There are many types of firewalls and even more features contained within these programs that can help you better protect your business. However, each of these types and their associated features can be organized into either hardware or software firewalls.

Hardware firewalls are already pre-installed on your operating system. They are easier to use because you don’t have to worry about installing them correctly. These types of firewalls include Cisco PIX, SonicWall and Symantec’s 5400 to name a few. Hardware firewalls have the reputation to be more secure than their counterparts but are much more difficult to adjust to your preferences.

Software firewalls, on the other hand, are not pre-installed. You must upload them to your computer. Types of software include Microsoft ISA Server and Symantec Enterprise. For companies that want greater control over how their firewall functions, consider purchasing a software firewall.

Contact Richmond Telecom today for more information about choosing the right firewall.