Is Your Business On A Home Router?

You can go to your local office supply store and pickup a cheap router, backup drive, etc., that gets the job done and saves your business a few bucks. But is your business network and data secure?

by | February 22, 2014       << Back to Blog    

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Yes, that's true. You can go to your local office supply store and pickup a cheap router, backup drive, etc., that gets the job done and saves your business a few bucks. But is your business network and data secure? Do you even have a business-grade network or is it really a 'home network' at your place of business? Are you looking for the simplest and 'friendliest' device that anyone can just plug in and make it work? Is a firewall the same as a router?  Do you really understand what you are buying? Or are you simply shopping on price?  I've had this conversation with many small business owners. Maybe even with you.

Just because you are a small business doesn't mean nobody is interested in hacking you. Larger businesses have more money and resources to setup highly secure computer networks.   They have more to lose, relatively speaking, and are more difficult to break into. For this reason alone, consumers and small businesses like yours are also large targets for security breaches. It's easier for hackers to break into hundreds of random small businesses than to hack one large company.

You are not an IT expert and your business is small. I understand that.  You don't need to know all the technical details and differences between technology products and services. What you do need is to have a trusted IT Partner with a vested interest to see you grow, not just a 'computer guy' with no formal or ongoing IT industry training that patches and puts Band-Aid solutions and services in place to win your business by being the lowest priced. Same principle applies here. Do you really know the difference between IT services provided by different companies, or are you settling with substandard support and shopping by price? You may not know what 'substandard' IT support is because you may not have experienced anything better.

Here is a recent article in the news about the vulnerability of some home networking devices. I get a kick out of the bakery picture with an insecure video surveillance camera.

Asus, Linksys router exploits tell us home networking is the vulnerability story of 2014 [ read story here ]

 



About Fernando Sosa
Fernando Sosa is a technology consultant, project management professional, and software developer who helps small businesses and nonprofit organizations make the most of their information technology resources.


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