5 Major Signs Your Computer Has Been Hacked

In the technologically advanced world we all work and live in, malware and ransomware attacks are more common than we would like to admit. As our security advances, so does the inclination of hackers. Many businesses, employees, and all people have fallen victim to the easiest phishing scam in the book: clicking on a link to an unsecured network. If you are one of these people, you are not alone. Although most people have now learned to not click on the link saying you won $10,000 from an email you have never seen, how can you be sure your system is not already hacked and how do you know what signs to look for in the future?

1. Significantly Slow Network

When your network is working at a significantly slower pace, it is easy to blame the Wi-Fi. And yes, most of the time it can be Wi-Fi, but we are talking about painfully slow hula-hooping of your loading icon on a browser or software that was working perfectly fine the day before. A network moving this slow could be from malware, aka “malicious software.”  

2. Login & Password Issues

As one of the more common signs of a hacker in your system, getting logged out of your system is a pain. Depending on the preventative measures you have in place, you may receive an email telling you a login attempt was made on an unfamiliar device. In this case, it is best practice to change your password before more attempts are made. In other cases, the hacker may have already made their way into your network and changed your password. Be sure to change any login credentials which use the same password that was discovered and contact your IT service provider or customer service of the network you were logged out of.

3. Frequent Random Popups

A notoriously annoying sign you have been hacked is frequent random popup ads taking over your screen. A key difference in recognizing harmless ads and ads devised from malicious software is when you see one appear on a website that typically does not run ads at all. This likely means your system has been compromised. An IT expert should be able to rid your network of harmful ads in no time.

4. Internet Searches Redirecting

If you are being redirected to sites you have never visited from links you have clicked on before, this is a major red flag. A website redirect is meant to provide extra clicks to a website making a hacker or black hat competitor more money.

5. Ransomware Message

A ransomware message appearing on your computer can feel like an absolute nightmare. Suddenly you are being told your data has been encrypted and someone is demanding ransom in return. Staring at the message can be an uneasy feeling, and not many people know how to handle the situation. Be aware that this does mean your system has been hacked and you should file a police report immediately. Without a preventative security measure in place, such as an IT provider responsible for data security, ransomware attacks can be more damaging. 

To avoid experiencing any of these signs, ensure your take preventative and proactive measures by finding an IT support expert fit to suit your needs. Finding a managed IT service provider who you trust to efficiently resolve tech issues, regain access to hacked data, and monitor your network is vital. KinTechnolgy has your safety in mind and is always looking to protect more communities. Contact us today and see how our IT experts can help protect you from hackers.