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Small Business Protection From Hackers

Hackers are often seen as the loners. However cybercrime is a complicated and a collaborative ecosystem. Hackers can have a variety motives, from economic gain to political motives. Knowing what hackers are looking for can help you avoid attacks and create systems to safeguard your small businesses.

Some hackers use their expertise to gain a profit, identifying security holes and bringing them to light so they can be fixed. They are referred to as white hat hackers and they are usually paid by the businesses they work for to conduct penetration tests. Some hackers have more dangerous motives, like taking personal information to commit credit card fraud or identity theft, or using viruses in order to create unauthorized charges or cause attacks on service (which shut down devices).

A strong password is the primary line of defense in your fight against hackers. Incorporating two-factor authentication into sites like banking and social media can further increase your protection. Encrypting your hard drive is another simple step to prevent hackers from accessing your private data, even if they successfully break into your device. Update your operating system, browsers and important applications regularly. The majority of devices automatically update and fix any vulnerabilities in software that could otherwise permit hackers to access and steal information.

We live in a world that is constantly connected to our smartphones, computers and tablets. Hackers are looking for information that you give out online. It is tempting to fall into a state of vulnerability and give away too much. Beware of shopping on public Wi-Fi and login to personal accounts. Also do not keep any account open for all time.

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