How to tell if you are being hacked? Well, it is not really always that easy to determine whether your computer has been hacked or not, making it difficult to know exactly when you have to take action. However, there are a few signs you can look out for that will tell you that someone has gotten access to your machine without your knowledge.
Unwanted Toolbars in the Browser
There might be some new toolbars on your browser with names which might suggest that the toolbar is meant to help you. Once you noticed that the toolbar doesn’t come from a known vendor, make sure that you remove it right away.
Fake Antivirus Message
Probably one of the most definite signs that you have a compromised system is the appearance of fake antivirus warning messages. You will be lured by a malicious fake message on antivirus warning where a product is offered. The moment you click on the link, you will be directed to a site that looks professional enough with lots of recommendation. They will then ask for your billing information and credit card number. If you do, the hackers can gain control of your system, and worse, they will also get your banking or credit card information.
Redirected Internet Searches
Yet another sign that your machine is compromised, redirected internet searches happen because hackers get paid when they get your clicks to show on a different website.
Sudden Change in Online Passwords
If you have noticed some sudden changes in one or several of your online passwords, there is a high chance that you are being hacked or at least, the online service you are using, is hacked. Here, the victim will be urged to reply to a phish email that looks authentic which claims to come from the service which ends up with changed password. Hackers will then use the information they go to steal money from victims or the victims’ contacts while pretending to be the victim.
Random Popups While Browsing
It is yet another common sign that a lot of users encounter these days. These random popups appear during browsing sessions, even in sites that don’t really generate them. Unfortunately, many victims just continue to ignore this telltale warning sign and fail to take the necessary steps to get rid of the problem.
Social Media Exploitation
A lot of social media users have reported hacking incidents of their profiles and accounts. The hacks could surface in various ways. The hackers could approve rogue apps, like hijack your account, or even play with permissions. There are also more serious cases where passwords are being changed, leaving the accounts completely compromised.
Mobile and online banking is the norm right now. Hackers thrive with this trend, with the damages being collateral. Any stolen information could lead to unauthorized online purchases, or worse, emptying of victims’ accounts.
If you have noticed any of these signs, make sure you take action sooner than later to avoid falling prey into the hands of hackers.