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Don’t Ignore These Signs—You May Have Been Hacked

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Jan 21st, 2015
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    1Unusually slow computers. 2Computer isn't how you left it. 3Accounts getting locked.
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Small businesses often have the misguided notion that hackers are only interested in large companies. Actually, an article by Nicole Fallon in Business News Daily reveals that hackers look at small businesses as easy prey. They know that small business owners are juggling multiple responsibilities and often operating on a shoestring, so typically their security controls are weaker.

“Recent research by HSB found that more than half of all small and midsize businesses have been hacked at some point, and nearly three-quarters weren’t able to restore all the lost data. The two most common methods of attack are phishing — gathering sensitive information by masquerading as a trusted website — and watering holes — installing malware on commonly used websites of a target group,”  Fallon says.

To find out if your security may have been breached, here is a list of signs to look for.

1. “Unusually slow Internet or computers.”
This could mean your machine has been compromised. Websites that don’t load properly and pop-up ads are another clue.

2. “A computer that appears to have been tampered with.”
Pay attention when you return to your workplace computer at the start of the day—notice whether it’s the way you left it. If you know you closed programs and shut down, but the computer is running and has a program open, then Fallon says, instead of shrugging your shoulders, consider whether it is possible that someone has tampered with the computer and taken information from it.

3. Locked-out accounts.
If you’ve ever been locked out of your social media accounts, this is a sign someone has been attempting to access them.

“In all of these instances, minor inconveniences that most people might ignore if the problem seems to resolve itself could be signs of a much more serious problem. Both experts advised keeping your antivirus software, firewalls and device operating systems up-to-date, and always remaining alert for any suspicious activity,” Fallon concludes.

To view the original article in its entirety, please visit BusinessNewsDaily.


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