• Checkpoint Firewalls

    Checkpoint firewalls are often overlooked when it comes to home networks and small business networks. If you are using a Netgear or Linksys router you need to pay attention. Netgear and Linksys routers basically provide network access without any real security other than port filtering. That means that it doesn’t inspect traffic of malware, viruses, or bots. This basically leaves your computers and devices wide open to these attacks, that that includes ransomware. You’ve heard of ransomware right? Ransomware is that really bad virus that encrypts all your files and locks you out of them until you pay a ransom, which can range from $700 – $2500.

    The other problem with Netgear and Linksys routers is that they are extremely vulnerable to attack. Their software has hardcoded usernames and passwords in it that allows an attacker to long into your router and take control of your network and the devices connected to it. This is really bad news. Using this type of an attack allows an intruder to access all your sensitive data and possibly steal your identity. As of this writing the average time consumers spend cleaning up identity theft is 175 hours. What does that cost you? Let’s assume you make the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, the time cleaning up cost you about $1,269 worth of your time. That doesn’t include attorney’s fees, credit freeze fees, and other miscellaneous costs.

    Checkpoint Firewalls and Your Network

    So what do Checkpoint firewalls do that the others don’t? Checkpoint firewalls inspect the traffic as it’s being downloaded to your computer or device. This means if you happen to be downloading a virus the firewall will detect it and block it. The firewall also has a database of compromised websites that will try and force malware on you behind the scenes, the firewall will also block this traffic.

    Checkpoint firewalls also allow you the ability to block certain sites and categories of sites. For example, you can block all sites that are adult material related to prevent children from accessing them. Checkpoint firewalls also have logs you can review for troubleshooting or to detect issues on your network.

    Setting up a Checkpoint firewall can take as little as 5 minutes for a basic configuration. Advanced configurations such as VPN access, network segmentation, and remote access may take a little longer.

    Security Checkup

    Seeing is believing and we are willing to back up what we say. If you really want to see what’s happening in your network we offer a free security check using a Checkpoint firewall. The security checkup allows you to see what the Checkpoint firewall would have detected and blocked as compared to your current router. You might be surprised to see what’s happening on your network.

    Call 405-796-6548 and talk to Joe Sullivan to schedule your free security checkup today.

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