Vince Steckler lives just down the street from Mark Zuckerberg in Palo Alto. Their homes have one thing in common, besides the Crescent Park address – they are filled to the brim with smart gadgets. (avast antivirus) 

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“I've almost got forty of the connected devices at home,” says Steckler, CEO of Avast Software. His household is a real-life model of the vision the largest Czech technological company looks to follow in the coming years. It started out with antivirus programs, grew into a 435 million user business and sees its future in protecting all the things you have connected to the internet at home – from baby monitors, webcams, televisions, thermostats, and fridges, to the front door bell.


It's impossible to protect every device individually, which is why Avast is aiming one level higher: at the home network, and all the wires leading to your Wi-Fi router. Their solution is called Smart Home Security and it uses artificial intelligence to identify and block threats: through machine learning it continually “listens in” to your data streams and looks for anomalies. (avast antivirus) 

The number of devices connected  (avast antivirus)to the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) worldwide will almost triple by 2025 and break 75 billion, according to estimates. Some analyses suggest the average American household will have over 30 connected devices by 2020. There is no doubt that many of these will be vulnerable, since producers are swamping the market with new devices at an overwhelming rate, and security isn't their highest priority.

Naturally, IoT has become a key topic for Avast. “We've been working on it for quite some time. We invest a lot of money into research and development. Everyone is headed this way, but since we started early, we're hoping to get there first,” claims Steckler who spends about 10 days a month in his California home, the rest spent traveling or in his Prague office.