Has this ever happened to you? “I recently requested a payment from one of my clients. He replied that he was on tour and was staying in a hotel with a shared Wi-Fi connection. According to him, hackers could easily intercept and note down his bank’s login information and use that to steal his money. So, I had to wait until he returned to receive payment.” The situation is the same if your clients try to purchase goods from your online store, unless you use secure web hosting for your site.

Here are 7 things hackers want from you:

    • Your credit card information along with its CVV code.
    • Finding details about your wireless connection, and check if it has a weak encryption.
    • Finding details about your Ethernet card’s MAC address, and spoofing it to bypass filters (required if the network administrator allows access to the network only from computers whose MAC addresses are on their white list).
    • Stealing your credit card details by sending you emails with a spoofed sender’s address, and containing an embedded link. Know that your bank will never send such emails. Always check the address bar of your browser for a closed lock symbol, and whether the link starts with an “https”. This signifies that the site uses secured web hosting.
    • Capture your email login details and use it for phishing. You could face legal action even if you were not the perpetrator of the crime.
    • Gathering your social network login details (if you made the mistake of storing them in your computer), and find out sensitive information about your business.
    • Capturing email addresses, and other details on your contacts.

Can you imagine the financial loss that hackers can cause when they get their hands on your important information, details about projects, personal and company financials, and your business contacts or customers? It would be devastating. The moral: You can protect your vital information, as well as that of your customers, by using secure web hosting for all of your online services.