Feel like you’re being targeted? It’s only because you are.

Remember “the information age?” That was the now-dated shorthand for our vision of a new era in which computers would exponentially expand our potential to solve problems and create opportunities. Now that we’re more than a full generation into it, we’ve learned there’s a downside to all the convenience of life online: the risk of our security.

In 2014 alone, more than 110 million Americans were the victims of online hacking, essentially one out of every two of us. “Too many of us get online every day and just roll the dice,” said Nicole Henley, Information Security Officer at Emprise Bank. “We know the hackers are out there, but we think they won’t get us. Unfortunately, the truth is, they probably already have. Knowledge is power for the hackers. But a little knowledge of how they hack can also be a powerful defense against them.”

How the hackers hack

We’re all too familiar with reports in the news of breaches in the security systems of businesses like Target and eBay that compromise our information simply because we had the misfortune to shop there when the hackers came calling. But there are a number of specific tricks up the sleeves of the sleuths who target your home computer as well.

So what’s a computer user to do?

When it comes to hacking attacks, being forewarned is definitely a big part of being forearmed. But there are also some good habits you can form to boost the level of your security against these and other cyber attacks. Here are a few simple, but effective ones:

At Emprise Bank, we know the battle to protect your online security requires constant vigilance. The cyber thieves who are targeting your data are always looking for new tools for their trade. That’s why we keep pushing the envelope of our protections for your accounts, and work to keep you informed about what you can do to secure your information at home as well.