The sense of protection knowing we have an antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-spam software installed on our devices can lead to a false sense of security. Today’s hackers and cyber attackers are developing malicious apps and other hacks faster than the software companies that offer protection can respond.
Knowing how to tell if you have been hacked sooner, rather than later can help stop potential data loss and avoid identity theft. Some telltale signs you might notice could include:
1. Strange emails, text messages, or social media
If you start to see posts on Facebook that you did not put up, or responses to text messages or emails you did not send, chances are you have been hacked. In most cases, this type of attack involves sending a virus or malware to your contracts on whatever app it has infected.
2. Changes to your desktop, toolbars, or shortcut icons.
If you notice your desktop background has changed, there are extra toolbars or new buttons on toolbars, or changes to the shortcuts on your desktop, chances are you have been hacked. Hackers often deliver malware to your devices via toolbars that then can alter other settings on your computer.
3. Password protected accounts are locked out or passwords no longer work.
If you know you are entering the password correctly, chances are a hacker has attempted to access your account and locked your account. Now you have to reset your password and if they have “mirroring” malware on your computer, it will send them your new password once you unlock your account and reset it.
TIP: If you notice passwords problems on one device, try accessing your account on another device. If you can log in with your current password, then you know you’ve been hacked.
4.Your mouse starts moving on its own.
This is quite a scary thought, but certain types of malware do allow a hacker to remotely connect to your device and take control. In some cases, they could also deliver ransomware onto your device and essentially lock you out until you pay the ransom.
5. Unexpected website redirects to sites you normally do not visit.
If you enter a web address or do a search and it takes you to a strange website, chances are you have malware on your device. Hackers will redirect people through paid ads that they can profit from, as well as ads that can run up the costs for a business and hurt that business directly.
With the number of new attacks steadily increasing, you can bet the upcoming holiday season is going to be prone to at least a few cyber attacks at major retailers, as well as private individuals. Since you can never truly be 100% secure these days, it is always a good idea to have a decent backup of all of your important files and data. Plus, it does not hurt to have a backup of your backup.
In the event, your device gets hacked and crashes or you can no longer access data due to a storage device failure, please feel free to contact the data recovery experts at Taking It Mobile by calling 888.877.5002 (1-888-Call-TIM) today!