WiFiRanger has upgraded its SafeSurf VPN system embedded in every WiFiRanger, improving security and safety of using transitory data services commonly used by the RV industry, according to MITO Corp. The service will dramatically increase connectivity security by implementing stateful packet inspection, malware interrogation, and introduce artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies to identify potential threats prior to the data being delivered to the customer.
“As an ISP, and an RV router company, we understand the constant and pervasive threat to users of the Internet,” said Kelly Hogan, CEO of WiFiRanger. “Inserting machine learning and AI in the data delivery path is the best way to stay ahead of future threats. While other RV connectivity solutions are still struggling with security issues, our latest initiative is to build upon our already solid security infrastructure, improving our SafeSurf users confidence that there is another level of inspection being done to protect their identity, data, and internal devices.”
The enhancement will be entirely provisioned at the WiFiRanger Data Center, located within its corporate headquarters in Meridian, Idaho. Users of SafeSurf will automatically be routed through the interrogation system, and threats and compromise data will be stopped before being delivered to the in-field WiFiRanger, regardless of the connection type. A free and automatic upgrade to WiFiRangers will be provided as the service rolls out in volume to its 100,000-plus customers.
“As we see RV customers installing more and more off-the-shelf IoT devices (e.g. “smart” thermostats, pet feeders, doorbells, etc.) that lack firewalls and data inspection, we went to work ensuring data delivered to those devices stays encrypted and inspected for injections of malware that could compromise the customers devices and private network,” said Hogan. “Regardless of whether connected via Wi-Fi, or LTE, all device connections need to be interrogated for veracity, due to the fact that zero-day future compromises can come from within the weakest device in a private network.”
The upgrades to the data center and service are underway, with external beta users beginning in the first quarter of 2019, and all current WiFIRanger customers using SafeSurf being routed through the new system as the AI models mature.