As more and more of our lives move online, security from hackers becomes more important. Hackers are focused on two things: causing chaos and stealing money. They take personal information and use it to create unauthorized charges on your accounts or they can interfere with your business operations by using malware to trigger attacks that cause denial of service or other issues.

There are a variety of methods to protect yourself from cyberattacks. The majority of them don’t require much effort. Start by encrypting information that’s not transmitted via the internet (that includes employee social security numbers as well as bank routing digits and other sensitive information). Enable the full-disk encryption software which is available on all operating systems. For Macs it’s FileVault. for PCs, it’s BitLocker.

Always ensure that you are updating software programs. Many hackers gain access to computers by exploiting weaknesses in old programs. Updates can fix these vulnerabilities and make it more difficult for hackers to break into your system.

Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are network systems designed to control the flow of and outgoing data on your computer. Windows and macOS have built-in firewalls however it is recommended to make use of a third-party software to secure mobile devices and home networks.

Examine your network and device names. Do not use personal identifiers such as your name or telephone number. This can give hackers access to your data.

Be careful when discussing your work with other people. Hackers can exploit even the smallest details such as your hometown or pet’s names to compromise security systems.

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