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What is a firewall?

To protect computers from unwanted visitors, the first line of defense deployed by network administrators is called firewall.

These visitors can be viruses, worms, hackers and remote controlled applications through hidden spyware, etc.

Firewall acts as a watchdog or a guardian for your computer without which your network becomes an open door offering free passage to anyone and everyone on the internet.

It is not necessary that you enable firewall protection only when you have files to secure because every network requires protection from hackers.

Curious invaders can easily attack your computers and cause irreparable damage to the hardware by taking control of your network.

Therefore, installing a firewall is a small-time investment but certainly a productive strategy to improve your network’s security.

 

Difference between software and hardware firewall

Firewalls are of two types: software firewall and hardware firewall.

The difference between hardware and software firewall is the same as the distinction between hardware and software.

Software firewall or personal firewall is in the form of programs whereas hardware firewall is a tool or appliance which is physically attached to your PC.

Another difference is that hardware firewall can protect not one but all the computers connected via one network. Conversely, software firewall offers security only to the PC on which it is installed.

Moreover, hardware firewalls are very cost-effective and generally more effective especially if you have three or more computers to protect.

Hardware Firewall Appliance

Hardware firewall or appliance firewall is an equipment or device created solely for keeping external intrusion at bay from your network.

Actually, it is a complete package comprising of a device having software program already installed in it. T

his device is specially designed to prevent hackers from invading your privacy and attacking your server or computer to retrieve critical personal data.

Hardware Firewalls are configured solely for preventing access to particular type of applications that are regarded as dangerous (for instance, P2P file-sharing programs).

This task is performed by blocking the communication ports that can be exploited by these applications.

It also provides reasonable protection from hidden spyware infections by stopping outgoing data packets sent from an infected PC to a hacker.

Hardware Firewall Appliances can be easily configured and installed to outbound or inbound traffic.

This feature ensures that users can enjoy full control on the hardware firewall appliance.

How Hardware Firewall appliance Works?

Hardware firewalls can be either simple or complex in functionality.

Their complexity differs according to the size of the network which they have been designed to secure.

Nevertheless, the techniques utilized by these appliances to protect your network from hackers and salient cyber threats are similar.

A majority of hardware firewalls protect your network through packet filtering which can be referred to as a checklist.

During this process, some data packets are allowed access and some are blocked.

Blocking relies upon the pre-determined criteria for data packets that need to be blocked.

Therefore, whenever a packet attempting to travel through the network meets the appliance’s criteria, it is instantly blocked and denied permission.

Another method is the Stateful Packet Inspection technique also called SPI. SPI takes analysis a step further by checking out additional characteristics of data packets for determining whether to block it or not.

This information includes the location from where the packet originated, who sent it and why it is being sent (for instance, did it just appear or is sent as a response to facilitate some request from the user). SPI when combined with packet filtering makes the hardware firewall smart and highly efficient since the decisions of blocking data packets are taken after logical analysis.

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Network Firewall- All that you need to know

A network firewall is of two types; software and hardware.

As is obvious, the software firewall is one that must be installed on the main server in order to make sure that all intrusions and spamware is carefully stopped.

The importance of a network firewall cannot be understated.

In the world of today, where viruses and cyber attacks are becoming more and more common, people are finding it quite difficult to keep their data protected.

Protecting your data from intrusions is important, and that is the reason why firewalls are so important.

If you have a network or a computer that is connected to the internet, making sure that it remains protected is very important. 

How does a network firewall work?

Understanding how a network firewall works is vitally important.

Basically, the network firewall creates a type of barrier between a trusted network that is based internally (in the case of a network of computers), and another network.

Which would be the whole internet, for instance.

It assumes that the untrusted network is insecure, and as a result.

Carefully monitors all data packets that are being sent and received in order to ensure that there is no sort of harmful intrusion within the trusted network.

Network firewalls are not only used with large scale networks, but also play a part in personal computers.

Nowadays, mostly all of the top operating systems in the world come equipped with network firewalls that are designed to enhance security and make sure that no harmful files are downloaded to your computer.

Many websites often install cookies and files on your computer, and the network firewall actively monitors these files in order to make sure that they are not harmful.

The network firewall must also require permission from the administrator before allowing any program installed on the computer/ network to access the internet.

If you allow the program to access the internet, the firewall will automatically bypass the program the next time it wants to access the internet.

Importance of a network firewalls

Cyber attacks are at an all time high.

With so many different kinds of technologies on the market, it has become significantly easy for people to hack in to servers and technologies that are becoming old.

As a result, having a network firewall protecting your network and/ or your servers is of vital importance.

It makes sure that your data remains safe and secure, and that no external harm can befall your data.

The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to installing a network firewall is to make sure that you establish a budget for it.

Having a budget is important, because network firewalls come in a variety of different kinds.

Some are quite expensive, while others are comparatively cheaper.

If you have a large network, installing a hardware network firewall might be of more importance.

That is the primary reason why so many large companies spend a great deal of money to secure their networks. 

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