Firewalls – Keep The Good Guys In & The Bad Guys Out

Learn about Sonicwall Firewall.  What exactly is a firewall?  Glad you asked.  It is a term that is thrown around a bit, and we figured we would help define what a firewall is and what it’s main purpose is as a component to securing your business computer networks.

A firewall is a must have, mission critical intrusion prevention device.  It is an invaluable tool and first line of defense against all types of threats across the internet universe.

In simplest terms, a firewall like a SonicWALL is a device which keeps OUT unwanted internet traffic and hackers while allowing IN the internet traffic and users who should have access to the network system.  It keeps the bad guys out, and helps keep the good guys (your computer users) protected from hackers who attempt to access and steal data or install malware somewhere within your business computer network. Sonicwall firewalls are considered among the best in terms of value and protection within the market.

Firewalls continuously update their malware and threat databases to keep one step ahead of malicious, black hat hackers.  When you install a firewall, make sure to subscribe to the firewall’s update database system.  Sonicwall firewall installation and subscription go hand in hand to provide the best defense against the myriad of changing risks inherent in using the internet.

As a certified SonicWALL Firewall partner, Advantage Industries can configure and monitor firewall solutions for small and medium sized businesses.   Advantage engineers configure your SonicWALL firewall to assure your organization’s wired and wireless networks are protected by a secure, sophisticated and widely deployed security platform.  SonicWALL wall offers many configuration options, which help meet the access demands of your organization and user base.

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SonicWALL provides a comprehensive data sheet with information about their firewall products.


SonicWALL Firewall link to site Advantage Industries is a certified SonicWall Partner
o Advantage will install, configure and monitor your SonicWALL firewall appliance.
o SonicWall is an easy to deploy all-in-one-solution, which means you can save on installation and configuration expenses.
o Advantage can help you provide your staff with access to important corporate data through SSL VPN connections.

Verizon is ending it’s residential email service…

Verizon ending email servicePSA: Verizon ending email service for residential customers.

While we do not directly support Verizon email services for our clients, we figured a PSA about the impending shutdown of Verizon’s email service was worth posting.

If you are a Verizon residential email customer, newsflash: Verizon is ending it’s residential email service and migrating user email to AOL email services.

“You’ve Got Mail!”

Yes, you heard that right.  AOL email does still exist!  However, due to AOL’s nearly non-existent spam filters and anti-virus controls, Advantage does not  recommend using the AOL mail service.

We would instead recommend that users move to either Outlook.com (Office 365) or Gmail.  You can get more information about Outlook/Office 365 Email at https://outlook.live.com/owa or view information about Gmail mail service at https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?hl=en-GB

Verizon is notifying customers on a rolling basis, with a 30 day notification term.  You should receive an email notification from Verizon when your email account is due for shutdown and migration over to AOL email services.

Please find additional information about how Verizon is migrating it’s residential email services here: https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/email/migrations.htm and here: https://help.aol.com/articles/verizon-move-to-aol-mail-faq

Office 365 Personal Email

Advantage Industries is a Microsoft Silver Partner and over the last 12 months, we have been successfully migrating business email to the new Microsoft Office 365 cloud.  However, if you need a new personal email address, we would encourage you to review Office 365 email capabilities.  New technology can allow you to keep your email in sync across a multitude of personal devices, such as a workstation/laptop, tablet or your smartphone.  Plus, productivity tools like MS Word, MS Excel and other collaborative applications can help you manage your email and documents more efficiently.  Check out Microsoft Office 365 information here: https://products.office.com/en-us/office-365-personal