Hackers are often described as loners. However cybercrime is a tangled and collaborative ecosystem. Hackers have a variety motives, ranging from financial gain to political goals. Knowing what hackers are looking for will help you anticipate attacks and create security measures to protect your enterprises.
Some hackers make use of their skills to do good. They find security vulnerabilities and report them to ensure that they can be repaired. These hackers are known as white hat hackers, and they are usually paid by the companies they work for to carry out penetration tests. Others hackers have more grave motives, for instance, stealing personal information for fraud with credit cards or identity theft, or using viruses to make illegal charges or trigger denial of service attacks (which can shut down devices).
A secure password is the first line of defense in your fight against hackers. Adding two-factor authentication to sites such as social media and banking will further enhance your security. The encryption of your hard drive is a different method to prevent hackers from accessing your sensitive data even if they manage to break into your device. Also, ensure that your operating system, browsers and important apps updated regularly. Most devices will automatically update, which can close vulnerabilities in software that could otherwise allow hackers to view and steal data.
We live in a time where we’re always connected to our smartphones, computers and tablets. It’s tempting to relax and share a lot of information online, but that’s what hackers are looking for. Avoid shopping on public Wi-Fi and accessing personal accounts. Also, don’t keep any account open for all time.