How to Protect Your Computer From Hackers

As more of our lives are online, securing ourselves from hackers becomes more important. Hackers are focused on two things: creating chaos and taking money. They get personal information from you and use it to make unauthorised charges on your accounts or they could disrupt your business by using malware to cause attacks that cause denial of service or other issues.

There are a myriad of ways to stop cyberattacks. Most of them do not require much effort. Start by encrypting data that isn’t being transmitted via the Internet (such as social security numbers for employees and routing digits of banks, and other sensitive data). Set up the full-disk encryption software which is available on all operating systems. For Macs, it’s FileVault. for PCs it’s BitLocker.

Make sure you update your software regularly. Make sure you update your software regularly. Many hackers gain access to computers through outdated programs. Updates fix these weaknesses, making it much more difficult for hackers to get into your system and steal data.

Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are a type of network system designed to control incoming and outgoing traffic on your computer. Windows and macOS both come with firewalls built-in, however you should also consider using an external firewall application to protect your home networks as well as mobile devices.

Check your device and network names. Avoid using personal identifiers, such as your last name, or your phone number in these names. This could allow hackers easy access to your data.

Be cautious about discussing your work in public. Hackers can exploit even the smallest details like your city or pet’s name to break into security systems.