Most people imagine hooded individuals who are hunched in dark spaces, in front of their computers. Cybercriminals come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are looking for quick cash and others pursue more sinister motives. Hackers use ransomware and other phishing attacks to disrupt business in addition to stealing cash. This is why protection from hackers is more crucial than ever.
Make sure your computer, applications and browsers current. Many updates fix software vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit to view or steal information. Make sure to set security PINs on your mobile devices and only download apps from official app stores. Use password managers to create and manage secure passwords as well. Be cautious when clicking on links that look suspicious and responding to emails from unknown senders.
If you’ve been a victim of a hack immediately inform your bank or credit card company. You could receive a new credit card or account number, and they will keep track of your activity for any fraudulent transactions. If your data was accessed, encrypt it — complete disk encryption is available with Windows and MacOS to ensure that, even hackers gain access, they will be not able to access your data (Windows’ BitLocker and Apple’s FileVault are the two most popular choices).
While there is no security solution that is 100% foolproof, following these guidelines will significantly reduce your risk of becoming a victim of a hack. Remember that hackers are always looking for link easy targets. You can enjoy your online time without worry about cybercrime if you take some prudent precautions and installing secure protection software against hackers.