Different Kinds of Hackers

In the world of computers, a lot is at risk. A lot of sensitive data is stored either on your own hard drive or in the server of a company. What is keeping that data safe?

In the IT space, there are 3 terms that are used widely – white hat, black hat, and gray hat hacker. In short, white hatters are the good guys, black hatters are the bad guys, and gray hatters are somewhere in between.

Black Hat Hackers

Black hatters are the most infamous kind of hacker. They are the ones that are stealing data from corporations, stealing credit card information, and robbing banks. These guys want to gain fame or fortune from their endeavors. Black hatters never have good intentions with their work and do not care about how their hacking will affect others.

White Hat Hackers

White hatters break the hacker stereotype. White hatters are hired by companies to test the existing security. Their job is to find any loopholes in the system, and then create a defense against them. 

White hatters are so essential that the Government hires them to keep highly confidential information secure. They help the internet stay safe.

Gray Hat Hackers

Gray hatters are a mix of both white and black hatters, as the name suggests. They have no bad intentions with their hacking, but they have no good intentions either. Most famously, gray hatters have been known to make the previously confidential information public. They do this because they feel the public should have access to it. 

How do I stay safe from hackers?

In order to stay safe, the best thing you can do is keep your computer OS up to date. Every time your OS is updated, it includes a security patch. This means that a white hat hacker has found another potential way for someone to get in, and has fixed the issue. You want to make sure that you are updating your computer as soon as possible to stay safe from hackers. 

Another way you can protect yourself from hackers is to hire a white hat hacker. If you have any sort of sensitive information or you handle money, they are a must. If you don’t hire them, the more likely it is that your data will be stolen or held for ransom.

If your company is unsure how to handle hackers and needs an IT team to assist you, call Kustura Technologies today for our managed IT services at (904)-855-8885.

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