F-Secure Sense is F-Secure's cyber defense solution for smart homes combining hardware and software in a unique way. You can think of Sense as an advanced, high speed secure router consisting of a physical device - the Sense router - and a software app - the Sense app. The physical device creates a secure network in the home protecting all the devices in your home network, such as laptops, phones and tablets, and newer Internet of Things (IoT) devices; for example, smart thermostats or smoke alarms. The app -that you install on a smartphone or tablet - allows you to set up, configure and monitor your Sense router. With the app, you can monitor the security and privacy protection status in your home network at a glance. For those devices that leave the home network, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, you install a lightweight security software that protects the devices no matter where they are. With F-Secure Sense, your connected devices are protected from various online threats, as well as keeping your digital privacy intact by preventing online profiling and tracking. The product takes full advantage of the next generation capabilities of F-Secure's Security Cloud. Threats are blocked aided by machine-learning algorithms based on their reputation and behavior; they are "sensed" instead of "scanned".
F-Secure Sense is a secure router that sits between your modem and your connected devices in the home network. Both cabled (Ethernet) and Wi-Fi connections are supported on both sides of the Sense router. To set up, configure and operate the Sense router, either an Android or iOS mobile device is required. You start by installing the Sense app on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, which guides you through the initial setup. During the setup, you connect the Sense router to your existing home router and create a new, secure Wi-Fi network. Once you have the new network up and running, you move all your connected devices to this new network. Your smartphone or tablet acts as a "controller" enabling you to see the security and privacy protection status in your secure network. For those devices that leave the home network, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, the Sense app provides protection for your mobile devices as well. Other devices that cannot have user-installed software, such as your smart TV or security camera are protected by the Sense router by monitoring incoming and outgoing on the network level. When you purchase F-Secure Sense, you are also purchasing a subscription-based protection service that provides you with constant threat analysis and continuous updates to both your Sense router and app. As these updates take place in the background, this means you are protected from the latest threats with no action needed on your part. Related information What is F-Secure Sense? Do I need traditional security software on my desktop PC if I only use it within my Sense network? Do I need traditional security software on my laptop, phone or tablet if I have F-Secure Sense?
With F-Secure Sense, we have created a security product for the connected home that provides real-time protection for your devices at home and on the go. We have moved security analysis to the cloud, so that we can perform deep analysis even in the home environment. Our teams of dedicated anti-malware and digital security experts are constantly investigating the latest threats and trends to keep our products and services at the forefront of technology. Coupled with a high-end hardware router and current Wi-Fi technology, F-Secure Sense analyzes network traffic in the home and prevents attacks from ever reaching the various devices in your home network, which may include anything from your PCs, laptops, smartphones to Smart TVs and Smart Locks. But that's not all there is. F-Secure Sense comes with a lightweight security software that talks to the Sense router and complements the protection by giving a security overview of what's happening on your various devices within the home network. On Windows, for example, this software includes a new generation of DeepGuard, F-Secure's highly effective cloud-enabled blocker based on behavior that observes applications in their real environment and blocks them before they can do any harm. In a nutshell, F-Secure Sense combines the key cyber security technologies in a unique way in the product: Security gateway: Both inbound and outbound traffic is protected by Sense, acting as a security gateway. For devices that leave the home network, the Sense app - a lightweight security software - protects you and your device on the go. Device protection: With the lightweight Sense app installed on your devices, managing and maintaining your device security is made much easier. A Sense subscription covers all of your devices in your present home network, as well as any new devices you may add in the future. Security from the cloud: This ensures that you always have the latest protection in your home network.
A connected home has a high number of devices connected to the Internet and/or to each other. Internet connectivity has become a norm, and more and more products and devices are equipped with technologies that allow them to connect to the Internet. A research study carried out by Gartner Research* predicts that the global number of devices connected to the Internet will reach 26 billion by 2020. Some researchers forecast a figure as high as 100 billion IoT (Internet of Things) devices by the end of this decade. An average home already today has more than five devices connected to the Internet. If the above predictions come true, in the near future, our homes will have more than 50 devices simultaneously connected to the Internet. By design, traditional security software is not able to handle the protection of all these devices. This is where F-Secure Sense steps in. It is able to protect every device in your home network, be it a mobile device, a desktop device or a smart device that you cannot install security software on. Furthermore, with the Sense app, the devices that you carry with you when you leave your home are also protected. * Middleton, P., Kjeldsen, P., & Tully, J. (2013, November 18). Forecast: The Internet of Things, Worldwide, 2013. Gartner Research.
F-Secure Sense is designed to serve your smart home with any number of connected devices that belong to your household and run in your home network. This means that your Sense router does not limit the amount of devices you can have connected to it. There may be other limitations, however, in your own home network, for example the number of IP addresses allowed, that could restrict the amount of devices you can connect to the Sense router.
All connected devices, such as fridges and other home appliances, that cannot have user-installed software, are protected on the network traffic level. In a case like this, both incoming and outgoing network traffic of such a device is monitored by the Sense router.
With F-Secure Sense no traditional security software is needed. To add an extra layer of protection and gain the fullest protection with your Sense router, we advise that the Sense app is installed on your desktop computer, even if it always stays within your home network. As F-Secure Sense is using a 3-tier protection system consisting of the Sense router, the Sense app, and the F-Secure Security Cloud, these three elements work together to keep your devices safe. Note: For desktop computers, the Sense app is currently only available for the Windows PC. The Sense app for the Windows PC cannot be used to set up and configure the Sense router, however. For the set-up and configuration of the Sense router, the Sense app for either an Android or iOS mobile device is required. Support for Mac OS X is in the pipeline and on our roadmap; however, no specific details or definite date can be given at the moment. Related information How does F-Secure Sense work? What are the current protection features for F-Secure Sense? What platforms does F-Secure Sense currently support? Do I need traditional security software on my laptop, phone or tablet if I have F-Secure Sense?
With F-Secure Sense no traditional security software is needed. As F-Secure Sense is using a 3-tier protection system consisting of the Sense router, the Sense app, and the F-Secure Security Cloud, the Sense app needs to be installed on your computers and mobile devices to gain the fullest protection with Sense. In addition, the Sense app is used for the initial set-up of the Sense router. On the go when you are outside of your home network, the Sense app provides protection for your mobile devices as well. This is a lightweight software application, which consumes less device resources compared to most traditional security software. Note: The availability of protection features for F-Secure Sense varies by platform, and the features available also depends on whether you are at home in your home network or on the go. For more details, please refer to What are the current protection features for F-Secure Sense? Related information How does F-Secure Sense work? Do I need traditional security software on my desktop PC if I only use it within my Sense network? What platforms does F-Secure Sense currently support?
Preorder for F-Secure Sense is currently available in the following countries: Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Netherlands Norway Portugal Sweden United Kingdom United States The list of countries is limited due to regulatory compliance reasons. We are working hard to make the product available in more countries in the future.
We are targeting 30 June, 2017 to start shipments to end-customers that have ordered/will order from F-Secure's webstore. We will keep customers informed on the progress and the schedule. The software development schedule depends on the results of the external beta, and these results impact the final shipment date.
Product development is progressing, but it has been slowed down by a few bumps in the road. The team has agreed that cutting corners is not an option because we want to release Sense as a product we envisioned it to be -- nothing less than a game-changer for consumers and the security industry, and something that each of us developing it can be tremendously proud of. These few extra months are required to further fine tune and test the product in its current beta phase to make sure all of its features work flawlessly, as providing incomplete security is the same as not providing security at all.
We have informed our preorder customers via email, and will continue to send frequent updates on the product's development. Customers can also ask questions and read updates in our community: https://community.f-secure.com/t5/F-Secure-SENSE/bd-p/Sense.
Yes, preorder customers can cancel their order. They can do so by contacting our support: https://www.f-secure.com/support US customers will be asked to confirm their order with the new shipment date. If they do not confirm their order, the order will be automatically cancelled.
We have not charged customers that have used their credit card to make a preorder. The payment will be drawn from their account only when we ship their product. Customers that have used another payment option have been charged, and if they wish to cancel their order, we will reimburse the payment.
This table shows you the current protection features available with F-Secure Sense. F-Secure Sense uses a 3-tier protection system consisting of the Sense router, the Sense app, and the F-Secure Security Cloud. As F-Secure Sense enables protection in the home network, as well as on the go, this table also describes which features are available for either scenario. Feature Feature description Platform support in the home network Platform support on the go Antivirus Real-time file scanning on device to block malware. Network traffic scanning to block downloading malware and malicious apps On Windows On Android On Windows On Android Browsing Protection Blocks malicious or compromised sites based on URL reputation. All devices On Windows Firewall Blocks malicious or compromised sites based on URL reputation. All devices On Windows Behavior-based blocking Blocks custom malware and zero-day attacks by analyzing app behavior (DeepGuard) On Windows On Windows Anti-bot Blocks traffic from compromised device to attacker's command and control center All devices Not applicable Lateral movement prevention Blocks compromised device from attacking other devices in the home network by isolating each device into their own virtual network (see: Cross-site request forgery protection). All devices Not applicable Notifications and alerts Notifies you about relevant security events. On iOS On Android On iOS On Android Wi-Fi router features An intuitive and easy way to control and monitor your Wi-Fi settings. On iOS On Android On iOS On Android F-Secure Sense does not currently support Mac OS X or Windows Phone 10. Support for both Mac OS X and the Windows Universal App (UWP) is in the pipeline and on our roadmap; however, no specific details or definite date can be given at the moment. Extending the protection in the Sense app for iOS is also in the pipeline. Related information How does F-Secure Sense work? What platforms does F-Secure Sense currently support? Do I need traditional security software on my desktop PC if I only use it within my Sense network? Do I need traditional security software on my laptop, phone or tablet if I have F-Secure Sense?
The Sense app for F-Secure Sense has several functions within your Sense network; among others, the app is needed to set up and configure the Sense router. The Sense app also adds an extra layer of protection within your Sense network for those devices that can run the app. The Sense app currently runs on the following platforms: iOS 9; Android 4.1 and later; and Windows 7 (SP1) and later (32 and 64 bit). For the set-up and configuration of the Sense router, the Sense app for either an Android or iOS mobile device is required. Note: The availability of protection features for F-Secure Sense varies by platform, and the features available also depend on whether you are at home in your home network or on the go. For the full list of protection features, see the article: https://community.f-secure.com/t5/F-Secure-SENSE/What-are-the-current-protection/ta-p/82972 Note: F-Secure Sense does not currently support Mac OS X or Windows Phone 10. Support for both Mac OS X and the Windows Universal App (UWP) is in the pipeline and on our roadmap; however, no specific details or definite date can be given at the moment. Related information How does F-Secure Sense work? What are the current protection features for F-Secure Sense? Do I need traditional security software on my desktop PC if I only use it within my Sense network? Do I need traditional security software on my laptop, phone or tablet if I have F-Secure Sense?
This depends on your payment method: If you pay by credit card, your credit card will be charged at a later date when the product is shipped. If you pay using another payment method, you will receive an immediate charge for the preordered product. You will be informed of the product schedule closer to the shipping date. Also, please visit our website for the latest updates.
With F-Secure Sense, we have designed a product that enables you to set up a safe, secure home network for all your connected devices. F-Secure Sense emphasizes security and privacy first and foremost while offering current Wi-Fi technology. For more details, go to F-Secure Sense Technical details.
F-Secure Sense works with most IPTV-based pay TV services, such as Sonera Viihde and Elisa Viihde. Sense, however, only protects the devices that connect to the Internet via the Sense router in your home network. Some IPTV set-ups use a separate set-top box that needs to be connected directly to the modem/router in your home, otherwise the pay TV service won't work. In this scenario, the set-top box is not connected to the Sense router, which means that the set-top box and its network traffic is not protected by Sense. Some other IPTV set-ups have the IPTV functionality embedded in the modem/router. In this case, there is no separate IPTV set-top box, so your set-up and protection with Sense works in the same way as it would without IPTV.
No, not at the moment. Currently, F-Secure Sense does not support multiple Service Set Identifiers (SSIDs). However, if you still have your previous Wi-Fi network available - even if the Sense router connects through it, you can use this network as a guest network. If your guest has connected to your Wi-Fi network before, their device will most likely connect to this network automatically.
No, your data traffic doesn't get sent to F-Secure. To enable us to offer you the best protection, we need to check some parts of your data traffic. For example, based on the URL, we check that the websites you want to visit are not harmful, or we check that the files and apps you download don't contain viruses or are otherwise harmful. This analysis takes place in the Sense router, as well as in the Sense app on your device, if applicable. That is, the analysis is done locally in your home network as much as possible. If the local analysis proves inconclusive and the file or app may pose a threat, a sample of the file or app is sent to our Security Cloud for further analysis, anonymously and fully encrypted. For more information, see Security Cloud. Related information What is Security Cloud?
F-Secure Sense is a 3-tier protection system consisting of the Sense router, the Sense app, and the F-Secure Security Cloud. Within this 3-tier system, the Sense app has several functions as follows: It is required for the set-up and configuration of the Sense router. It enables constant monitoring of your network. Unlike other routers, the Sense router does not have a web interface. Access to the router is gained solely via the app, making it convenient for you to access your Sense network information wherever you are. It provides on-the-go protection for supported devices that go outside the Sense network. It adds an extra layer of protection within your Sense network for those devices that can run the app. With the Sense app installed on your Windows PC, the app provides protection for your Windows PC against malware distributed on a USB memory stick, for example. For more details about supported platforms for the Sense app, please look at the following article: What platforms does the F-Secure Sense app currently run on?
As with any new technology there are inherent risks involved. We have made good progress in tackling them one by one. We believe that the most difficult ones are resolved now. In addition, we've fine-tuned our internal operations to better focus on the essentials and we have much better visibility to the remainder of the work now.