As more and more of our lives are based online, securing ourselves from hackers is becoming more important. Hackers have two goals: creating chaos and stealing cash. Hackers steal personal information to make unauthorised charges to your accounts or disrupt your business by using malware.

The good news is that there are a variety of ways you can protect yourself from cyberattacks. Most of them don’t require a huge amount of effort. Start by encrypting data that’s not transmitted via the internet (that includes social security numbers of employees or bank routing digits and other sensitive information). Enable the full-disk encryption tool that is included in the majority of operating systems. For Macs, FileVault is the name, and for PCs, it’s BitLocker.

Always ensure that you are updating software programs. Many hackers gain access to computers through exploiting weaknesses that are present in outdated software. Updates eliminate these security holes, making it harder for hackers to get into your system and steal information.

Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are a network system that is designed to manage the incoming and outgoing data on your computer. Windows and macOS come with firewalls built-in but it is suggested to utilize a third-party program to secure mobile devices and home networks.

Check your network and device names. Do not use personal identifiers such as your last name or phone number. This could allow hackers access to your data.

Be wary of discussing your work in public. Even minor details, such as your hometown or the names of your pets could be used to aid hackers break into security systems.

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