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How to Protect Your Data From Hackers

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The write-up is completely focusing on the query "how to protect data from hackers?". Data plays an important role in day-to-day life, but what if it is attacked by the hacker. The data can be manipulated by the hacker. So, to secure important data from any spam you need to understand some steps to save your data from malware attacks. Keep reading!!

What is hacking?

Hacking means using computers to perform fraud acts such as spam, invasion of privacy, theft of corporate/personal data, etc. Cyber-crimes cost millions of dollars each year to many organizations. Businesses need to protect themselves from such attacks. A hacker is a person who finds and hacks the weaknesses to gain access to computer systems and/or networks. Hackers are usually computer programmers with computer-security knowledge.

It is the duty of small businesses to prevent these crimes from damaging company property and stealing consumer information.


You can also read, How to create a backup and protect them.

How to secure your data from hackers?

Here are a few measures that you can take to protect the company's integrity:


  • Use Antivirus Software

Antivirus software plays a significant role in securing your system by detecting threats in real-time to ensure that your data is safe. To protect your computer from the new viruses that are created daily. Many advanced antivirus software provides automatic updates. Don't forget to use it after you install an antivirus program.


  • Always use a Firewall

The first thing you have to do with your system is to ensure that the firewall is activated before you go online. And, depending on your broadband router, which also has a built-in firewall that protects your network, you can also purchase a hardware firewall from companies like Cisco, Sophos or Fortinet.


  • Create a Complex Password

The most important way to prevent illegal intrusion into your computer network is to use secure passwords. It is very much harder to invade your system by a hacker by making a complex password.


  • Keep your system up to date

Please install new updates of your operating system. Some updates provide security fixes that prevent the information from being accessed and abused by hackers.


  • Use an Anti-Spyware Package

Spyware is a special type of software that secretly monitors and collects information about people or organizations. It is designed to be difficult to detect and hard to uninstall and appears to deliver unnecessary advertising or search results that guide you to certain websites. Anti-spyware packages, by scanning all incoming information and blocking threats, provide real-time protection.


  • Ignoring Spam makes a system secure

Always beware of unidentified parties' email messages and never click links or open attachments to accompany them. Over the last few years, spam-catchers have improved their game and become pretty good at catching the most horrible spam.


  • System Backup

It provides a backup of the data you have saved into your system. If in any case your system gets stolen or damaged then you will have data saved. So always keep a backup of data to an external hard drive so that you can easily recover when lost.


  • Not use Open Wi-fi

Stealing your connection and uploading illegal files is too easy for threatening actors. Protect your wi-fi with an encrypted password and consider refreshing your equipment every couple of years. Some routers have vulnerabilities that have never been patched. Newer routers allow segregated wireless access to your guests.


  • Two-Factor Authentication

Defence against computer hackers, passwords is the first security to be improved. Major online companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft allow you to use two-factor authentication, which allows you to type in addition to your password when signing in a numerical code. This will make your account more complicated for the outside world.


  • Always use encryption to protect data from hackers

In case somebody may steal your data or track your internet connection, encryption can prevent hackers from accessing any of the information. To encrypt your Windows or macOS hard drive you can use BitLocker or FileVault and encrypt any USB flash drive containing sensitive information.


  • Switch Off your System when not in Use

After performing work on your system, always switch off it. Leaving electronic devices connected to the internet, and most often wired, opens the door for virus attacks or hackers. Leaving your machine connected to the Internet when it is not in use gives scammers 24/7 access to malware download and cyber-crimes.

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We have mentioned all the measures to protect data from hackers or "how to secure your data from hackers". Hopefully, you will understand all the measures to save data from any threats.


 

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Thank you. I have put off doing at least some of the things you say one should do. I have spent some time trying to find out what the best anti-virus software is. I have a Mac

High Sierra 10.13.6. Just recently I read a lot of good things about AVAST. Any thoughts?

I do have a virus that is a pain. Looking to see how to remove it, I see a number of different things to do to remove it. I did not try to go through all the different ways. Is the best way to purchase software to remove it? And, does anti-virus software just protect from incoming viruses or does it also remove existing viruses? Any thoughts you have would be great. Thanks.

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Hey David! Just saw your comment. The article is correct on a number of suggestions. We all need, Anti-virus/anti-malware software, from a trusted source or in my case from a source that is recommended by a trusted expert, such as Bruce Schneier a security expert - He has a great security blog and several good books.

Avast sent me an email informing me that NSA recommends that folks install antivirus software. I immediately removed Avast from my system.

Kevin Mitnick's The Art of Invisibility is an outstanding book to get an idea of how vulnerable we are to adversaries such as the security state and every day hackers. Long pass words, password phrases and shutting down your system when you are finished using it...I almost never do.

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