Antivirus VS Hardware Firewall – Do I need both?

 

The answer to this question is a firm YES.

To meet minimum security requirements, it is essential you run both antivirus and a firewall on your network.

Well that’s great but what’s the difference?

Antivirus and firewalls have very different, and necessary functions. Antivirus software detects and removes viruses, Trojan horses, worms, bots and other malware from your computer. All of the above can get into your computer by multiple means – similar to viruses’ in, humans, they are spread through contact – sharing USB devices with an infected computer, opening emails that have strange subjects / attachments and downloading files from the internet. Good antivirus software works like an assassin, it undertakes its task silently and efficiently minimising impact on the user and the computers function. The main task of antivirus software is to scan your computer for infections and then treat any threats that it finds immediately.

 

Good antivirus software works like an assassin, it undertakes its task silently and efficiently minimising impact on the user and the computers function.

 

Okay, so what is a ‘Firewall’?

A firewall prevents malware and other internet hacker attacks from reaching your computer in the first place. It’s your computer’s first line of defence. A firewall creates a filter between your computer and the Internet. Before anything can go through this barrier, the firewall must determine whether the information being received meets your company’s security settings. If it fails to meet these security rules, the firewall will deny it access to your network. Not having a firewall is like leaving the front door of your business unlocked and open 24/7 and hoping nothing happens.

Because antivirus and firewalls serve different roles, they work together to, provide your computer with the best protection possible. We recommend a combination of Bitdefender + WatchGuard Firewall.  These two solutions are specifically designed to complement each other – and give you the best antivirus and firewall protection.

 

So how can Syntech IT help?

Hardware Firewalls start from $700.00+ GST

which secures your files, documents and your patient’s confidential data from external attacks.

Antivirus is included free of charge as part of our managed services!