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Got hacked? How to find out whether you are hacked and what to do if yes.

Everyone is afraid of hackers and wishes to get rid of them. But threats are not equal to everyone. A layman is less exposed to the threat that a politician or a famous figure. Phishing emails can target high profile individuals who want to steal secrets or transfer large sums of money from corporate networks. You and your friends and family may face different threats: from people you know seeking revenge or from crime groups that collect credentials using automated tools.

Jake Moore, a cyber security specialist at Eset, an internet security company says “We all like to think that we’re not susceptible to social engineering or other kinds of cyber attacks but the truth is that even intelligent, self-aware people still get caught up in online scams that can have very damaging consequences,”. He added “Many people will even admit they don’t click on phishing emails but may still get caught up in online scams. Several emails may still slip through the net without realisation and can have serious effects financially or socially.”

It is important to understand the threats. Everyone has their own set of threats, which includes what's most important to them. What's important to you will never be the same of another one. But there is value to everything you do online: from Facebook, Netflix to online banking and shopping. If one of your accounts has been hijacked, stolen login information or financial details can be used across the web.

 

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks are less likely to contain your credit card details. But there are other types of risks. Hacked social media accounts can be used to embarrass, defame, post compromising messages, harass, or create an image of you in front of everyone you know.

Identify unusual behavior

The obvious sign of hacking you is when something changes. Your Google Account access may not be able to access your regular username and password, or suspicious purchases may be charged to one of your bank accounts. These are clear indications that you have compromised in some way. Hope the banks to find dubious payments before things get too much.

However, there may be warning signs before compromising any of your digits. You may be alerted about unusual attempts to log into the account that someone is trying to log in to: for example, Facebook and Google will send you notifications and emails that tell you about attempts to log into your account. This is normal even if someone has tried and failed to sign in, but alerts can be generated when someone successfully signed in from unfamiliar

Regain control

If you know your account has been hacked, this is when you start working hard. Regaining control of an account is not straightforward. It depends on who has the access.And there is a good chance that several admins will be involved.

First, you need to contact the company that owns your account. In such cases, each organization will have its policies, procedures, and recovery procedures.And that can be easily found through an online search.

Account recovery through the company that hacked you is the first step to regain control. You need to make sure that all the applications and software you use (both phone and desktop) are up-to-date. Specifies the other steps you have compromised. If you can signed into a hacked email account, you should make sure the settings are not handled. You should turn on a setting to automatically transfer all your emails to another account.

Secure everything

The best way to reduce the risk of hacking is to limit your personal attack surface. Start with your online hygiene and you are less likely to compromise. (Although some attacks do happen all the time, especially from modern actors who pursue specific goals). Once your accounts have hijacked by an organized group, there is a high chance to get targeted again. When you think about your online presence, you should take into account how much information you put out in advance.

If you have got hacked once, inspire from it, and protect all your accounts. Double-check the security. People with high-risk levels can take several additional steps. You can use a VPN, Tor, or Google's advanced protection program to enhance online privacy and anonymity.

Kelly Irene

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