People often think that hackers are in it for malicious intent. We hear horror stories of how they break in, steal data, and ruin a business’s reputation.
But what you don’t hear about are the silent break-ins that go unnoticed. Not all hackers are looking for immediate gratification. In many cases, hackers are willing to take things slow.
They’re looking for small wins, for the opportunity to sit back and watch, waiting for the big payday. Or maybe just to prove that they can.
They find a way in, put code somewhere on your server, just enough to be able to track data, reroute traffic, and capture information. You might not even notice … for a while.
Yet once they’re in, your data is at risk. The best way to avoid problems is to prevent a hack in the first place.
Security is something we all need to take a more active role in. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we all can be more diligent in our processes. What can you do right now to secure your devices from hackers?
Use a firewall
Both Windows and iOS have built-in firewalls - are they enabled and set up correctly? Technology can’t work if you aren’t using it in the right way. Depending on your data, you may also choose to add an additional firewall for further protection of your network.
Use antivirus software
Computer viruses and malware are at an all-time high, and they aren’t going away. Antivirus software plays a significant role in keeping your systems and data safe. While some advanced programs provide automatic updates, others leave the update process to you. New viruses are being detected every day; it’s important that you stay on top of updates and ensure you schedule virus scans regularly.
Spyware is a technology that allows hackers to monitor what you’re doing from the inside. It’s designed to be hard to detect, and gives hackers a chance to gain as much information as they desire before moving on. Hackers hope to track keystrokes to acquire sensitive information that has value in the marketplace. The best anti-spyware concentrates on thwarting this capability and blocking these potential threats. Use it, and make sure it’s installed correctly to protect your data.
Keep everything up to date
The best thing you can do for security is to make updating a part of your normal routine. When your OS, apps, or browser signal they have a patch, hit “yes” and allow the update to occur. It’s the best way to keep everything you use functioning at the most secure level, to help keep your data safe.
Backup your devices
What would you do if you instantly lost all information on your computer, tablet, or phone? If the thought terrifies you, pay attention to what your answer is. Could you recover easily with backup information, or would you lose everything? While a technology loss is never easy, it’s far less damaging if you have a starting point with backup data to move forward with.
Secure your network
Almost every technology you purchase and put into play comes with a basic, default security setup. Hackers know this and work to find ways to counter the default settings. If you take an added step to login to the router and set a new password using an encrypted setup, you’ll have an added level of security to thwart criminal behavior.
Humans are lazy at heart; that’s why one of the most popular passwords is 123456789. By taking just a few extra steps, the likelihood of experiencing criminal behavior reduces dramatically. If you encrypt your data, even if hackers make their way into your network, the data will be meaningless. At a minimum, encrypt Windows with Bitlocker or OS with FileVault to keep sensitive data secure. Also, pay attention to the sites you do business with, ensuring they use encryption as a way of doing business. You’ll find encrypted sites use the https in the address bar.
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