Are you protected?

It’s 2:00 AM – do you know what your PC is doing? 

If not, you are probably not running a firewall to protect your system. Without the proper firewall protection, your data is extremely vulnerable and can be easily compromised. 

 

Personal PC Firewall

If you use a high speed internet connection such as DSL or cable, a firewall is just as important to your PC and your personal information as a virus scanner.

A firewall is a type of software that monitors all of the incoming and outgoing Internet connections – acting like a guard dog watching your front door. Luckily setting up a firewall can be relatively simple. For example, Windows XP users have a built-in firewall that can be turned on or off in the Control Panel. If you are using an operating system other than Windows XP, there are options. Some virus scanning software makers (such as Norton Internet Security, McAfee Virus Scan, and Trend Micros’s PC-Cillin) now offer Internet security programs that include virus scanning and firewall programs, as well as spyware detectors. If your virus scanning software doesn’t have a firewall built in you will need to get a separate program.

The bottom line is that if you use high speed Internet, you must have a firewall. There are plenty of ways to get one, many of them are free.

Data Center Firewalls

Whether you have your own server hardware or are using hosted servers, a firewall is the only point of protection for your data or corporate information from the hackers and Trojans in the world. A firewall is equipped with rules that allow or deny traffic to and from your servers. If the computer trying to access your server doesn’t meet the criteria of those rules, they will be denied access. Which means your registry won’t be open to the world, hackers will not be able to steal important corporate data, and you won’t have to worry about any compliance issues such as PCI or HIPPA.

If you are using a hosted server, you may be given the option of a shared firewall or a dedicated firewall service. The shared firewall could consist of tens of thousands of rules to allow or deny access to the world. However if your hosted server requires you to follow compliance regulations, access policies or logging requirements, a dedicated firewall service is your best bet due to the ability to lock it down to specified traffic, increasing the security of your corporate data and information.

If you have any questions regarding firewalls, our firewall administrators are all certified in Juniper firewalls.

Call today – we’d be happy to help!

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