Because October is cyber security awareness month, it’s time for you to get updated on important details regarding computer hacking. More specifically, how to figure out when your computer has been hacked, because this may be harder to determine than one might think.
Unfortunately, hacking, breaches and data leaks have not just become a hot topic, but they are almost a daily episode.
Are you one of those lucky enough not to have been affected by any digital threat or vulnerability? Congratulations! Nobody is saying that an online hack is inevitable for anyone who uses technology, but it’s better that you’re fully prepared, by keeping up to date with the latest news on this topic and taking note of a few tips and tricks.
So here are some common digital vulnerabilities and risks you should be aware of:
- When you see new files or programs on the computer
Just to make sure you were actually hacked, check with everybody who uses the computer to see if they installed the new program. If nobody did, your computer is either the victim of a virus or a Trojan horse. These programs can allow the hacker to gain access to a large amount of information stored on your computer.
Open your antivirus program and check if it has any virus detection logs. You can also run a scan of your computer and inspect your hard drive for malware.
2. Your contact lists receives spam e-mails
Hackers get into your e-mail account and start spreading spam and viruses. If you start receiving complaints from your family and friends mentioning that they receive advertising e-mails from you, that means someone is in control of your e-mail account.