Small Business Protection From Hackers

We tend to think of hackers as loners but the reality is that cybercrime is an intricate and collaborative network. Hackers can have a variety motives, ranging from economic gain to political goals. Knowing what hackers are looking for will help you anticipate attacks and set up systems to protect your small enterprises.

Some hackers make use of their skills for good, by spotting security holes and bringing them to the attention of authorities to fix them. White hat hackers are compensated by their employers to perform penetration testing. There are hackers who are more sinister, such as those who steal personal information to commit fraud with credit cards identity theft, for instance, or employ viruses to create unauthorized payments or to shut down devices.

A secure password is the first line of defense in your fight against hackers. Adding two-factor verification to sites such as social media and banking will enhance your security. Encrypting your hard drive is a simple way to block hackers from accessing your private data, even if they successfully get into your device. Finally, keep your operating system, browsers and other critical apps regularly updated. Most devices update automatically and fix any vulnerabilities in software that could permit hackers to access and steal information.

We live in a time that is constantly connected to our smartphones, computers and tablets. Hackers are searching for information that you provide online. It is tempting to fall into a state of vulnerability and give away too much. Beware of shopping on public Wi-Fi and accessing personal accounts. Also do not keep any account open 24/7.

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