Firewall systems are designed to prevent unauthorized access to your web site. A firewall examines each network packet to determine whether to allow it to reach its requested destination or prohibit it and report it for further analysis. A web host should maintain a firewall or packet filtering system to prevent unwanted connections to your web site. Only connections that are necessary toward the functionality of your site should be permitted to access your web server. This is analogous to traffic that may flow into a room. Packet filtering technology basically keeps the windows in your room locked so that visitors can only access your room through the doorway. A web host must also keep its system software up-to-date. Much like it is recommended that you keep your home computer up to speed with security patches, web hosts must stay in tune with security holes and patches as software updates are released to fix them. A good web host will also have regularly scheduled maintenance periods to install these updates with minimal impact to your site availability and performance.
At Hostnow, our Firewall Technology:
- Allows only web traffic to reach your web site servers
- Protects your site from intruders
- Protects unnecessary traffic from reaching the hardware and software, which could potentially overload or slow down the platform