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Small Business Protection From Hackers

Hackers are often seen as loner types. However cybercrime is a complicated and collaborative system. Hackers can have a variety motives, from the pursuit of financial gain to political goals. Knowing what they’re looking for can help you anticipate attacks and put systems in place to safeguard your small business.

Some hackers employ their skills to their advantage, identifying security flaws and reporting them to fix them. White hat hackers are paid by their employers to carry out penetration testing. Others hackers have more grave motives, for instance, stealing personal information for fraud on credit cards or identity theft, or using viruses to make illegal charges or trigger attacks on service (which can shut down devices).

A strong password is your first line of defense against hackers. By adding two-factor verification to websites such as banking and social media will increase your protection. Encrypting your hard drive is another easy step to block hackers from accessing your sensitive data even if they are able to get into your device. Make sure that you keep your operating system, browsers, and important apps updated regularly. Many devices will automatically update, which can close vulnerabilities in software that could permit hackers to access and steal data.

We live in a digital world which means that our smartphones or tablets, computers, and smartphones are always connected. Hackers are searching for information that you share online. It is tempting to fall into a state of vulnerability and share too much. To keep your information private, avoid shopping or accessing private accounts via public Wi-Fi. Also, make sure you don’t keep any account running continuously.