4 Signs That You Might Have Been Hacked
Presently, anti-malware programs do little to avoid being hacked. The programs will flag and prevent known malware and ransom programs, but this is not enough to stop malicious hackers from getting access to your devices. They only need to change a byte in their malware, and your anti-malware programs will not be able to flag it down.
Hackers like to remain anonymous, and once they have access to your devices, they will not alert you in the hope that they will come back later to look for valuable information. Many people do not know that they have been hacked until they have lost most of their information. The best thing is to be always on the lookout for possibilities that you have been hacked. Let us look at the four predominant signs that you might have been hacked.
You get a Ransomware Message
Currently, ransomware is all the range, and it locks up all your data and asks for payment mostly via untraceable cryptocurrencies to get it back. You might be lucky that the hacker is just using a scareware program. However, when you get a message asking for payment to access your data, this is a sure telltale sign that you have indeed been hacked.
Odd Email Messages
When your colleagues, friends, family, and customers start asking why you have sent them certain messages, but you never sent them, this is a sure sign of being hacked. You will also see emails in your sent folder, and you have no recollection of writing them, you are a victim of a malicious hacker.
New Programs Appear On Your Device
Apps and programs are all the range, but you suddenly see an app or program, and you did not download it or install it. If you have sole access to the computer, then this is a sign that you are a victim of a hacker. The program could be a Trojan that activates when you log onto the internet and disregarding it could result in you in losing all of your data.
Your Passwords Do not Work
Everyone is prone to forgetting a password, but the passwords you use on a daily basis is hard to forget. When one day you cannot get access to your accounts, then you have been hacked. The hackers go a step further and change your account settings trying to hide their activity while they are online.
In conclusion, prevention is better than cure especially when it comes to your data and passwords. Backup your data at least once a day and inform your contacts when your passwords change. You can then run an antimalware program to flush out the program and change your passwords. Ensure that you have the latest and most up to date operating software to avert the attacks.