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As more of our lives are based online, securing ourselves from hackers becomes increasingly important. Hackers have two goals: creating chaos and stealing money. Hackers obtain personal information to charge you without authorization on your accounts or disrupt your business by using malware.

The good news is that there are many options to secure your data from cyberattacks. The majority of them don’t require a huge amount of effort. Start by encrypting data that isn’t transmitted via the internet (that includes social security numbers of employees as well as bank routing digits and other sensitive information). Install the full-disk encryption program that comes with most operating systems. For Macs this is FileVault, and for PCs, it’s BitLocker.

Update your software regularly. Make sure you update your software regularly. Many hackers gain access to computers through outdated software. Updates can fix these vulnerabilities and make it much more difficult for hackers to hack your system.

Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are network systems designed to control incoming and outgoing traffic on your computer. Windows and macOS both come with built-in firewalls, but you should also consider using a third-party firewall software to safeguard your home networks and mobile devices.

Review your device and network names. Do not use personal identifiers such as your name or your phone number. This could give hackers access to your data.

Be cautious when discussing your work with other people. Hackers could use even tiny details like your city or pet’s name to breach security systems.