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Internet security is essential, just like internet access itself. A high-speed connection alone cannot keep you safe for long when you are as connected to the World Wide Web as the digital lifestyle necessitates. Ensuring all your connected devices are secure from cyber threats is a critical aspect of internet access. The reason why Xfinity from Comcast not only delivers the fastest speeds over the largest Gig-speed network in the U.S. but ensures customers have the tools that make their experience secure.

Our article today looks at how the xFi WiFi Gateway, which sits at the core of the Xfinity Internet experience, delivers the fruits of the latest in technology in terms of secure connectivity. Read on to inform and find out what you must know so as to take full advantage of your Xfinity xFi setup.

Xfinity xFi Gateway with xFi Advanced Security 

Your Xfinity xFi Gateway is a wireless modem plus router that delivers an exceptional internet experience when you set up your in-home WiFi network via this high-end device. It is an all-rounder that not only delivers encompassing WiFi connectivity with maximum speed and network security, but connects your Xfinity Voice service, works with your Xfinity X1 TV, and runs your Xfinity Home service.      

And xFi Advanced Security comes built-in with the Xfinity xFi Gateway - at no added cost. It is a progressive and more customizable security solution for your home network which protects your computers, mobile phones, smart home, and security devices - essentially any device that is connected to the Internet via the Xfinity xFi Gateway.

You don’t need to install any hardware, and the built-in xFi Advanced Security can be activated in a matter of minutes. All you need to do is enable it via the Xfinity app or the xFi website, and place your entire network under its protection.

xFi Advanced Security: Features & Benefits  

As we said, it is very important to have internet security tools in place in today’s time, especially in the wake of increasing cyber security hazards. You need to protect not only your computers but all your connected devices. Especially when you have a home security system it becomes a prerequisite.

If your home network is not secure, your devices can easily be hacked, and once your devices are breached it will not be difficult for intruders to intrude into your home security system. Apart from your home being at risk, a lack of advanced internet security can also result in multiple hazards like identity and data theft, which could be far more damaging.

xFi Advanced Security has all the internet security features that are much needed in today’s times to fight increasing forms of cyber threats. With Xfinity virus protection you render your connected devices safe from viruses. It blocks off malicious websites, gives you firewall protection, and more, in order to provide maximum security to your home network.  

Saves You from Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks can be a hassle and they not only expose you to risks of data and identity theft but due to these attacks, your home security can also be endangered. Xfinity Internet security, helps you identify and avoid risky sites that could victimize you via a phishing attack.

Blocks Remote Access to Your Home Devices

As we said, once your home network gets exposed, you get vulnerable to attacks and cybercrimes such as data theft, hacks, identity theft, and much more. This way anyone can hack your systems, dismiss armed devices and easily break into your house. The Xfinity xFi Advanced Security saves your devices and blocks remote access from known dangerous sources.  

Helps You Monitor Your Devices

When you don’t monitor your home devices and network, you often miss one thing or the other and unknowingly expose yourself to suspicious activity. One of the best features of Xfinity Internet Security is that it lets you monitor your devices in real-time, and alerts you if it spots an unusual activity pattern that may be indicative of a lingering threat.

Lets You Keep Track with the Complete Dashboard 

With multiple devices, which are covered by individual security programs, it gets exceedingly difficult to catch up on the security status of each. xFi Advanced Security takes this hassle away by making your entire network secure at the root level. It not only provides you with real-time notifications but gives a complete dashboard that lets you view and manage security risks right from the Xfinity app or xFi website.

Adapts To Your Home Network  

The best thing is Xfinity Internet security is designed to adapt itself to your home network. Because when your personal security system knows your activity pattern, it gets easier for it to understand things if something goes wrong. Also, it gets smarter with time to keep up with emerging security threats, and constant updates make it more able to deliver maximum security to all your connected devices.    

Xfinity xFi Advanced Security: How to Get Started

Well, as we said earlier all you need in order to get started with xFi Advanced Security is the Xfinity xFi Gateway which costs you $14/mo. on top of your Internet service plan, and the Xfinity app on your smartphone. You can however also use the xFi website to set things up. Whether you are using the app or the website, navigate to Advanced Security via the Connect tab and just Turn On network protection.

Security Status

Once your xFi Advanced Security is enabled, you will see the status of security activity in the Overview section on both the mobile app and website. The Overview tab allows you to view network details, monitor all profiles, and create new ones, as well as restart your Xfinity xFi Gateway.    

xFi Advanced Security Dashboard

The Advanced Security dashboard gives you a complete overview of the security risks detected in the past seven days, and the devices that might have been affected.

Xfinity Advanced Security: Managing Security Risks

The security threats detected by the Xfinity Internet security are divided into two categories. Some are for the purpose of awareness, and others require serious attention. Some risks are simpler and more easily tackled, while others demand the user take further measures to prevent another occurrence.

Awareness only threats  

These include suspicious websites that you might have visited. While this does not require action, you will be sent alerts so you’re aware that such websites are risky. The threat details page provides you with a listing of risks associated with a certain device when it has been blocked from visiting a suspicious site. In order to allow yourself to visit such a website for a limited time, you can select Allow Access.  

Threats That Need Action

These include targeted network attacks, any suspicious activity, and unauthorized access attempt, etc.  When such a security risk occurs, the more vulnerable devices are more prone to falling prey, and potentially expose your home network to a variety of cyber threats.

In such a case, on the dashboard, you will see an alert at the top that indicates which device(s) require you to take action. All you then need to do is select a device and access the threat details page where you will find the Help Me Fix It tab. Click on it to find out how to resolve the issue.

Tips on How to Resolve Security Risks

  • Disconnect your device from your entire network in order to save other devices from the exposure to viruses or threats
  • Keep your device’s software up to date by using the update feature in Settings.
  • After you have updated the software, restart your device to complete the update process. This will put a stop to any existing communication with a risky website.
  • Make sure port forwards are set up correctly for your devices and are not open to outside access.

Conclusion

With today’s situation on the internet and the rise in cybercrimes, even if you do have basic internet security, it is not enough. You either need to be careful and well-aware yourself or get extra security on your devices. That is why Xfinity includes its xFi Advanced Security in the rental fee for the Xfinity xFi Gateway.

We hope this overview of Xfinity xFi Advanced Security is helpful. If you are not yet an Xfinity customer by any chance, you can check out your service plan options complete with the xFi experience by speaking to a representative at 1-844-207-8721. And if you are a current customer without the xFi Gateway, we recommend you switch to this high-end product if you wish to enjoy a fast and secure in-home network for $14/mo., a deal that is worth it!

FAQs

Can I get a discount if I bundle Xfinity’s services?

Yes, when you bundle 2 or more Xfinity services, you become eligible for a multi-product discount. Explore your Xfinity bundle options, or call us at 1-844-207-8721.

What is the primary purpose of the xFi Gateway?

The primary purpose of the Xfinity xFi Gateway is to provide optimum WiFi connectivity for multiple devices with your Xfinity Internet. It is a dual-band wireless gateway device, a modem-cum-router combo, which comes with built-in xFi Advanced Security.  

How much does the Xfinity Flex 4K box cost?

The Xfinity Flex 4K box comes free with your Xfinity Internet-only plans.

How much is xFi Advanced Security per month?

Xfinity Advanced Security comes free with the xFi Gateway. The dual-band wireless modem router is an add-on that costs you $14/mo. on top of your Xfinity Internet plan, and it has the Advanced Security built into it.