Small Business Protection From Hackers

Hackers are often seen as loner types. However cybercrime is an intricate and multi-faceted ecosystem. Hackers have a variety motivations, from financial gain to political goals. Knowing what hackers are looking for can help you avoid attacks and set up security measures to safeguard your small enterprises.

Some hackers use their skills for good, locating security holes and reporting them to fix them. White hat hackers are compensated by their employers to conduct penetration tests. Some hackers have more dangerous motives, like getting personal data to perpetrate fraud on credit cards or identity theft, or using viruses to make illegal charges or trigger denial of service attacks (which cause devices to be shut down).

A strong password is the first line of defense in the fight against hackers. Adding two-factor authentication to sites like banking and social media will further enhance your security. Encrypting your hard drive is another simple step to prevent hackers from accessing your sensitive data, even if they successfully break into your device. Update your operating system, browsers and important apps regularly. Most devices will automatically update to fix vulnerabilities in software that could otherwise permit hackers to access and steal data.

We live in a connected world, where our smartphones, laptops, computers and tablets are always connected. Hackers are looking for any information that you divulge online. It’s tempting to relax and share too much. Avoid shopping on public Wi-Fi and login to personal accounts. Also be sure to keep a separate account open at all times.

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