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Trend Micro launched Home Network Security

Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, recently launched a new product for the Singapore market. Trend Micro launched Home Network Security, a device that protects the home network and connected smart devices against network intrusions, web threats and identity theft. In our modern world that we live in today, powered by internet, social media and telecommunication networks, it’s not just office or outside that we are connected to the internet and social media. Most homes nowadays are connected to the internet, with a wireless router, laptops, desktops, personal cloud storage, smartphones, smart home appliances etc.

With our home connected to the internet, we are also at risk of being hacked, it’s not just businesses and offices that are more at risk of being hacked, the modern internet connected homes are just as being at risk of being hacked. Cybersecurity is now of even more utmost importance, not just at work and also at home. With the expanding internet, information technology, social media and technological devices landscape around the world, the risk of being hacked is now even higher and wider in scope.

Trend Micro newly launched Home Network Security is here to provide protection for the home against such attacks and intrusions. I would be sharing more in-depth of Trend Micro Home Network Security device as I would be doing a review on them in the next few weeks and I would also be touching on the topic of cybersecurity, a topic that I would be covering more after attending a panel session on “Crowdsourced Threat Intelligence” at CommunicAsia 2019.

Let me share with you more information and details on Trend Micro new Home Network Security:

Trend Micro Home Network Security – providing protection against network intrusions, web threats, and identity theft for every device connected to the internet at home. Home Network Security also includes parental control features that provide a safer internet for children and give parents the ability to manage family internet usage.

Today, one in five (20%) Singaporean homes is equipped with smart, connected devices – a number that is predicted to grow to one in three (32%) by 2023 (1). Most of these devices in smart homes are not protected from network attacks, web threats, and other risks, and provide new avenues for cybercriminals to attack consumers. In 2018 alone, 879 million cyberattacks were conducted through home network routers globally. Singapore ranked 8th most likely to be affected by cyberattacks out of 226 countries (2).

Trend Micro Home Network Security offers a new layer of protection for the home network and internet connected devices like game consoles, smart TVs, security cameras, smartphones and tablets, and smart home gadgets.

Tim Falinski, consumer director for Trend Micro in APAC, said these findings highlighted the growing need for stronger security across all devices accessing the internet at home.

“The rise in popularity of smart devices means homes are now more connected than ever. Families are using all types of gadgets to access the internet at home, and kids today stay on the internet for longer periods of time. While traditional devices such as laptops and home PCs are usually protected by security software, these new smart home devices are often forgotten and can be a huge security risk for families,” said Falinski.

Bernice Kwok, chief operating officer for Harvey Norman Singapore, added: “Security plays an important part in the complete package for any new smart device sale. With the increasing connectivity of the smart home, it has become essential for customers to have a compatible security solution, such as Trend Micro Home Network Security, to help keep their smart devices at home secure.”

(1 )Statista, April 2019 https://www.statista.com/outlook/279/124/smart-home/singapore 

(2) Trend Micro Smart Home Network Report 2018

Trend Micro Home Network Security also comes with parental control features that allow parents to:

  • Specify how children use the internet and prevent specific categories of websites from being accessed
  • Limit internet access to only certain periods of the day
  • Manage and create profiles for children, making it easier to set the appropriate controls for all their devices
  • Monitor or block what your kids are doing online

Availability and price

Trend Micro Home Network Security is available in Singapore from mid-July online and at Harvey Norman stores at S$299 RRP (includes Home Network Security station and two-year subscription).

Trend Micro recommends that Home Network Security be used in conjunction with Trend Micro Maximum Security for all devices.

For more information on Home Network Security visit https://shop.sg.trendmicro-apac.com/homenetworksecurity/ 

* Information and picture courtesy of Trend Micro and Archtype *

HP Introduces World’s Only Notebooks with Integrated Privacy Screens

In this era of work and productivity, we have become pretty mobile and nibble at times, working in offices, from homes, on the move outside with client appointments and meetings. Carrying a laptop is sometimes part of our equipment that we brings along for our our work.

Whether we work in office or outside while on the move, privacy and data protection are very crucial and very important elements in our work and also our personal life. Whenever we are working on our laptops, we do need to be careful of the privacy and sometimes not allow people to look at what we are doing on our computers.

HP has a solution for privacy on our computers, with the launch of their integrated privacy screens on their PCs. Let me share with you more information and details of the HP Sure View from the press release information below –

HP Inc. unveiled the world’s only PCs with integrated privacy screens. HP Sure View, a new option on the HP EliteBook 1040 and HP EliteBook 840, helps protect against visual hacking with the press of a single button.

“Today’s millennial workforce is increasingly mobile, creating new data security challenges for businesses as confidential information can be more easily hacked from a user’s screen – a process called visual hacking,” said Lionel Chng, Managing Director, HP Inc. Singapore. “The addition of HP Sure View to our PC security solutions helps address the risks associated with visual hacking and gives customers the freedom to work more confidently and productively in public spaces with the touch of a button.”


Developed with 3M privacy technology, HP Sure View eliminates the need to carry additional tools to guard sensitive information. Users simply press the f2 key to immediately transition the PC to privacy mode, which reduces up to 95 percent of visible light when viewed at an angle, making it difficult for others to view information on the screen.

“As the threat of data privacy evolves, more and more organizations are taking the issue of visual hacking seriously,” said Makoto Ishii, vice president and general manager, Display Materials and Systems Division, 3M. “Designed with more than 20 years of 3M optical films technology experience incorporated into the privacy screen, HP Sure View helps address the concern of protecting sensitive information through a world-class solution tailor-made for open work environments and for the mobile worker.”

Visual hacking is a real threat to a company’s sensitive data, as demonstrated by the “Global Visual Hacking Experiment,” a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by 3M. The study cited that nine out of 10 attempts to acquire sensitive business information using only visual means were successful, with nearly four pieces of private information visually hacked per trial2. Visual hacking can also impact employee productivity, given almost 60 percent of employees take their work outside of office walls3. A similar study by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by 3M also found that employees using a visual privacy solution can be twice as productive when working in close proximity to others4.

HP Sure View helps users work more confidently from public locations without fear of data on the screen being exposed to others. Building this technology directly into the device can help companies better comply with regulatory requirements, specifically for businesses in healthcare, public sector and finance.

“Due to the delicate nature of our medical facility, privacy of patients and their families is of upmost importance,” said Linda Ashcraft Hudak JD, CEO of George Mark Children’s House. “Solutions like HP Sure View allow us to provide our patients the attention and care they need while maintaining their privacy.”

“This exciting innovation allows users extremely easy access to privacy technology so that they can toggle it on and off at a moment’s notice,” said Michael Barrett, founder and CEO, Stealth Security, Inc. “HP Sure View is a game changer in helping them protect the sensitive data shown on their screen.”

“When it comes to protecting company and customer data, especially in the healthcare, public sector and finance industries, there must be a no compromise approach,” said Patrick Moorhead, president & principal analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy. “A solution like HP Sure View offers companies a new layer of data protection that can be easily deployed by employees, allowing them to work confidently in more places, thus increasing their productivity and efficiency.”

HP EliteBook 840


HP EliteBook 1040


HP Sure View is another solution in a string of firsts and bests coming from the company, including the world’s thinnest notebook with the HP Spectre 135, the world’s thinnest business notebook with the HP EliteBook Folio6, and the world’s first built for business 3-in-1 with the HP Elite x37.


HP Sure View is expected to be available in October as an option on the HP EliteBook 1040 Full HD touch and non-touch versions and the HP EliteBook 840.

For more information on HP’s Elite line of devices and accessories, visit: www.hp.com/elite.

* Information and pictures courtesy of HP Singapore and Porter Novelli *