How to Protect Your Computer From Hackers

As more and more of our lives are based online, securing ourselves from hackers is becoming more important. Hackers are focused on two things: creating chaos and taking money. Hackers steal personal information to charge you without authorization on your accounts or disrupt your business through malware.

The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to secure your data from cyberattacks. The majority of them require no large amount of effort. Start by encrypting data that isn’t being transmitted via the internet (such as social security numbers of employees and routing digits of banks as well as 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.

Always keep your software up-to-date. Many hackers gain access to computers by exploiting vulnerabilities in old programs. Updates correct these vulnerabilities and make it more difficult for hackers to penetrate your system.

Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are network systems designed to control the incoming and outgoing data on your computer. Windows and macOS both include built-in firewalls, but you should also consider using a third-party firewall application to protect your home networks as well as mobile devices.

Review your device names and identify your network names and device names. Avoid using personal identifiers such as your last name or phone number. This could give hackers access to your information.

Be wary of discussing your work in public. Even small details, like your hometown or the names of your pets, could be used to help hackers breach security systems.