As our lives become more online, protecting ourselves from hackers becomes more important. Hackers are focused on two objectives: creating chaos and stealing money. Hackers steal personal information in order to charge you without authorization on your accounts or disrupt your business through malware.

There are many ways to stop cyberattacks. Most don’t require a lot of effort. Begin by encrypting sensitive information that’s not transmitted over the Internet (such as social security numbers for employees or routing digits from banks and other sensitive data). Turn on full-disk encryption tools which are available with the majority of operating systems: For PCs it’s called BitLocker For Macs it’s FileVault.

Make sure you update your software regularly. Make sure you update your software regularly. Many hackers gain access to computers through outdated programs. Updates close these vulnerabilities, making it more difficult for hackers to penetrate your system and steal information.

Install a firewall on all your devices. Firewalls are network system designed to control the flow of and outgoing data that is stored on your computer. Windows and macOS include a firewall built-in however, it is recommended to employ a third-party application to safeguard mobile devices and home networks.

Check your device and network names. Do not use personal identifiers such as your name or your phone number. This can give hackers access to your information.

Be cautious about discussing your work in public. Even the smallest details, such as your hometown or the names of your pets could be used to help hackers penetrate security systems.