Although you might be as cautious as possible, accidents are a part of life. Like “real life”, sooner or later you will have a computer “accident” no matter how cautious you are; whether that be unintentionally deleting data, hardware failure, or malicious events such as viruses or ransomware. The sooner you deal with computer incidents, the more likely it is that you will be able to recover without much harm. Recovering from data loss is something I’ll cover in a future post, but this one focuses on how you can you tell whether you have been a victim of a malicious attack, such as hacking.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A HACK
WHAT TO DO
The sooner you act, the better. If the compromise is a work related issue, don’t attempt to fix the problem yourself; instead report it to your supervisor, manager, and/or IT department. If it is your personal account which has been hacked, here are some suggestions for what to do: