Firewall or Antivirus – Who should you trust?

Last time we compared the effectiveness and the practical applications of the hardware firewall border securityfirewall and the software firewall. This time, we’re going to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of antivirus applications and firewall.

We’ve already covered the main aspects of a firewall, but let’s try to look at it put side by side with an antivirus.

The mail goal of a firewall is to handle data traffic security. It makes sure that no malicious data enters your computer and that no sensitive information leaves your computer without your permission. It acts as a prevention system, meant to intercept and attack before it can do any damage. If anything, you can compare it to border patrol, a security team that checks every package going both in and out. Continue reading

What Firewall Should You Use – Hardware or Software?

The most obvious answer is, of course, to use both, since they don’t exclude one another and they CAN work together. But using both at the same time might not be necessary. To understand what configuration better fits which scenario, let’s first take a look at both firewall types and see their strong and weak points.

Hardware firewall

This is the firewall that is present inside a physical device, and is the one typically found inside broadband routers. This firewall makes use of packet filtering, a process that looks at a packet’s header to collect information about it, like its source and its destination. It then compares this information with its in-build database (or with a user designated rule set) to determine whether the incoming internet traffic contains any threats. Continue reading

How Can a Controlled Insight in to Your IT Assets Reduce Financial Risk?

Before you can form a business plan, whether it’s a long or short term one, you need to know exactly what resources you have at your disposal. Knowing with whom you are working with is not enough – you also need to know with what you are working with. And today, computers are the “Swiss Army Knife” of the business world.

Having everything laid out in front of you is the best way to see the big picture, to ensure that all the parts are working towards achieving the same goal. However, a lot of companies don’t recognize the need for, and the importance of this *big picture*

More than 60% of companies worldwide have no controlled insight about their assets. Continue reading

Problem-Solving Is the Problem

The ideal scenario of preventing problems altogether needs to be reached

In a business, just as anywhere else, problems will arise. It’s human nature to forget, to be careless and to be fatigued. What’s important is to not accept it as a matter of fact. Progress, in itself, implies overcoming one’s limitations – being more that you were a minute ago. If humans would have accepted the fact that only birds can soar through the sky and only fish can scour the depths of the ocean, we never would have even invented the wheel. So instead of accepting errors, we need to be able to look past them.

No matter how quickly it’s applied, a solution implies that an error has occurred. So if finding a solution IS the problem, how do we solve this? We invest more time and resources in to a prevention system, and less in to an “it’s-broken-quick-we-need-to-stich-this-up” system. Continue reading

Hardware temperatures – the smoldering fire at our feet

Computers, just like us, have their own boiling point. Some may be able to withstand a little more, but in the end, everything burns. Unlike with people however, the smoldering fire isn’t a metaphor and the stress isn’t a metal or emotional one. The physical stress on computers is a huge one, because we use them to dump our workload onto them. And the only breaking point a machine has is its final one. If we’re overworked, pushed to the limits, we break down, but it’s not a fall we can’t get back up from. A good, sound sleep, a lavish meal and our favorite hobby are enough to get us back on track for Monday.

But computers don’t heal. Even if they’re powered down, the minor cracks that result from an entire week, month or even year of constant work, don’t heal. It’s just the opposite. They build up. They pile up. They get bigger. A computer’s state of health, regardless of its usage, can only deteriorate. Continue reading