5 Tips to Protecting your Internet from Hackers

Even if you’re running a small business, internet security is just as important as it is for a larger company. It’s absolutely essential to protect your WiFi network from hackers. It can be easy to think “I don’t have anything important on my computer, so why bother?” but you would be surprised at how many people try to hack into various networks each day. Some of these hackers are very skilled with their computers and know how to make themselves appear invisible even to the most sophisticated equipment. So, consider these five tips to protect your small business’s WiFi from hackers.

Understand the threats

Understanding potential threats is a good first step toward developing an effective plan of action. Although there are many threats, three, in particular, stand out: Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, social engineering, and spyware. DDoS attacks can be both simple and complex but one thing remains constant—they are designed to bring down a system or network by overloading it with traffic. Social engineering takes advantage of human psychology and usually involves email spoofing in order to entice you into giving up sensitive information. Spyware is something that you might accidentally download to your computer thinking it’s something else. It can monitor your keystrokes, and activity, and even steal passwords.

All of these threats are things you don’t want to deal with. So, it’s important to have protection.

Change your default passwords

Setting and changing your passwords is an important step in protecting your business’s Wi-Fi. Also always have unique passwords for every account. Once you have a handle on your passwords, it’s time to secure them. According to Consumer Reports, every wireless device manufactured today comes with some method of encryption built-in. If you can’t find a security setting for your device or aren’t sure how to enable it, consult with tech support and/or do a little research online.

Using secure applications

It is important for you to know and trust all the software systems and/or APPS you choose to use. Each application has settings and terms and conditions. Double check your setting in each application to understand what you have allowed to be shared with the APP developer even when the application is only open in your background and not actively being used. 

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Install third-party firewalls

Firewalls act as a protective barrier between your network and hackers. Generally, they’re set up by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), but you can purchase one or install third-party software, such as Sophos UTM or Kaspersky. Either choice will play an important roll in protecting your local internet network from hackers.

Use two-factor authentication

You need to set this up on all of your accounts–especially email and banking accounts. This feature requires you to enter a unique code sent via text message each time you log in. It adds an extra layer of security, helping protect your business’s information and data.

You can also add it to your internet service too! If you’re in the Salt Lake area and need help getting this set up, make sure to call your Salt Lake County Internet Provider for accurate instructions.

Encrypt all your data

If you run a small business, chances are your employees need access to many kinds of files. You may think your data is secure when it’s sitting on your local network—but a hacker could intercept any information on its way to or from other devices. To prevent such a breach, it’s crucial that you encrypt all information before sending it over an open connection and only decrypt it once you can guarantee its safety.

Hopefully, these five tips will help you better keep your small business internet safer than ever! In addition, if you’re looking for a small business internet provider in Utah, be sure to give Utah Broadband a call.