Rewind back to the advent of the internet and then fast forward to today’s time, it surely has been one rollercoaster ride. The World Wide Web felt like a safe place to operate on. However, soon this safe haven was plagued by computer viruses, phishing attacks, hacking attempts and so much more. Businesses had confidential information stolen, industry behemoths lost millions and there was nothing as scary as the criminal offense which is hacking.
How are things in the present time? Not as critical as they were a few decades ago. Now if you find a Trojan virus in your system, you run a quick malware detection tool and the virus is automatically removed. You don’t have to trudge through many hurdles nor seek professional help to remove a bunch of viruses. But hacking attempts can still be dangerous, especially for businesses. One misstep can result in huge risks and the goal is to eliminate the risk or minimize it to the core.
So whether you’re looking to stop hacking attempts made to your private home network or for your company, you can resort to the following ways to protect yourself.
Don’t Trust Every Public Wi-Fi Spot
When your mobile data package gives up on you, a public Wi-Fi hotspot is your savior. But that can backfire too as not every Wi-Fi spot is to be blindly trusted. Internet providers like Spectrum, a cable broadband provider, have cable TV packages like Spectrum Silver but the provider also offers internet packages. Once you subscribe to their internet plan, you get access to public Wi-Fi hotspots that are exclusive to Spectrum. That means you can rely on them. But if you connect to any random wireless spot you find on the go, know that the connection could be insecure and can potentially jeopardize your security.
Rely on Anti-Virus Software Programs
If your system doesn’t have an anti-virus program installed then you know exactly what consequences you might have to face. Your system is more prone to getting infected by computer worms, malicious programs, and Trojans. While these might be easy to remove once detected, it still doesn’t imply you will keep your system open to risks without installing an anti-virus software beforehand.
Don’t Disable Your Firewall
If you are running your system on Windows operating system then Windows Defender has its very own firewall built into your system. In case your firewall has been disabled, make sure to enable it back again. A disabled firewall is mostly caused by virus infiltrations so if you already have a malware scanner installed, you will know when to get rid of these threats.
Encrypt Your Passwords
A strong password consists of 8 eight-character or more, uppercase/lowercase and numbers. Using a complex password minimizes the risk of security breaches and hacker infiltrations. The more complex the password, the more difficult it is for a hacking tool to break into your system. You can even download any reliable password-encryption app, preferably a paid one, either on your smartphone or system to further strengthen your security.
Don’t Allow Third-Party Programs
When downloading software, don’t start clicking agree on every option you see. At times, malicious software and third-party programs are downloaded into your system. Some are free software by the application owner of whatever program you downloaded but that’s not always the case. If you click agree on any statement without reading what it was about then prepare yourself for the unforeseen consequences. Don’t allow third-party permissions on both your smartphone and PC/laptop. The next time you see a random popup for application installation, you know you have to ignore it.
Update Your Operating System and Applications
An outdated operating system, browser, and other installed applications become more vulnerable to hacking attempts. Most operating systems are already equipped with built-in firewalls and anti-virus software. If you leave the OS updates untouched then the layers of security on your OS are compromised as well. Make sure you have enabled automatic updates so you don’t have to update anything manually.
Now you know that stopping hacking attempts is daunting but worth it. You should never leave any open paths for hackers to sneak into your system, jeopardize your privacy, and steal crucial information. This stands true mostly for businesses as they cannot risk losing precious data.