5 Signs of a Hack

Cyberattacks and being the victim of a hack have rapidly evolved in ways that make detecting them increasingly difficult. Anti-malware is less accurate, allowing malware and hackers to switch some bytes and hide previously recognized malware.

There are various anti-malware programs that can monitor how programs behave and detect previously unrecognized malware. Some programs are designed to use system monitoring, virtualized environments, and network traffic detection to enhance accuracy.  Even then, they are likely to fail at some point. Below are 5 signs to help you figure out whether you’ve been hacked.

Device Slows Down Suddenly

If your device freezes constantly or is struggling to do simple tasks, chances are that it is infected with worms, Trojans, or viruses. Malicious software often runs in the background and secretly ‘eats’ your device’s resources.

This can also happen with your internet connection. A sudden drop in your internet speed can be an indication that hackers are utilizing your bandwidth and attempting to seize control of your data.

Software You are Unfamiliar with

If you notice applications that you never downloaded or installed popping up on your computer, you could be victim to malware. Many genuine applications seek your permission first before installing to your device.

Any new apps in your computer that you are unfamiliar with could indicate that your device has been hacked. This can happen if you accidentally download malware injected into free music, movies, or apps to lure you into downloading it. As a general rule of thumb, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t download a ‘free’ album unless you know for sure the album is being distributed freely from a reputable site.

Presence of Unfamiliar Extensions in Your Browsers

Browser toolbars and extensions which you do not know about could be an indication of a cyber attack. Your browser always alerts you prior to installing any extensions or toolbars. Fraudulent extensions and browsers can be developed by hackers to gather personal data such as account names, financial data, and passwords.

Peculiar Popups on Your Device’s Screen

If random popups keep appearing on your screen, even after installing popup blocking software, chances are your gadget has been compromised by hackers. Some pop-ups are complex and may appear on reliable websites making it difficult to detect them. Managing popups can be an arduous task because users are unable to determine their origin.

Fishy Financial Transactions on Your Account

As the digital revolution endures, many people are opting to check their accounts and shop online rather than walking to the banks or shopping malls. Cybercriminals take advantage of this and steal personal data such as bank credentials. Unauthorized financial transactions are another sign you’ve been hacked.


As technology transforms, you should take the necessary measures to protect your devices and data from cybercriminals. Adopt stringent practices to protect your company data and ensure that your employees understand how to watch out for signs of hacking. Where possible, always use a VPN (Virtual Private Network service) that can encrypt your data movement on the network. Remember, hacking leads to data loss or compromise which can be costly to both organizations and individuals.

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