Too often computers and devices are hacked. These hackers sneak in, steal everything and leave a trail of clues behind that may trigger you to wonder if you have been hacked. Have I been hacked? How do I know I have been hacked? A 2017 study by the University of Maryland concluded someone is hacked every 39 seconds on average. This means that every 39 seconds, someone’s data is compromised. It is important to know some common clues that you’ve been hacked. Here are the top three clues to help you identify if you have been hacked.
The Top Three Clues You Have Been Hacked
1. Your System Is Excessively Slow.
It is a typical day. You are doing your normal day-to-day tasks on your desktop computer, laptop or other device and things are taking longer than ever to load. One clue that you have been hacked lies in the tools a hacker uses and may leave behind. These tools usually come in the form of a virus, trojan or worm that leaves your computer running unbearably slow. This malicious software runs in the background without your knowledge while your other programs and applications are running and thus causes your system or device to be very slow.
2. Unusual Computer Activity.
Unusual computer activity is a huge clue that you have been hacked. Things to look for include:
- Passwords that no longer work or have been changed.
- Emails or other notifications have been sent without your knowledge/permission
- Your computer is active in the night.
- Your anti-malware program or other programs are disabled.
- New programs appear on your computer.
3. Unauthorized Transactions On Bank Accounts Or Credit Cards.
Another significant clue you have been hacked may be those unauthorized transactions that are appearing on your bank/credit card accounts. If you see charges, payments or transactions on your bank accounts or credit cards that you did not authorize, then it is critical to report them right away to your financial institution. It is also important to notify the credit reporting agencies in the event more of your personal data had been compromised. The last thing you want is someone opening bank or credit card accounts in your name without your authorization.
Now that you have identified you have been hacked, it is important to move quickly. Follow me as I uncover the tips and tricks you will need to move past the hack. I will leave you with this thought: As quickly as hackers move, it is imperative that you do as well.
“Once hackers gain access to a computer, they swiftly act to determine whether it could be of use to them. During the study, the hackers’ most common sequence of actions was to check the accessed computer’s software configuration, change the password, check the hardware and/or software configuration again, download a file, install the downloaded program, and then run it.”
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