There are Programs and Steps to Prevent Hackers

  • Firewalls – Software creates a barrier between your information and the outside world.
  • Antivirus Software – Protects against viruses and malware.
  • Antispyware – Often included in Antivirus Software to remove unwanted ads and keystroke recording.
  • Complex Passwords – Do not reuse a password, make it complex, and if using a password manager like Bitwarden never put financial information passwords in it.
  • Keep Programs Updated – Older versions have vulnerabilities.
  • Ignore Spam – Learn to identify what email is safe and not. Check the email address, do not download unless from a trusted source, and never click a link within the email.
  • Backup Computers – Backup in the cloud with a secure service helps with Ransome threats.
  • Shut Down Machines – Makes you less visible to hackers.
  • Stay Away from Unsafe Websites – These sites can steal your information and download viruses, malware, etc.
  • Secure Routers – Log in and use an encrypted password.
  • Two-factor Authentication – Adds an additional layer of defence. Best to use an Authenticator instead of texts.
  • Encryption – Even Microsoft has encryption if you select Start > Settings > Privacy & Security > Device which is better than nothing
  • Bluetooth – When not using, turn it off as it provides a back door for computer hackers.
  • Public WiFi – Anything password-free is an open door for hackers.
  • Autocomplete – A great way to save important information for hackers.
  • History/Cookies/Cached Files – Clear it often to give as little information as possible.

Is it Enough? 

Sounds secure enough, but businesses with client information on their computers should have an IT Department monitoring them 24/7 for the best defence. This seems out of reach for a small business, but there are affordable, outstanding services such as