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How to protect your business from computer attacks

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The increasing technology sophistication of the hacker scene has become a big problem for the business world and well as the normal consumer. Every day, businesses around the world come under attack from ransomware, malicious malware and even blackmail attacks threatening the release of sensitive commercial information. To prevent this from happening to you, you should follow a few key tips to protect yourself from hackers.

Beware of unknown programs and websites

Caution should be exercised on the Internet when browsing and downloading programs. This can happen when hackers access your device, and what you need to do is both protect against direct attacks and also block malicious websites.

It happened very quickly and in most cases goes unnoticed: a third-party software automatically installs itself on the computer and from now on your data is unprotected for hackers on your website and perhaps even in your back-end database.

As staff and businesses store information longer and more on our computers and devices, the potential for hackers is growing. Photos, passwords, bank details, but also sensitive business documents and notes, for example.

In the meantime, these programs are so sophisticated that you hardly notice them. If your computer or laptop suddenly acts as if it were a ghost, this is a suspicious indication, so you may be infected. In this case, run your antivirus software and or, in the worst case, bring the device to a specialist.

Time and again you hear about spy software that takes control of the purchased or integrated webcam. With fatal consequences. In recent years, it has cost some businesses a large part of their privacy, because hackers have recorded discussions in the office and in meeting rooms, and then have blackmailed businesses with the threat of releasing the discussions if the blackmail money is not paid.

Simple tips for protecting your device

Many devices have antivirus software installed but not enabled. Only when the computer behaves “strangely” does one come up with the idea to turn it on. But then it’s usually too late. So make sure that the antivirus software is always turned on and updated.

Do not download unchecked third-party programs from the Internet

Many of them contain so-called malware that allows hackers to gain access to your data, including passwords and bank details. Even if a website looks trustworthy or other users write positively about the software, take a close look! On the Internet, many hackers are creative when it comes to misleading the user.

Think of your webcam

Externally connected devices often have a default password, which you should definitely change. Most new devices already have the camera built in. There are practical tools for sticking the camera so that no unwanted recordings are made.

Operating systems themselves are also constantly changing. Gradually install the updates provided to you by the manufacturer. Often, these changes include security vulnerabilities.

What to do if you are affected?

If you feel your computer has been hacked, the first measure is to take the device completely off the grid to interrupt remote access. You should then consult a specialist to help you remove the malware.

About Greta Richter

gretar@thebusinesswomanmedia.com'

Greta Richter is a computer technology expert specialising in anti-hacker advice and business systems protection. She has worked with IBM, VMWare, Microsoft and other major international companies, helping them develop protective tools.

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