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Comcast Launches Xfinity xFi Advanced Security for Connected Devices

The AI-enabled security offering is said to monitor, block and inform customers of online threats to smart devices connected to their home network.

PHILADELPHIA — Comcast announces the national launch of Xfinity xFi Advanced Security, a new artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled service that monitors, blocks and informs customers of online threats to connected devices.

xFi Advanced Security uses AI and machine learning technology to monitor and analyze WiFi traffic in the home, and will automatically block identified suspicious activity in real time, according to the announcement.

Using a simple, intuitive user interface, the technology is said to inform customers of blocked threats and, when necessary, provides instructions on how to further secure affected devices.

“As the digital world gets more complex, we wanted to make it simple and easy for our customers to protect their home networks. That’s why we developed xFi Advanced Security,” says Fraser Stirling, senior vice president of Digital Home, Devices and AI, Comcast Cable.  “We want to give customers digital peace of mind for the devices they already own and the confidence to expand and evolve their connected homes knowing that every new camera, voice-assisted speaker or smart thermostat they add will be protected.”

The xFi Advanced Security service protects all of the devices in a customer’s home that are connected to the Xfinity Advanced Gateway with no set-up required, other than turning the device on. There is nothing for the customer to install or configure.

Protection is automatically extended to any device that is connected to the home network wirelessly or by Ethernet. Customers can review a list of digital security-related actions that were taken each day from the xFi dashboard, which is accessible from the mobile app or online. This seamless experience is possible because the technology behind xFi Advanced Security is fully integrated into xFi Gateways.

xFi Advanced Security is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity xFi platform, which gives customers a simple, digital dashboard to set up and manage their home WiFi networks. Users can view what devices are connected to the network, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls, get notifications about activities on the home network, and even pause WiFi access to certain devices during dinner or bedtime.

Users can also ensure whole-home WiFi coverage by adding xFi Pods that plug into electrical outlets and extend connectivity to hard to reach areas of their home.

Xfinity xFi Advanced Security is available to Comcast customers who rent an xFi Gateway. The service is available for $5.99 per month, and is also available as part of a package in some markets. Customers can add it directly from the xFi app.

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