By: Rob Floyd
Our tech expert, Andrea Smith, shares some of the hottest holiday gifts of 2017!
The most important thing you need in your smart home is strong Wi-Fi throughout the house. You know, we all have that one spot, like the back guest room, that has no connectivity. Eero is a whole home wi-fi system that eliminates all those dead spots and powers all the devices you’ll be getting over the holidays. It comes with wireless beacons you plug in throughout the house to create a mesh network, so while the kids are streaming videos and music upstairs, you can still do some work or watch Netflix without buffering. It’s super easy to install in under 10 minutes and then you don’t ever have to think about it. Eero pushes the latest security updates and features right to you. Visit eero.com to learn more!
A great way to control the smart devices in your home is by using your voice. Voice assistants like the Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home make a great holiday gift. In addition to controlling devices like your lights or thermostat, you can stream music, set reminders, get the weather and even order a pizza. Click here to learn more!
If you know someone who’s getting a new iPhone, get them a stylish accessory that protects their phone from those accidental drops. LifeProof, which is known for their rugged, waterproof cases, has designed the SLAM, a sleek-looking case with just a bit of color around the edge, and a clear back to show off that new phone. Since drops are the number one cause of damage to a smartphone, this case is drop-tested to six and a half feet, it’s a great gift for active people or anyone who wants a sleek, thin design with full protection. Click here to learn more!
And because so many of us are doing holiday shopping on our phones; here’s a reminder - free open wi-fi is not secure! Hackers can access your personal data so keep your banking and passwords and shopping and credit card info safe with SecureLine from Avast. It creates a virtual private network, or VPN, that encrypts and protects your data from prying eyes, but it doesn’t slow down your shopping. Download and install the app on your mobile device, whether it’s iPhone or Android, and every time you use open Wi-Fi, like at a hotel or on a train, your data is secure. Click here to learn more!