Imagine not being able to send or receive e-mail for days, possibly weeks. Don’t think this could happen because you have a reputable anti-virus software installed? If so, you are operating on a false sense of security and hackers hope that you keep thinking that way. Here’s why…
Most business owners think that because they have anti-virus software installed and a software firewall, that their network is “secure.” Not so. One of the most common stunts hackers pull is breaking through a software firewall to hijack a server. Once they’re in, they can use your server to relay spam and other viruses to millions of users in a matter of seconds.
This is problematic for two main reasons:
In no time flat, your company’s server and email gets “blacklisted” which means the big email delivery hubs (like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo etc.) flag ALL e-mails coming from your server as “dangerous” and won’t let them through; and on the Internet, you are guilty until proven innocent, which means it could take days or weeks to get your name cleared. During that time, you may be left completely without corporate e-mail.
Your clients, prospects and vendors start getting Viagra ads and invitations to XXX-rated web sites from your company. Not a good look. The absolute best way to make sure this never happens is to invest in a top-grade managed firewall. This tiny investment is worth twenty times the cost in peace of mind and saved time. While software firewalls that come with most servers or Internet providers are better than nothing, they are basically a weak lock that