You can take steps to avoid it or be on the look-out for odd things to stay away from. Yes, if there’s a will, there’s a way meaning if that hacker is good enough, and wants to hack your computer, he will. The Pentagon and US government has been hacked so you are no exception.
That being said, you can take some steps to avoid being the next hack victim. Here’s what you should look for:
- Fake wireless access points – If you’re looking to join a wireless network, make sure it’s yours or a trusted one. This is a trap that can easily wipe you clean of your credit card account and give an easy portal to your computer. Make sure the Starbucks wireless access or airport hotspot is legit. What happens here is that the hackers ask for you to log in for the free access. They’ll use these same credentials for your computer log-in as well as bank accounts assuming you use the same log-in info.
- Cookie monster! If you use a public computer, wipe your cookies clean. Otherwise, hackers could grab this info, even if encrypted, and become you!
- Redirected websites – This may just look like your normal every day computer virus, but this could prompt your personal info to be shared out to another website, a site that farms personal info.
- Bait and switch – You may be told you are downloading one thing, but you then are downloading a malicious file. If you’re downloading free software, make sure it is from a trustworthy source.
If you have been hacked, you should get professional anti-hacker removal service right away. It will ensure you have removed the hacker info and are safe going forward.