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Choosing the Right Firewall for Your Small Business [Dark Reading]
Last Updated on Monday, 23 August 2010 04:39
Written by jj
Monday, August 23rd, 2010

After the last post, Four Must-Have SMB Security Tools, readers had a lot of questions about selecting the right firewall for an SMB. Although I’ve answered each of those emails, those questions are a great segue to this topic: choosing the right firewall for your SMB.

If you’re not sure where to start, there are some key questions you should think about and have ready for discussion with your potential firewall vendor or integrator. Keep in mind, each environment is unique, and a quality integrator might have additional questions for you.”

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Security Circumvented: My Anti-Virus
Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2008 11:40
Written by JJ
Friday, June 20th, 2008

I recently needed to renew the anti-virus subscription on my tablet PC. Of course, Symantec popped up and let me know well in advance, and of course, I waited until the almost-last-day before I renewed.

When my renewal options appeared, there was a selection to upgrade to the shiny new Norton 360. Woo hoo! It listed all these great new security features… I don’t remember what they were… but, they sounded REALLY great (I promise).

So I went with the upgrade, instead of the anti-virus signature renewal. Okay.

It did seem like a good idea at the time. However, in addition to my overly-protective Vista popups eeeevvvvery time I want to run something, connect somewhere, or wipe my nose… Now, I have the Vista pop up AND the Norton 360 popup. Okay.

Except, the Norton pops up with flagrantly ambiguous information like “An application is trying to access your Internet.” Do I want to allow it? I don’t know. How am I supposed to know- which application wants to access my Internet? Oh, it’s not going to tell me. Okay.

Well, I guess I’ll click ‘Allow’ because I have no clue what is trying to access my Internet, but I’ll assume it’s something that I have somehow asked to access my Internet… and I’ll be quite upset if whatever I clicked on doesn’t work. So YES, ALLOW. Okay again.

And what was the point in that? One click has transformed to three, and I’m no more secure than I was before, I’m just being forced to make more clicks to earn my insecurity. So today I am the poster child of what NOT to do.

Security circumvented is quite possibly worse than no security at all. I see visions of ‘invalid browser certificate’ notices dancing in my head.

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