Why Everyone Should have a Firewall

The Internet can be a scary place.  You have probably heard the news about all the data that has been compromised from Facebook user accounts.  Even if you don’t use Facebook or social media of any kind you should still have a firewall.  It is important to know what the firewall can do and what it will not do. It is imperative to change the default password that the firewall has when it comes out of the box. A firewall protects your network from unwanted Internet traffic from coming inside your personal network.  Firewalls filter the information passed between your computer and the Internet which then either allows safe traffic through or blocks unsafe traffic.  For instance, a firewall will block unauthorized remote access to your computer. It will not block remote control apps used by technology companies or spammers that you give permission to remote control your computer.  Many scammers will have a pop up message that says your computer has been infected and to call a specific number.  Once you call they will ask to remote into your PC and do more damage and possibly steal information.  It is very important that you trust who you give remote access.  Some firewalls even have software built-in to allow them to act as content filters.  Content filters can protect you from specific file extensions, or specific website content or webpages which may be harmful. It is very important that you change the default password on your router or firewall.  Every model of firewall uses the same default username and password, which is very easy to obtain with a quick...

The Importance of Anti-Virus

We see and hear about it on the news all the time.  Somebodies system got hacked and private information was potentially stole, or people’s computers getting hacked and all their files and data getting encrypted.  Unfortunately, things like this are happening more than people know and hear about. I find it surprising that there are still so many systems out there that aren’t protected by an antivirus program. People always question why somebody would create these viruses and malicious software.  Lately I would say they are doing it for profit.  Either by encrypting data on your computer and telling you to pay for an encryption code to decrypt your files, or by Stealing passwords and other private information that would allow them to use your credit cards or purchase products through you online accounts.  Sometimes they even do it for their own personal amusement.  These viruses now days are very sophisticated.  One wrong click, something that only takes a second can completely compromise your machine. Anti-Virus programs are relatively cheap. For around $50 a year you can protect your data.  To me this is a no brainer for all time, and potentially life changing problems a virus could cause you. Imagine how much it would cost if your identity was stolen.  Don’t sit back and think this will never happen to me, or I don’t have anything a hacker would want.  Remember Hackers don’t discriminate!  Protect your connected devices.  If you need help or have questions about how to do this Call ReadiTech today.  We are here to help.   Andy Meyer – Network...