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As our lives become more online, keeping ourselves safe from hackers is becoming more important. Hackers are focused on two goals: creating chaos and stealing cash. Hackers steal personal information to create unauthorized charges on your accounts or disrupt your business using malware.

There are a variety of methods to prevent cyberattacks. The majority of them don’t require much effort. Start by encryption of sensitive data that’s not being transmitted over the Internet (such as social security numbers for employees, routing digits of banks and other sensitive information). Enable the full-disk encryption software that is included in the majority of operating systems. For Macs, FileVault is the name, and for PCs it’s BitLocker.

Always ensure that you are updating software programs. Many hackers gain access to computers through exploiting weaknesses in old software. Updates address these weaknesses and make it much more difficult for hackers to penetrate your system.

Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are networks that are designed to regulate incoming and outgoing traffic on your computer. Windows and macOS have built-in firewalls however it is recommended to utilize a third-party program to secure mobile devices and home networks.

Examine your device’s names as well as network names. Avoid using personal identifiers like your last name or your phone number in these names. This could allow hackers easy access to your personal information.

Be wary of discussing your work in public. Hackers can exploit even the smallest details like your address or pet’s name to breach security systems.