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When most people think of hackers, they picture black-hooded people in dark rooms sitting on their computers. However, cybercriminals can come in all shapes and sizesSome are looking for a quick payday while others have more malicious goals. Hackers use ransomware, phishing and other attacks to disrupt business operations in addition to stealing cash. Therefore, protecting yourself from hackers is more vital than ever.

Keep your computer, apps and browsers up-to-date. Updates fix flaws in software that hackers could exploit to steal or access data. Create security PINs for your mobile devices and only download apps that are accessible from official app stores. Password managers can be used to create and manage strong passwords. Be cautious when clicking suspicious links or responding to emails from unknown senders.

Contact your bank or credit-card company immediately if been a victim. You could be issued a new card or account number and they will keep track of your activity to identify any fraudulent transactions. If your information has been compromised, it is best to secure it. Full encryption of the disk is standard on Windows and MacOS. This means that hackers cannot access your personal information.

While no cybersecurity solution is foolproof, following these guidelines will significantly reduce your risk of becoming a victim to hacking. Hackers are always seeking easy targets. You can relax online without worrying about cybercrime by taking some prudent precautions and installing effective protection software that can thwart hackers.

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