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Internet Security: Antivirus and Firewall

Internet Security: Antivirus and Firewall

 

Viruses & Firewalls - Your One & Only Warning!!!

Viruses Abound!!!  Protect your computer & networks now!!!
In the not-to-distance past, it was not typically necessary to have up-to-date anti-virus software on all computers that access the net.  The chances of getting a virus were so remote that one could be naive to the problem and not be affected.
WAKE UP, times have changed!!!!!  Recently, we have seen an incredible increase in contamination attempts and viruses found on systems connected to the net.  It’s imperative that anti-virus software be installed, activated and kept up-to-date with current virus definitions on ALL computers that are used to access the internet!  It is your responsibility to maintain current anti-virus software, and to do everything in your power to protect your network from viruses and hackers.  We recommend either one of these antivirus applications, which you can easily purchase either online or from any office supply or computer store:
Ideally, you want to purchase INTERNET SECURITY software, which includes both antivirus and firewall protection:
1. AVG Business Security Suite: http://www.avg.com/us-en/business-security
2. Symantec Endpoint Protection: http://www.symantec.com/solutions/smallbusiness/
3. Vipre Business Protection: http://www.gfi.com/business-antivirus-software
We have seen that most practices have had antivirus software on their computers, but it was not automatically updating the virus definitions!  This function was left up to the user, and it was not be performed on a regular basis.  For this reason, we are requiring ALL computers that access the net to have either application mentioned above operating !!!  These applications will automatically update the virus definitions, requiring no input from the user!
Now, you think that's that!  You might say, "With this software, I'm protected from the dangers of the net!" WRONG!!!!
Firewalls - The Second Step in Total Net Protection!
We have now found evidence of hackers accessing computers on a regular basis.  If you are leaving your computer online for extended amounts of time, it is necessary for that computer to have a firewall installed.  Now, this is a bit more complicated in terms of what a firewall does and how to set it up.  
As mentioned above, we recommend the products from:
1. AVG Business Security Suite: http://www.avg.com/us-en/business-security
2. Symantec Endpoint Protection: http://www.symantec.com/solutions/smallbusiness/
If you're running the net over your LAN, then a more robust firewall is required.
Using the internet as an information source and channel for communications is becoming more critical, but we must protect our computers and data from those uninvited guests, viruses & hackers.  
We urge you to install the latest software to protect against viruses and to install the latest firewall !!!