With cybercrime on the rise, it’s important to know if your information has been breached. Here’s how:
Today, cybercriminals target our data in a wide variety of ways: fake texts, malware-laden links, and even fraudulent mail that impersonates government officials.
Sometimes, cyberattacks can be so discreet that you have no idea your device is even affected.
Hackers can target portals of information like your Gmail, Facebook, and iCloud accounts.
Through these accounts, they can then access sensitive information like bank details.
However, there are certain signs you can keep your eyes open for — and the sooner you learn these red flags, the more quickly you can tackle them.
Signs that your accounts/device has been hacked
If your phone, laptop or desktop starts acting glitchy or sluggish, that could mean you have been hacked.
Similarly, if your device is getting inundated with fake warnings or suspicious-looking browser pop-ups, you may be a victim of a malware attack.
One of the many ways to notice if your device has been hacked is if your device is getting flooded with fake warnings or pop-ups.Shutterstock
Another tell-tale sign is if your browser is constantly redirected to websites without you initiating it.
If your browser also begins displaying X-rated pop-ups, your device may be the victim of malicious software.
Are your friends receiving random messages from your Facebook account? That’s a good indication that your social media account has been breached.
Certain viruses need to be taken to a professional cybersecurity expert to resolve.Shutterstock
Furthermore, if your browser or device notifies you that something has been compromised, then it likely has been.
What to do if your device has been hacked
One of the easiest ways to relieve your device of a virus or malware is to undergo a factory reset.
This is a simple procedure that completely cleans your device’s internal storage.
You can also run an anti-virus program to clear out the malware, though most of these services will cost you money.
If the virus attacking your device is especially sophisticated, you may need to take it to a professional cybersecurity expert.
This story originally appeared on the Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.