December 20, 2019 BY Phillip Tuckwiller
Everyone is online and the need for reliable internet security is greater than ever. Someone is becoming victim to a hacker every 39 seconds, according to a Clark School study at the University of Maryland, with hackers affecting one in three Americans every year. Small businesses are at a huge risk — 43% of cyber-attacks are targeted at them while a total of 64% of businesses reported experiencing web-based attacks. The importance of having reliable and manageable internet security cannot be understated.
Breaches in security are not an expense-free fix, either. Juniper Research estimates the average cost of a data breach will exceed $150 million in 2020.
Hackers don’t only target businesses either. Since 2013, approximately 3,809,448 records have been stolen every single day. Cyber-attacks largely contribute to stolen identities. In 2018, 680,000 people were victim to identity theft due to mobile account takeovers.
Thankfully, there are ways to protect yourself online.
Get a Firewall
A firewall is the most basic and common method of blocking unwanted hackers and viruses. It is built into every security program available. It’s not an actual wall of fire in your computer, but that is a good way of thinking about it; it burns and deflects everything that you don’t want getting into your network. Unless you recently replaced your firewall or paid for an update it probably isn’t working properly.
A firewall protects vulnerable devices that are connected to the internet by protecting your computer from unwanted access, identifying and blocking undesirable content, preventing worms, viruses and malware and it helps keep your information private.
There are multiple types of firewalls, the most common are: client-based and appliance. A client firewall resides on your computer or device while appliance firewalls are often used on networks. Appliance firewalls have drastically changed over the last few years.
A smart firewall should be the baseline level of protection you have. It is a 20-year-old piece of technology and, in some cases, does need a boost to help performance, especially if you’re a user of cloud computing.
SimpleWAN offers Cloud Firewall Protection to manage and monitor your device’s security from the cloud. It targets malicious activities as it happens and notifies you of risks in real time. Because it’s through the cloud, the service is 24 hours a day, seven days a week and runs autonomously.
Internet Security Software
There are hundreds of software programs that promise to offer internet security for your individual device. Many of them offer protection for up to 5 devices, making them perfect for your home network.
So which software program should you use to protect your home? PC Magazine ranked the top security suites in 2019. Here are the top three:
Bitdefender Internet Security offers VPN, firewall, antispam, and parental control. Bitdefender has outstanding scores in malware protection and antivirus tests and has multilayered ransomware protection. The drawbacks are that unlimited VPN access requires a separate subscription and parental control is not fully functional on iOS devices.
Symantec Norton 360 Deluxe offers full coverage with VPN, firewall, antispam, parental control, backups and tuning. Norton 360 has no limits to their VPNs, has top scores in malware protection and malicious URL tests and is self-sufficient. The cons are that security is limited on iOS devices and there is no parental control for macOS.
Kaspersky Internet Security has top-notch scores from four antivirus lab tests with the best anti-phishing score on the market. When it comes to mobile devices, Kaspersky offers unparalleled protection. The biggest drawback is that some features are not user friendly, making it difficult to find some settings.
All of the above options are client-based protection that offer private network protection across a public network. These options are good for protecting your home, but do not extend beyond that. If you’re connected to the internet at work, your device is still protected, but your network is not.
Protect Your Business Network With Secure SD-WAN
As a business owner or school, it is always a good idea to double up and invest in a new tech type appliance firewall so your entire network and all of the devices on it are protected. SimpleWAN partners with Comodo Cybersecurity so call SimpleWAN customers have access to Comodo Dome Secure Web Gateway, which prevents persistent threats, infections, malware, ransomware and next-gen threats.
SimpleWAN users are protected from the Shodan hacker database. Shodan is a search engine that allows hackers to view and track all of your connected devices. This protection through our cybersecurity package is real time and adds instant protection.
SimpleWAN also has a nationwide ISP outage map. It is an included service using SimpleWAN’s internal monitoring to give businesses and owners an insight into internet connectivity in real time of your entire neighborhood.
Contact us today if you want to give your network another level of protection through SimpleWAN.