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How to Know that Your device has been hacked

by The Ghana HIT

Malicious hackers hack devices to alter the owner’s information for their benefit. Although there are various software particularly made for preventing hacking, hackers are busy developing new hacking tactics each day. The common ways to know that you have been hacked are;

You Receive Fake Antivirus Messages

You can receive a message through your mobile phone or computer that contains viruses. Hackers use such messages as antivirus scanning products with the aim of leaving your device with virus infections. Fake antivirus messages are still being used by hackers, although their popularity is diminishing each day. These messages are made in a way that they lock up your browser to ensure that the user cannot get out of the fake message before killing the browser or restarting it. Fake antivirus messages are a result of a compromised system.

Unnecessary Browser Toolbars

Unwanted browser toolbars indicate that manipulations should be dealt with immediately. Normally, a browser has various toolbars with names that show that the taskbar should help you. All toolbars should be from a trusted vendor; otherwise, you should dump them.

You Receive a ransomware message.

A ransomware message informs you that all your data is well secure, and you are required to pay so as to unlock it. Although this hacking tacking was regulated in 2017 and it is back again. A large number of people are losing billions of money to hackers through ransomware messages. Statistics indicate that approximately 50% of all ransomware messages pay the required amount, and therefore it is difficult to fight this hacking tactic. Most victims face frequent interruptions and other recovery steps after paying the ransom.

All your internet searches are redirected.

Most hackers redirect your browsers somewhere else you are not interested in visiting. The hacker will receive payment when the hacked device visits the websites they redirect. Most people find it difficult to discover these redirections are from malicious people. It is easy to spot this type of malware by typing several related words into the internet search engines and confirming if such websites appear in the results.

Today, hackers use additional proxies to ensure that the user does not doubt and that results are not returned to alert the user. Most redirections result from unwanted toolbar programs. A Technical user who wants to confirm if the redirection is relevant may sniff their browsers and network traffic. A compromised computer’s traffic varies from an uncompromised one, and both are very distinctive.

Your social media Friends receive invitations you did not send

You or your social media friends may receive a friend request from someone they are already friends with. Some friends may call or text you to confirm whether you have a new account or the reason behind sending them those invitations. In this case, the hackers might be controlling your social media site or have created a new account that resembles yours. The hacker may repost all your posts to attract your friends’ attention. It is very common on Facebook.

Unpredictably Invalid Password

When you try to log in, account access is denied after entering the correct login details, indicating that your account has been tampered with. Although it might be a technical issue, the chances of being hacked are higher. Someone may secretly steal all your detail and change passwords. Phishing emails may be the cause of login problems. The hackers may redirect you to a page that looks exactly like the original one to trap you into entering your account details.
You give you essential information without your knowledge.

Disabled Antivirus Protection and Task Programs

Unconventional viruses may disable your antivirus software. Disabled protection software indicates that you have been hacked, and therefore you should take immediate action. It is advisable to terminate all mistrustful running software through the Task Manager.

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