As more and more of our lives are online, protection from hackers becomes more important. Hackers are primarily focused on two things: causing chaos and stealing cash. They take personal information and use it to make unauthorized charges against your accounts, or they could disrupt your business by using malware to cause attacks of denial of service or other issues.
The good news is that there are a variety of options to prevent cyberattacks, and most of them don’t require a large amount of effort. Start by encrypting information that’s not being transmitted over the internet (that includes employee social security numbers or bank routing digits and other sensitive data). Enable the full-disk encryption software that comes with most operating systems. For Macs, FileVault is the name, and for PCs, it’s BitLocker.
Always upgrade software programs. Many hackers gain access to computers through exploiting weaknesses found in outdated software. Updates correct these vulnerabilities and make it much more difficult for hackers to penetrate your system.
Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are networks that are designed to regulate incoming and outgoing traffic on your computer. Windows and macOS include a firewall built-in, but it is recommended that you make use of a third-party software to protect mobile devices and home networks.
Check your device’s names and network names. Avoid using personal identifiers such as your name or phone number. This could give hackers access to your data.
Be careful when discussing your work with other people. Hackers could use even tiny details like your home address or pet’s names to compromise security systems.