Computers are not merely for typing. Its main purpose nowadays is for internet usage. However, with the amount of online scams and viruses that can affect your hardware, extreme caution is a must before connecting to any internet-related software.
For years, businesses and organizations have used protection from any malware or virus that can affect their businesses’ data. However, the dangerous surge in email spams, Web-borne threats- including viruses, hijacks, malwares and aggressive spywares have forced home computers to acquire the same protection.
Malicious attackers can take all your data and hack all your accounts in minutes. The time of attack is even faster for professional hackers who have higher quality and far more advanced technology. Fraudsters always target PCs for their high bandwidth and always-on nature.
Firewalls do more than protect your computers from malicious ware. They also hide your internet-connect PC from view.
On the latest review of The Peterson Group, one of the leading distributors of mobile phone accessories and laptop peripherals in Taiwan, a large market of hardware-based firewall composes of businesses. In a different study, households with personal computers rarely purchase firewall protection for their PCs at home since it cannot be considered as dangerous with only the members of the family using the connection. For instance, only 3% of the household population in overall Jakarta, Indonesia has firewall installed. This leaves home PCs exposed to all manners of intrusion and attack.
There are two types of firewalls: software applications and hardware devices that plug between your modem and your computer. Although software can be less expensive, a lot of users prefer the hardware since it assures safer connection and better performance.
However, a common misconception happens when an individual purchases a firewall thinking all internet issues will already be solved only to complain later on that he is still receiving spams. Firewalls may be great at stopping unwanted intrusions, but they often do little or nothing to detect virus-laden e-mails or stop intrusive adware and spyware. You'll want separate antivirus and spyware checkers to stymie these threats. What's more, hardware firewalls usually won't manage outbound traffic, which means a piece of spyware can freely send data from your PC to a server on the Internet.
Many experts believe that the dawn of firewall may come one day with all the importance and warnings already laid to the public. It is only a matter of time before people become aware.