Have you ever experienced odd happenings on your computer, gotten weird messages, had friends get strange messages supposedly from you, etc? Then there is a chance that you've been hacked in some form or fashion. Here's a list of signs of hacking and a link to an article on how to fight back. If you see this activity here at work, please report it to the IT Help Desk. If at home, take a look at the blog entry about free endpoint protection and enhanced protection for a small fee.
How to know if you've been hacked
Here are 15 sure signs you've been hacked and what to do in the event of compromise.
- You get a ransomware message
- You get a fake antivirus message
- You have unwanted browser toolbars
- Your internet searches are redirected
- You see frequent, random popups
- Your friends receive social media invitations from you that you didn’t send
- Your online password isn’t working
- You observe unexpected software installs
- Your mouse moves between programs and makes selections
- Anti-malware, Task Manager, or Registry Editor is disabled
- Your online account is missing money
- You’ve been notified by someone you’ve been hacked
- Confidential data has been leaked
- Your credentials are in a password dump
- You observe strange network traffic patterns
Read the full CSO article. It includes more information on what to do.
Remember: If you see this activity here at work, please report it to the IT Help Desk.