Is your firewall slowing down your internet?

There’s no question: you need a firewall. It’s a crucial piece of any cybersecurity system. Without one, your network is open to hackers, viruses, and unauthorized traffic—leaving your data and business vulnerable.

But, it can slow things down.

These days, the internet is getting faster and faster, a huge boon to any business. But if your firewall can’t keep up with the speed of your internet, you’re going to start seeing slower loading times and lags in operating processes.

So how can you have fast internet and a firewall that keeps up? 

Step 1: Find out how fast your internet is running.

It’s simple to run a quick speed test. You’ll get an approximation of your internet speed and see if you are getting what you are paying for. Just go to and click on the “Show More Info” for more details on your upload and download speeds. Note that your speeds could be inaccurate, based on other users on the internet, or other internet services such as email. Run the test a few times to get a solid estimate.  

Step 2: Compare with the promised speed from your internet provider.

Does it match the speed test results?

Step 3: Determine if your firewall needs a little TLC.

If it’s older or hasn’t been updated recently, it’s possible your firewall may not be able to keep up with the current speed of the internet. Just like servers and workstations, additional performance may be required to keep up with today’s internet speeds.