Bob Milliken

Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken

Computer Cents
While it is the concern of every business to be as cost-effective as possible, it is not a good idea to skimp on your investment in a proper and solid security system for your business data and information. For instance, cost-cutting on your router/firewall might seem like a good idea at the start, but in the long term, it’s a risk you cannot afford to take.
In business, protecting important information and data is paramount. This is why it is recommended for any sort of business to invest in a security system that will prevent any cyber-attacks that might be launched against you.
Unfortunately, though, it’s lost on many that a security system is not just made up of one single thing software, better staff, better hardware, et cetera. A good and solid security system is composed of several factors working together to create a virtual chain that envelops your business and keeps it safe.
And one of the most underestimated links in this chain is the router/firewall. Many businesses are content using the most basic and cheapest option available on the market, without realizing that their security chain is only as strong as its weakest link. And if you make do with a cheap router/firewall, odds are you’ll get what you pay for not much.
The less expensive router choice will also have an impact on the level of productivity in your office. These units are prone to internal failure without warning and require rebooting to fix the problem. Often the failure goes unnoticed until a printer no longer prints or a scanner doesn’t co-operate, which usually results in considerable time spent trying to diagnose the problem. These routers are particularly problematic in Peer-to-Peer networks where the failure is not easily detected.
While basic routers might work fine for homes or individual users, it is a much different scenario when it comes to business operations where basic just doesn’t cut it. Plus, there’s more at stake with business data, so why take the risk with cheap routers that lack the proper security features? Or cause costly downtime where office productivity is impacted.
With viruses, malware, and the cyber thieves behind them continuing to grow and evolve, it is important that you understand what it takes to protect your system and your data – and invest in the best solution. Remember that it can take only one incident, one infiltration, to bring your whole business down.
If you’re interested in learning more about getting the right router/firewall for you, connect with Bob at, or give us a call –604.270.1730.
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