Update: This article was written during the launch of Fingbox. Our home network security device is now successfully launched and available for purchase.
20 May 2017 – Over the weekend our home network security device hit an incredible $750k in funding – that’s 2900% over our original $25k target! To go from our little free network scanning app to this level of funding really means a lot to the whole team behind Fing. We currently have almost 10,000 backers from 120 countries around the world!
OUR BACKERS SMASH THE 2nD AND FINAL STRETCH GOAL FOR THEIR NETWORK SECURITY DEVICE
20 January 2017 – Back from the Christmas holiday, it didn’t take our backers long to smash our $500k stretch goal, securing them the highly-anticipated Home Digital Fence. This new feature alerts you when any WiFi enabled device is in the proximity of your Fingbox, whether the device is logged into your home network or not! How about that for complete home network security?
OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN COMES TO AN END
23 December 2016 – Two days before Christmas and just over a month after the official launch of Fingbox, our campaign closed and went into Indiegogo’s ‘In-Demand’ mode. There was an amazing push from our backers to try and hit the final stretch goal of $500k in order to add another new home network security feature, but we finished just short at $435k, with 6350 backers. Although we didn’t hit the final stretch goal, we were still blown away by the support of our backers and to finish at $410k over our original target! We left for our festivities full of home networking cheer!
5000 WONDERFUL BACKERS
15 Dec 2016 – In the lead up to Christmas, we had an overwhelming amount of support from our backers, with them sharing the campaign across social media to get the word out there about our little home network security device. By mid-December, we had 5,000 people supporting Fingbox.
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR OUR HOME NETWORK SECURITY DEVICE
4 December 2016 – Two weeks after the official launch of our campaign we were very excited to announce to our $250k stretch goal had been hit! This meant the addition of the Hacker Threat Check – a very clever security feature that scans your home network ports and passwords for risks of being hacked.
FINGBOX, HOME NETWORK SECURITY DEVICE, IS LAUNCHED!
21 November 2016 – A week after our Early Bird launch, our Indiegogo campaign officially began. It was amazing to see our incredible backers spreading the word about our home network security device far and wide. By the end of the day over 2200 backers had supported the Fingbox campaign.
WE HIT OUR FIRST STRETCH GOAL AND ADD A NETWORK SECURITY FEATURE!
18 November 2016 – Two days after our Early Bird campaign opened, and before we had even officially launched, we were blown away to reach our first stretch goal of $100k. This goal meant the addition of a remote access function to Fingbox. This feature supports a web portal connection via mobile app to your home network devices, allowing you to access your devices from anywhere in the world. This is great for troubleshooting your IoT or checking in on IP cameras.
OUR EARLY BIRD CAMPAIGN OPENS
16 November 2016 – The 16 November will always go down as a proud day in Fing’s history. Not only did our Fingbox Early Bird campaign open to our hardcore Fing fans, but our $25k fundraising goal was smashed within 1 hour of its release! With the required goal to get our home network security device off the ground reached, the whole team was cheering to see that Fingbox would actually become a reality for our users. By the end of the day, we had raised over $70k and had the support of 1140 backers!
AND IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS NETWORK SCANNING
The Fing network scanning app was created in 2009 by our wonderful founders, Marco and Carlo. After years of continuous development, the founders wanted to take Fing’s network scanning abilities to another level. So in early 2016, we reached out to our Fing users to see where they wanted to take their network scanning capabilities next. An overwhelming number of people said that they would like Fing to be able to block an unwanted device from their home network when an intruder was discovered. This got our Founders thinking – unfortunately, this isn’t possible with an app, but it could be possible with a hardware component. From this, Fingbox was born!