There is not one way you can be hacked, but there are many. And it is very important in today’s world that you recognize these signals so that you can act against them.

It’s no secret that anti-malware software is inaccurate and cannot be trusted for your cybersecurity.

Some signs that leave no doubt that you have been hacked are:

  • When you receive a message asking you to pay a ransom to regain access to your lost data.
  • When you receive a warning that warns you about the virus present in your system and suggests that you should download an antivirus program. It later offers a free fake antivirus.
  • When you start seeing random popups on your screen regularly.
  • When you find an unwanted browser toolbar that did not exist before.
  • When you get a notification from someone that you have been hacked.
  • When your web searches are redirected.
  • When your cursor moves between programs and makes your own selections.
  • When your friends receive a social media invite from you that you never sent.
  • When you install unexpected software on your device.
  • When your confidential data is leaked.
  • When your antivirus and task manager are disabled.
  • The first step to take after finding out that your system has been hacked is to recover your data before moving on to another task. Just click on the restore button.

As we have always been taught, the best cure is prevention. That learning fits here more than anything else.

If you’ve been hoping that your anti-malware program can thoroughly detect the virus and protect your network from malicious hacking attacks, we’d say that’s nothing short of a recipe for disaster.

The best way to fight malware is to always stay alert and watch for common signs of hacking. If risk avoidance is your top priority, make sure to restore your computer. Since once your device is compromised, there is no going back. Malware has the potential to hide in places that usually go unnoticed. The only thing you can do to save your computer from a data breach is to start all over again.

Some of the most common malicious hacks come from Trojan horse programs, phishing emails or unpatched software programs.

If you’re not relying solely on luck and the effectiveness of your antivirus, make sure you and your team have enough tools, techniques, and training to keep your business from getting these three common causes of hacking.