As our lives become increasingly online, protecting ourselves from hackers becomes more important. Hackers have two goals: creating chaos and stealing money. Hackers steal personal information in order to charge you without authorization on your accounts or disrupt your business by using malware.
There are a variety of ways to protect yourself from cyberattacks. Most of them don’t require much effort. Begin by encrypting data that’s not being transmitted over the internet (that includes employee social security numbers as well as bank routing digits and other sensitive information). Enable the full-disk encryption tool that is included in the majority of operating systems. For Macs it’s FileVault. for PCs it’s BitLocker.
Always upgrade software programs. Many hackers gain access to computers through exploiting weaknesses that are present in outdated software. Updates address these weaknesses and make it harder for hackers to hack your system.
Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are networks designed to control the incoming and outgoing data from your computer. Windows and macOS have built-in firewalls but it is suggested to employ a third-party application to protect mobile devices and home networks.
Review your device’s name and name of your network. Avoid using personal identifiers for your network such as your name or number. This can give hackers access to your data.
Be cautious when discussing your work with other people. Hackers can make use of even minor details like your address or pet’s name to break into security systems.