Hackers are often depicted as people who are loners. However cybercrime is a complicated and collaborative ecosystem. Hackers have a range of motives, from economic gain to political goals. Knowing what they’re after can help you anticipate attacks and put security measures in place to protect your small business.
Some hackers employ their skills to their advantage, identifying security holes and bringing them to the attention of authorities so that they can be addressed. White hat hackers are compensated by their employers to perform penetration testing. Other hackers have more sinister motives, such as taking personal information to commit fraud with credit cards or identity theft, or using viruses to create unauthorised charges or to cause attacks on service (which will shut down devices).
A secure password is your first line of defense against hacking. The addition of two-factor authentication to websites such as social media and banking will further enhance your security. Encrypting your hard drive is a simple way to block hackers from gaining access to your private data even if they do manage to get into your device. Keep your operating system, browsers and other essential apps up to date. The majority of devices will automatically download updates, which could fix software vulnerabilities that could permit hackers to view or steal information.
We live in a connected world, where our smartphones or tablets, computers, and smartphones are always on. It’s tempting to relax and divulge too much information online, but that’s the kind of information hackers are after. To keep your data secure be sure to avoid doing shopping or logging into private accounts via public Wi-Fi. Also, don’t leave any account running continuously.