Debunking 3 Ridiculous Myths About Firewalls

August 30, 2017Manhattan Tech Support

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By now, most people understand the importance of staying safe when browsing the Internet. Without proper anti-virus programs and firewall support, the infrastructure of any establishment can come crumbling to the ground. But before you invest in any type of firewall support, it’s important to know the facts, and there are countless misconceptions about web security floating around. Here are some of the most common myths about firewalls.

Firewalls and virus protection programs are one and the same.
Many people are under the impression that firewalls and virus protection programs are synonymous terms. While they do fall under the general umbrella category of Internet security, it’s important to make the distinction that viruses can indeed pass through a firewall. Viruses can sometimes penetrate and even shut down firewalls too, so it’s best to install a virus protection program in addition to running a firewall. Working with professional firewall consultants can help you determine your business’ security needs.

Outside threats are the only type that an IT infrastructure needs protection against.
This is a very popular yet untrue claim; surprisingly, an IT infrastructure can be attacked from the inside as well as the outside. More than half of survey respondents say their organization currently transfers sensitive or confidential data to the cloud, and many people would be shocked to find out just how common internal risks are. Reaching out to firewall experts is the best way to discover your IT infrastructure’s internal threats.

Firewalls are guaranteed to work as intended.
As with any type of digital hardware or software, the effectiveness of a firewall cannot be guaranteed. There will always be dark web users who find devious ways of breaking through even the best firewalls. This doesn’t mean you should give up hope of securing your IT infrastructure; rather, it should serve as a perpetual reminder to prioritize cybersecurity and reach out to firewall specialists to help optimize your digital security system and offer as much protection as possible.

Ultimately, being aware of these common firewall misconceptions can help you make the most logical decisions regarding your company’s Internet security. If you’re in need of high quality digital security equipment, consider Meraki, which had an installed base of 160,000 customers at the end of 2016 and 2 million devices connected globally. For more information about Meraki equipment, contact Manhattan Tech Support.

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