The Dangers of Getting Hacked

August 7th, 2019


Do you experience excessive pop-ups on your web browser? Perhaps you receive shifty emails nonstop throughout the day. These are just a couple of signs of being hacked. That’s right — your computer could be compromised. Fortunately, there are ways to remedy and prevent this situation. At Keystone Technology Management, we offer companies in MD data destruction services to securely remove sensitive information to avoid a data breach from hackers. 

What are Hackers & What do They do?

A hacker is a person or a thing that breaches a computer’s security network to gain unauthorized information. Hackers could attack private individuals; although, their primary target is usually larger companies and organizations. Once networks and computers are breached, sensitive information could be stolen and used illicitly. Hackers are capable of using information in many different ways, as indicated in this infographic below:

How Can I Protect Myself & My Business Against Hackers?

There are several ways to protect yourself, your employees, and your clients against hackers. Taking the necessary steps to protect yourself while online can significantly reduce your chances of getting breached, such as: 

  • Continually ensuring the accuracy of personal accounts
  • Carefully monitoring online requests by other individuals
  • Avoiding the discussion of personal and financial information online

Businesses should ensure their network security systems, which monitor incoming network traffic to block unauthorized access, are up-to-date. Examples of network security include:

  • Antivirus and antimalware software
  • Application Security
  • Email Security
  • Firewalls
  • Web Security
  • Wireless Security

Think about the amount of sensitive information you have stored on your computers. Is your business taking the appropriate action to prevent your equipment from getting breached? If you have equipment that is wiped and no longer being used, you may need to think twice about whether or not you’re safe from a data breach. If data wiping and shredding is done incorrectly, information can be recovered, accessed, and used. One sure way to protect sensitive information is through reliable data destruction services. Our company specializes in hard drive shredding for businesses in New York, so you can rest assured that your data won’t be retrieved. Call us today at 800-419-7176 to learn more!