profile, then the Device Profile feature of ThingzFirewall app generates an alert. Following are the steps to set the device profile of a specific device:
4. Add Profile option will appear where you can set the start date and end date of the device profiling.
5. You can set the Start Date, Start Time, End Date and End Time of the device profile.
ThingzFirewall provides Artificial Intelligence based threat detection. Following facilities are provided by AI Detection. Notifications include the decisions that are pending from the user.
To turn on this feature, just tap on the AI Detection button on the main page, then swipe the AI Threat Detection button to turn it on.
ThingzFirewall app Lite allows users to set security policies for a specific device present in the home by restricting it from connecting specific domains, IP addresses and remote ports. This feature is very effective in controlling the Internet usage behavior of children or any other specific device. For each device, specific security policies can be defined which will not alter the security policies associated with other devices. Following are the steps to set security policies.
2. Select Block Target and specify the domains, IP address and remote ports which should be blocked for a specific target device.
3. After setting the block targets, the user can select the specific device on which the user wants to implement these block targets. Users can also select “All devices” to apply the block target on every connected device. You will be able to view the list of network devices.
Open ports are ports which are open for the world to communicate with your home devices. One should have as few as possible because of security considerations. ThingzFirewall allows us to control the opening of these ports. You can view the list of open ports for a specific device and can block the unwanted ports using the Security policies feature of ThingzFirewall.
Following are the steps to view external and internal ports for device communication.
A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is an encrypted connection over the Internet from a device to a network. The encrypted connection helps ensure that sensitive data is safely transmitted. It prevents unauthorized people from eavesdropping on the traffic and allows the user to conduct work remotely. ThingzFirewall provides the VPN facility. Following features are provided in VPN to facilitate users:
To configure VPN, follow the following steps.
ThingzFirewall Antivirus support prevents and detects viruses from the devices connected to the ThingzFirewall network. It runs in the background to provide real-time protection against virus attacks. On detection ThingzFirewall notifies and blocks the virus content to get into the device.
The ThingzFirewall also has support for phishing detection and prevention. If any connected device in the network attempts to perform a phishing attack or becomes a victim, the ThingzFirewall detects it, informs about the phishing domain and blocks it.
ThingzFirewall default settings should work out of the box for most of the time, but sometimes you may want to tweak the settings to meet your own needs. Following are listed in the settings section.
The logged-in user can add some other Thingzfirewall and view its dashboard. “Add new device” feature will help the user to add a new firewall as well as authenticate the user. In such a way, only the authorized user can get the access to the ThingzFirewall dashboard. In order to add a new device to the logged-in user, you have to go to the settings and
The firewalls that are registered with the user’s login are kept in record. This is where our feature “Add New Device” would take place. This would display the number of Thingzfirewalls registered or linked with the existing logged-in user.
ThingzFirewall supports the following connection modes:
WiFi Mode: In this case you connect the ThingzFirewall with your home router provided by your ISP. The User will connect the device with ThingzFirewall WiFi. Firewall will work as a DHCP client of your router but monitor all the traffic coming in or going out of your router. By default ThingzFirewall is in “WiFi Mode”.
If you want to switch the ThingzFirewall from “DHCP Mode” to WiFi, you have to perform the following steps.
DHCP Mode: This is the most secure connectivity mode that offers routing functionality along with the security. Your home router will become a client and its DHCP mode will be disabled to enable connectivity of all the home devices to ThingzFirewall. Home devices can connect to the Wi-Fi access point “ThingzFirewall”.
If you want to switch the ThingzFirewall from “WiFi Mode” to “DHCP Mode”, you have to perform the following steps.
In case the logged-in user wants to reset the Login ID password. He/she can reset the password very easily from the ThingzFirewall application. In order to reset the password, you need to perform the following steps,
This resets all the blocked rules and features applied to your network or devices. It would reset all the data of your ThingzFirewall including all the logs.
WARNING: It will delete all the rules, policies, profiles, logs etc.
To reset application data,
If you want to change the default ThingzFirewall WiFi settings, you can change them from the application as well. You just need to follow the following steps,