6 Ways You Can Get Hacked That You Need To Be Aware Of

29th December 2022

ways you can get hacked

Businesses of all sizes and industries are at risk of being hacked. Hackers use various tactics to gain access to sensitive information and disrupt business operations. Here are a few common ways that businesses can get hacked and how you can prevent it from happening to you.

Phishing scams

Hackers often use phishing emails to trick employees into revealing important login credentials or other sensitive information. These emails can appear legitimate, with logos and branding that mimic well-known companies. Employees should be trained to recognise and report phishing attempts – as this is how many attacks will happen.

Unsecured networks

Businesses that do not secure their networks or use weak passwords are at risk of being hacked. Hackers can easily access unsecured networks and can then steal sensitive information or install dangerous malware.


Malware is a type of software that is designed to damage or disrupt computer systems. Hackers can use malware to steal sensitive information, disrupt business operations, or gain access to a company’s network.

Outdated software

Businesses that do not keep their software and security systems up to date are at risk of being hacked. Hackers can take advantage of vulnerabilities in outdated software to gain access to a company’s systems.

Weak Passwords

Using weak or easily guessable passwords can make its simple for hackers to gain access to a company’s systems. Employees should be trained to use strong, unique passwords and to change them regularly.

Unsecured Devices

Devices that are not properly secured, such as laptops or smartphones, can be hacked and used to access a company’s network. It is important to secure all devices that are used for business purposes and to limit access to sensitive information.

While large businesses often face a greater number of attacks, hacking can affect any business regardless of their size – and owners should not understimate the problems that it can cause.

Without proper protections and failsafes in place they could risk being locked out of their systems, incurr loss of data and in turn face potential financial and reputational damages that can take months and even years to recover from.

How to stop hackers in their tracks

To protect their businesses from being hacked, it is important for companies to implement strong cybersecurity measures. This includes educating employees on how to recognize and report phishing attempts, securing networks and devices, and keeping software and security systems up to date.

Cybercrime is an ever evolving threat, and for true protection, it is important to work alongside a trusted IT Services provider that understands and succesfully manages threats against businesses.

By utilising tools like data backups, and virtual systems, you can avoid the downtime, reputational damage and financial losses that so often accompany security breaches and rest easy in the knowledge that you have your back covered.

If you want to protect your business against the threats mentioned and learn more about the latest cybersecurity advancements, then please call us today on 01268 575300 or email us at info@ecl.co.uk.

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