Small Business Protection From Hackers

We often think of hackers as loners however, the reality is that cybercrime has become a sophisticated and collaborative ecosystem. Hackers have a variety motives, ranging from financial gain to political objectives. Knowing what they’re seeking can help you avoid attacks and put systems in place to safeguard your small business.

Some hackers use their skills to do good. They look for security holes and report them so that they can be repaired. White-hat hackers are paid by their employers to carry out penetration tests. Some hackers are more shady and include those who use personal information to commit credit card fraud identity theft, for instance or use viruses to make unauthorized payments or to shut down devices.

A secure password is your first line of defense against hacking. Adding two-factor verification to sites such as banking and social media can increase your security. Encrypting your hard drive is a easy way to stop hackers from accessing your sensitive data even if they do manage to hack into your device. Also, ensure that your operating system, browsers and other essential apps up to date. Most devices will automatically download updates, which could fix software vulnerabilities that could otherwise allow hackers to access or steal information.

We live in a time where we’re always connected to our smartphones, computers, and tablets. It’s tempting to let your guard down and share too much information online, but that’s exactly the kind of information hackers are after. To ensure your data is secure be sure to avoid doing shopping or logging into your personal accounts through public Wi-Fi. Also, make sure you don’t keep any account running continuously.

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