what is a firewall?

Firewall is a software program (or a hardware) that protects the network of computers from being compromised with hacker initiated cyber-attacks. It works as the first line of defense in network security with efficient monitoring of private network’s traffic. It prevents unauthorized access to the network and can block messages linking to unwanted content.

Ultimate Tech Support provides security of online data from malicious sources. Cyber crimes are the biggest knock back of technological advancements in the 21st century. They are the 2nd most reported crimes globally and cost enterprises huge monetary losses and reputation impairment.

We use the third generation of firewall technology, also known as Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) has evolved. It is capable of detecting and blocking sophisticated attacks with new-age security policy enforcement.

Firewalls serve as a first line of defense

1. Monitors Network Traffic

All of the benefits of firewall security start with the ability to monitor network traffic. Data coming in and out of your systems creates opportunities for threats to compromise your operations. By monitoring and analyzing network traffic, firewalls leverage preestablished rules and filters to keep your systems protected. With a well-trained IT team, you can manage your levels of protection based on what you see coming in and out through your firewall.

2. Stops Virus Attacks

Nothing can shut your digital operations down faster and harder than a virus attack. With hundreds of thousands of new threats developed every single day, it is vital that you put the defenses in place to keep your systems healthy. One of the most visible benefits of firewalls is the ability to control your system’s entry points and stop virus attacks. The cost of damage from a virus attack on your systems could be immeasurably high, depending on the type of virus.

3. Prevents Hacking

Unfortunately, the trend of businesses moving more toward digital operations invites thieves and bad actors to do the same. With the rise of data theft and criminals holding systems hostage, firewalls have become even more important, as they prevent hackers from gaining unauthorized access to your data, emails, systems, and more. A firewall can stop a hacker completely or deter them to choose an easier target. 

4. Stops Spyware

In a data-driven world, a much-needed benefit is stopping spyware from gaining access and getting into your systems. As systems become more complex and robust, the entry points criminals can use to gain access to your systems also increase. One of the most common ways unwanted people gain access is by employing spyware and malware—programs designed to infiltrate your systems, control your computers, and steal your data. Firewalls serve as an important blockade against these malicious programs. 

5. Promotes Privacy