There are few things as important to the safety and protection of your computer as firewall protection. A firewall program prevents malware and malicious people from accessing your wireless or internet network without your permission. If a firewall isn’t in place,malware and people can connect to your network and access information from your computer,laptop,and other wireless devices.
As wireless internet becomes more popular,people don’t have to be tethered to a cord to have access to their internet or home network. Malware creators can access any devices connected to the wi-fi network and actually view,steal,or damage the information stored on those devices. Having a firewall in place means that only the people and computers you have given permission to can connect to your network which keeps your computers safe and protected.
One of the most common ways that people experience identity theft and fraud from their computer is through a break in over their network. Firewall is so important that many internet service providers either offer protection or require that people use it when connecting to the internet using their servers. If you spend a lot of time online,do online banking,store personal information on your computer,or want to prevent your computer from damage,a firewall is one of the most important steps you can take.
Many people use the firewall that is installed on their router or wireless internet device. This helps prevent people from stealing Internet from them or accessing computers on their network. In addition to a firewall,each computer in the home or office should also have malware software installed to offer additional protection. Firewall software only regulates who can access the network,so antimalware is needed to protect the computers that are allowed to access that network.
In most cases firewall protection programs automatically update themselves and require no maintenance or technical skill to keep them running properly all the time once they’ve been properly installed.
The website Free Malware has additional information that you might find useful.
Some of the best computer protection software is free. If you do an Internet search for free malware protection software you will find Malwarebytes,Avira,Avast,and AVG to be some of the best and most popular free programs available. I have tried them all and keep coming back to AVG free for persoanl use. The free programs use the same scan engine used in the commercial products and they all provide (except Malwarebytes) daily updates and scheduled scanning. They also provide free malware removal tools. I have also been using ZoneAlarm for many years since Miicrosoft didn’t provide any firewall protection with Windows XP and when they finally did it only blocked inbound threats. So if you infected while browsing you personal information could leave your computer and you would never be notified. Today most malware protection programs provide additional protection that includes firewall,email,and website scanning. All malicious programs include malware,viruses,spyware,data mining,and any other types of programs that could cause problems for users.
Windows has always been the weak link in the IT industry. Therefore over the years many large companies have migrated to Linux and for many good reasons. Linux is reliable,high performing,not as prone to malware infections,and you to own the code. Owning the code allows companies can customize and modify Linux for their own use. Even Google who has the money to run any operating system they want has chosen Linux to run their large data centers with several thousand computers each.
Data backup has also evolved over the years to include the Cloud. Now you can find services that will backup your data automatically over the Internet for a reasonable monthly fee. I still like to control my off site data storage with either flash drive,external drives,and tape disks,but the convenience of Cloud services and demanding schedules these backup services are becoming more popular.
Imaging has also become popular in computer lab and organizations with many computers. Free tools,such as,Partimage and CloneZilla are very popular. These tools can completely restore a computer in minutes whci can save a large organization huge amounts of time.
You might also try the website Free Malware for some additional information that you might find useful.