Last week we were on The Big 550 KTRS to talk about the importance of firewalls. No, we weren't talking about the buffer between yourself and your car engine like Guy Phillips thought! We wanted to talk about the real deal that will help to keep you safe online. So what all did our IT expert, Randy Moore, have to say for Tech Talk? We've got the scoop about firewalls and what you need to know about them.
What's a Firewall?
Firewalls act as a barrier between the internet and your network. These barriers do exactly as the name implies, acting as a wall to stop the spread of destruction from one source to another. Firewalls work to protect your device from incoming information that it has deemed unsafe. They also work to protect you from allowing cyber criminals to access your device. Firewalls act as a great first line defense in securing your devices.
The internet can be a pretty dangerous place if you're not careful. Randy Moore shared a shocking stat that on average it takes less than 20 minutes for a computer with no firewall to be attacked! Which really gets you thinking, "Are there really cyber criminals out there just waiting for me to slip up?" Sadly, the answer is yes.
Securing Your Devices
The good news is, you can buy firewall protection for your device! If you don't have it already, it's a good time to invest in some added security. There are different types of firewall protection, including business and consumer class levels of software. Randy suggested doing research and educating yourself on which grade of firewall protection might be right for you. What is right for one person, might not be right for all people. Randy's best advice is to put your critical consumer hat on and go out shopping for the right firewall for you.
That's your weekly dose of Tech Talk presented by SumnerOne on The Big 550 KTRS! For more information about SumnerOne and how we can help to protect your business's network, give us a call. We're ready to help! Be sure to tune in tomorrow afternoon for our next Tech Talk segment at 4:20. We'll be live on KTRS (550AM) with the crew for the Guy Phillips Show to share some tips about securing your webcams. Check out the full video from our segment last week down below.
Originally published July 19, 2018, updated February 11, 2019