From everyday banking to simple communications, it seems like we rely on the internet for everything these days. While the internet can streamline our daily tasks and make us more productive than ever, this convenience comes at a price: our security. Upwards of 60% of small businesses get hacked every year. Even if you take precautions to try to avoid it like changing passwords and using strict authentication methods, it might not matter. Some hackers can still slip through the cracks. Having your network hacked can be financially devastating if it isn’t dealt with quickly. But how can you tell if someone slipped past your defenses?
Here are five definitive signs that you’ve had your network hacked.
1. Your Device Has a Mind of Its Own
Here’s a fun fact: ghosts can’t use computers. So, if you notice a cursor moving on its own, you can rest easy knowing that it’s not due to any paranormal activity. Unfortunately, a computer acting without any internal input is a surefire sign that someone hacked into your network. If you notice this happening, you should disconnect any affected devices and contact your anti-virus support.
2. Random Redirects
It can sometimes seem like our devices have a mind of their own. That said, our computers are just oversized calculators — they only ever do what you tell them to do. When your computer begins to do something you didn’t tell it to, it could be a sign that someone hacked into your network. For example, your web browser could redirect you to an unexpected page rather than your usual homepage. Or your browser could automatically open new windows or tabs to an unfamiliar website. If either of these things happens, you should immediately disconnect your device from the network and contact support.
3. Digital Ransom Notes
Finally, the most common sign that someone hacked you is receiving ransomware messages. Ransomware can sneak its way into your system via shady websites. But, the biggest threat is highly legitimate-looking emails that can trick users into interacting with them. Once it’s in your network, ransomware will do exactly as its name suggests; it holds your data for ransom. Through ransomware, hackers can lock up your website and encrypt vital files and request payment for their return. If you come into contact with ransomware, do not interact. Do not try to contact the hackers and do not pay the requested ransom until speaking with your IT administrator. In most cases you should not pay the ransom. However if you do not have a backup, then you may end up weighing the cost of the ransom verses the cost of losing all your data. Disconnect any infected parts of your system and contact your tech support and the authorities as soon as possible.
Have You Had Your Network Hacked?
Having your network hacked can be a debilitating and devastating experience — but it doesn’t have to happen. While it seems like hackers keep getting smarter, the experts tasked with stopping them are updating their skills too. The trick to protecting yourself and your company from online threats is by having the right anti-virus service in your corner.
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