How to Protect Yourself from Hackers

Accessing the internet without proper protection is essentially leaving the doors of your business wide open when you leave for the day. What many business owners do not realize is regardless of the size of your business, you are a potential target for hackers. Credit card information, banking details and identity theft are common goals for these unsavoury types. With such attacks becoming easier for hackers as they develop new technology, it is more important than ever to protect yourself.

Passwords
Although it is tempting to use the same password for all of your online activities, this is something you should never do. Passwords should be unique for each login you use and they should be lengthy and difficult to figure out. The harder a hacker has to work to try to get access to your information, the less likely they are to bother with your business. Since they have programs that can run thousands of password combinations in minutes, the longer and more difficult your passwords are, the safer your information will be.

Virtual Private Networks
Virtual private networks (VPNs) enable you to access the internet without broadcasting your physical location and identity. Without a VPN, your computer’s unique internet address shows that you have connected to the internet, and it is possible to monitor all of your online activity. A VPN acts as a “middle-man” for your connection and masks your identity as well as encrypts your activity which makes it very difficult for hackers to follow you online. To set up a VPN, it may be beneficial to use I.T. support.

Protection Software
Antivirus protection, antispyware technology and a good firewall are all critical components to internet protection. I.T. support can help you choose the appropriate software for your purposes and ensure it is continually updated to provide maximum protection. It is also important to update your computer’s operating system software and programs you use when new updates are available, since the developers release patches to address vulnerabilities that hackers use to access your information.

Revolution Networks are experts in I.T. support and consulting services. Contact us to learn how we can help you protect your business from hackers.

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