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Beef Up IT Network Security With SonicWALL

Friday, September 27th, 2013

If you’re a business owner, you appreciate knowing that your IT network is as safe and secure as possible. There’s a certain peace of mind because your business success likely depends in part on computers and other technology. So the last thing you need is some nasty malware infiltrating your data, causing chaos and maybe even losing of revenue.

That’s why we at CRS Technology Consultants recommend taking a hard look at your network security at least twice a year to be sure it is up-to-date and is still the best choice for your business. Because as your business moves forward and maybe changes, so too does the need for network security.

sonicwall-logoOne of our best choices to help protect IT networks in Southwest Florida is SonicWALL. This defender of networks large and small blocks malware, spyware and crapware before they can even touch your system, or worse yet before they may get through your system and into your computers. It’s like having a moat protecting your historic castle, only not so medieval.

With traditional firewalls becoming less effective against ever-increasing sophisticated threats, protection from a product like SonicWALL becomes more important. Below are five top protection measures many businesses are enjoying with Dell’s SonicWALL:

1. Maintain Control of Computer Applications
SonicWALL monitors and displays application traffic in real time, guaranteeing bandwidth to the applications you need while blocking or restricting unwanted applications.

2. Halt Intrusions at the Gateway
The product’s firewalls scan all traffic coming in and going out to halt malicious traffic from compromising your network.

3. Sanitize Wireless Traffic
Allows your IT professionals to create secure and seamless wireless networks.

4. What Downtime?
Your technology network operates without interruption even if there is a software or hardware failure.

5. Mobile Connect
Provides iOS and Android-based tablets and smartphone users outstanding network-level access to the resources your employees need over encrypted connections.

computerAnother neat feature about SonicWALL is a customer can have a second system installed as a further safeguard. Should the first wall fail, the second system kicks in automatically, giving you uninterrupted service. Without a second system, should the first one fail, your entire network will be inoperable, so that no threats can gain access.

Here’s the bottom line: Network attacks could be catastrophic to your business. An investment in securing your company’s IT infrastructure is well worth it over the long run. Read more about Dell SonicWALL at: http://www.sonicwall.com/us/en/

Contact CRS Technology Consultants for all the details, or give us a call at (239) 542-8450. Don’t wait for junkware to put your business down and out.

Visit CRS Technology Consultants online at http://www.crs-tc.com

No, You’re Not Getting a FREE iPad!

Monday, April 9th, 2012

First, there was “phishing” on computers, where many of you probably have received at least one offer of receiving an iPad or other gadget absolutely free if you were one of the first 5,000 gullible people to respond with your personal information.

Now, IT consultants in Southwest Florida are seeing the same scam increasingly being used on handheld devices in a tactic known as “smishing,” which refers to the SMS (short message service) technology that delivers text messages. One example of smishing goes something like this: “Answer this question to win a free iPhone 4S: Which company created the all-powerful iPhone?” which is followed by images of the Microsoft and Apple logos. Click on either one, then enter your email address, phone number, birth date, and home address, and your free phone is on the way!
Not really.
Stop, just stop. Don’t do it. You’re just giving away your personal data and in most cases your permission as well for the company and its “affiliates” to market to you, including calling you and sending you offers. In fact, in one smishing scam, the 3,000-word privacy policy reads, “you expressly waive all federal and state no-call registrations”!
Technology consultants in Naples, Fort Myers and elsewhere urge users not only to disregard suspicious messages but not to respond asking to opt out, which only lets the scammers know the your number is alive and well and a continued target for further fake marketing messages.
Here’s another case of smishing on smartphones.
Recently, mobile phone users across America have been getting a spam text message saying the person had won a Wal-Mart gift card in the amount of $1,000. When they clicked on the link, they ended up on a website that requests personal information. Others look legitimate like they could be coming from your credit card company or financial institution.
This smishing malware crime wave is detrimental not only to personal phones but for businesses. In some cases, responding to the scam could download malicious software to the phone, stealing business-related information or password or account numbers.
CRS Technology Consultants reminds users that smartphones are computers, which means they are susceptible to some of the same problems that we see on computers. If your business has IT security issues, or would like a consultation about computer security in Southwest Florida, contact CRS Technology Consultants at (239) 542-8450, or send us an e-mail now.

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