As our lives become more online, protecting ourselves from hackers becomes more important. Hackers are primarily focused on two objectives: creating chaos and stealing cash. Hackers steal personal information to make unauthorised charges to your accounts or disrupt your business with malware.

The good news is that there are plenty of options to stop cyberattacks, and the majority of them require no huge amount of effort. Start by encryption of sensitive data that’s not sent over the internet (such as Social security numbers of employees, routing digits of banks, and other sensitive data). Install full-disk encryption software that are included in the majority of operating systems: For PCs it’s called BitLocker For Macs it’s FileVault.

Always upgrade software programs. Many hackers gain access to computers by exploiting weaknesses found in outdated software. Updates basics eliminate these weaknesses, making it more difficult for hackers to get into your system and steal data.

Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are network system designed to control the flow of and outgoing information on your computer. Windows and macOS both include built-in firewalls, but you should also consider using a third-party firewall program to safeguard your home networks as well as mobile devices.

Check your device and network names. Avoid using personal identifiers for your network such as your name or your phone number. This could allow hackers access to your information.

Be cautious about discussing your work in public. Hackers could use even tiny details like your city or pet’s name to break into security systems.