Firewall Protection - Does your firewall do
With more and more small and home based businesses getting high speed, full
time Internet connections, like Cable modem and DSL, there is an increased need
for firewall software and/or hardware to protect a computer.
A firewall can be many things, but the main thing you need to know is that
without one you are at risk of someone breaking into your computer. With people
staying connected to the Internet full time with Cable modems or a DSL line, you
are at a MUCH greater risk of someone accessing your computer from a remote
Basically a firewall limits the access to your computer from the Internet. This
has nothing to do with your website. That's your webhost's responsibility to
protect your site (which is another reason to make sure you have a reputable
firm hosting your website). We're talking about someone accessing the computer
that's sitting on your desktop right now.
I was amazed at the number of alerts I got when I first installed my firewall.
Each alert meant that someone or some automated robot was trying to access my
computer. Admittedly, if you are a small business just beginning e-commerce
operations, you are not a prestigious target for a hacker to attack. But you
might be a fun target for some 8th grader who wants to see if they can get into
Begin by immediately downloading and installing some free firewall software: You
could visit http://www.firewall.com/ for many choices and more technical
articles about firewalls.
I got my free firewall at http://www.zonelabs.com . It provides a good beginners
level of protection. http://store.mcafee.com/ has a popular firewall for about
$40.00. So does http://www.networkice.com/ that has one called Black Ice
As your business grows, you probably will want to graduate to more sophisticated
software and hardware solutions. Just know that you MUST do something and you
must do it NOW!
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