We’d like to assume that all IT departments around the nation use the best firewalls to protect their most sensitive data. Of course, that’s not always true. Many small businesses either don’t use one or install a cheap, basic firewall that is insufficient for day-to-day operations.

However, because a firewall acts as a barrier between your PC and the internet, not installing one could leave your computer open to malware attacks. According to the Internet Storm Center, an unprotected computer can be hacked in under 20 minutes. So, installing a robust firewall immediately will block and hide your computer, allowing you to safely run your business worry free.

New computers often come with a pre-installed firewall, but if they don’t, it’s usually easy to install. If you’re not sure how, your IT department can help you. Once installed, a user has the options to set security filters such as which websites the computer has or does not have access to.

Ensure your computer and company’s most sensitive information is protected by installing a quality firewall.

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