Here at Next Tech, we’ve seen an increase in “hack” attempts at both our commercial and residential clients. Fake e-mails, remote access, and legitimate-sounding phone calls can confuse users and sometimes end up harmful. So what are some signs that you’ve been hacked, or that your accounts may be compromised?
- Somebody else is controlling your mouse or keyboard
- You get a ransomware pop-up, or can’t access any of your files without paying money
- You get an e-mail that says “we are watching you”, or has one of your current passwords listed
- You see frequent and random pop-ups, telling you to “call microsoft” or call a random 800 – number
So what do you do if you think you’re hacked?
- Change your passwords. Passwords should be unique, at least 8 characters, and a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols
- Download a good anti-virus scanner like Malwarebytes anti-malware and run a manual scan
- Remove any remote access programs from your computer
Being online has inherent risks, and sometimes require more in-depth solutions to remediate and prevent hacks in the future. You call call us at (401) 326-4463 anytime to review your account security, or remove any threats from your network.