Most people will never get hacked in their lives. However, if the time ever comes, then you need to be prepared.
Today, I’m going to tell you about some of the telltale signs you’ve been a victim of a hacking attempt. If any of these things are happening to you, then you will want to take some precautionary steps to ensure your identity remains safe.
5) You’ve received a password change notification
Many online services will email you when someone requests a password change or clicks the ‘Forgot my password’ option. If this has happened to you, and you didn’t do it yourself, then someone has tried to hack your account.
Sometimes, they may have done this accidentally – maybe your account name is similar to theirs and they couldn’t enter a password. In other cases, it’s the first warning signs of a targeted hacking attempt.
If this occurs, then you should take a few precautions. First, change your password and security questions to something nonsensical to make them virtually impossible to guess, like jjj22l1kand1#%. Change your passwords and install antivirus software just in case.
4) Your web browser has experienced some odd changes
If you’ve suddenly noticed some changes in your web browser, then that’s bad. You might see new plugins or unfamiliar names in your bookmark bar. That’s not usually a sign of a hacking attempt, but it could be the signs of a malware attack.
Malware attacks are often used by hackers to steal your information. If you’ve noticed weird changes on your web browser, then it could be the early signs of a targeted attack against you.
3) Website redirections
Website redirections are some of the most common and annoying types of attacks out there today.
A website redirection generally sends you to websites that you didn’t actually intend to visit. The Google Redirect virus is particularly common, for example.
Instead of going to Facebook, your browser may redirect you to a website that looks exactly like Facebook. Unfortunately, that website is not Facebook and it just wants to steal your email and password if you’re dumb enough to enter that information without looking at the browser’s address bar. Don’t fall for these tricks.
2) Weird computer optimization software or virus warnings
Some PC antivirus software tricks users into thinking their system is more infected than it actually is. These malicious software programs may tell you that there are thousands of problems with your computer and that the only way to solve them is to buy the full version of the software program for $50.
There are some good software programs out there that cost $50, but if a software program has taken over your system and is demanding money in order to fix “Critical” problems, then it could be a scam.
1) Mouse or keyboard acting strangely
If you’re legitimately experiencing a hacking attempt, then the hacker could be attempting to remotely access your PC. That involves taking over control of your mouse and keyboard and it’s extremely dangerous – once someone has remote access to your system, they can do all sorts of bad things with it.
If this is the case with your system, then that doesn’t mean you’ll randomly see your keyboard move across the screen. Instead, you may notice your mouse doesn’t respond as quickly or your keyboard ignores certain keystrokes.
If these problems are happening repeatedly, then it might be more than just a hardware failure. Install antivirus software or disconnect your internet and see if the problem persists.
As mentioned above, most people will never experience the pain of a hacking attack. However, if you’ve noticed any of the warning signs listed above, then you could be a target for some reason or another.