Online accounts are vulnerable to hackers, which could really harm not only your files but your transactions and personal accounts as well. It is advisable to know if you’ve been hacked and be watchful for any changes made in your system.
Here are some indicators for a red alert:
a.Transactions were made without your knowledge. Communications were sent to your contacts and changes appeared in your accounts. This is a warning sign that hackers passed by your system.
b. New programs have been installed in your personal computer, files were lost and new ones appeared.
c. Some changes have been made in your account, you discovered banking transactions, credit card usage, etc. which you are unaware of.
d. Friends and contacts inform you of unusual messages they receive from your account, and you too have not received any from them.
e. Check your browser’s history, if sites were opened and you can’t even remember surfing the web on those periods.
f. You noticed that a virus seemed to create havoc in your PC. Take note, it’s more than just a virus. Somebody has penetrated your account and is doing some changes that can inflict irreparable damage to your life. In this age of technological advancements, our online accounts contain all valuable information, even bank details and most of our official transactions. It requires utmost protection the way it was, before the advent of digital era. Lots of changes can be made in just a single click. Hackers are like criminals looking for a prey. For whatever evil reason they may have, your accounts are not always safe. They too got experts in information technology and knows exactly how to carry out their evil plans.Keep your accounts secure, take these steps but still be cautious and observant even on minor alterations in the system:
a. Download anti-malware software, antivirus and the latest security programs. Also have a firewall installed and anti-spyware. These are just basic security measures.
b. Be cautious when you are outside of home and using open wifi. It would be easier for hackers to interfere and download files.
c. When disposing a gadget, please delete all personal information and files before your discard it. Be sure to empty the hard drives.
d. Provide exotic answers to security questions. Think of a term or a phrase that simple guessing will never get it right.
e. Be creative with passwords, change it frequently and use different passwords for several accounts. Be careful with your mobile phones, it contains the most valuable information that could in turn create the most damage against you once it gets hacked.
f. Beware of scammers. Don’t readily respond to pop up questions on screens nor supply information that they demand from you in order to proceed to another link. Always consult a trusted IT or computer expert, have your accounts and computers and gadgets checked regularly to know if you’ve been hacked. Be updated with the latest online protection measures to keep yourself safe from hackers.