Have You Been Hacked?


Hackers are as prevalent as ever these days. The various devices and increase of Internet use is definitely a factor, so how can you prevent your computer from being a victim? Here’s a list of 3 signs that your computer may be at risk:

You receive “anti” virus messages.

This is an old school virus tactic. What happens is that the user receives a popup stating they have a virus, and they need to do a scan of their computer right away. Once the scan is completed, the program tells the user to purchase the latest antivirus software. Although the damage is done before the scan even starts, even more damage can be done if the user buys the bogus software because the hacker gains access to financial information. If this happens to you, power down your computer immediately. Then, reboot in Safety Mode and try to uninstall the malicious software. After this, restore your computer to a state before the virus and complete a full virus scan.

Mystery browser toolbars.

This is a popular hacking tactic. If you start to notice unwanted or mysterious toolbars appear on your browser, remove them. These can cause trouble and you’ll need to complete a virus scan after they’re removed.

Your bank account is missing a substantial amount of money or you get calls from stores about nonpayment of shipped goods.

These are both major red flags that one or more of your accounts have been jeopardized. If you’re missing a large amount of money, you need to contact your back right away and cancel all cards. Hackers often times send phony emails that mimic banks and trick people into providing their financial information. Then they’ll steal if not all, most of your money. Usually banks will launch an investigation and replace stolen funds, but it’s good to set up phone alerts to inform you of any transactions that have been made. If you receive a call about the nonpayment of shipped goods, this also means that someone has probably hacked into one of your accounts. Contact your bank and make a claim, then cancel all of your cards and change all of your passwords and account information.

Still not sure? See more hacking signs at StartosphereNetworks.com

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