What do I do if my computer has been hacked?

hacking is common nowadays. All businesses – indeed anyone who uses a computer –
must be prepared for it.

If you are a
victim this is what you need to do:

1) Change your

Hackers will look for your email address
and password as a lot of people use the same passwords to access multiple websites.
As soon as you find a problem, change your password! Also, change your password
for other websites you log in to regularly. This will protect you against
hackers in the future, as without your password, they will only have your email
address. It’s worth a lot less without a password.

2) Check
your bank account

Hackers are after your private and
confidential information – especially your bank details. If you have been
targeted by a hacker check your bank account as soon as possible. If you see
any suspicious transactions call your bank’s fraud department immediately.

3) Recover
your accounts

All of the top online services offer a
way to get your account back if it is hacked. To protect your personal data,
find out and follow the process for every account that has been hacked.

4) Tell
your colleagues, clients and friends you have been hacked

  • In the case of a hacked email, all of
    your contacts are likely to have been sent a scam email encouraging them to click
    on a link.
  • In the case of businesses, when it is
    highly likely that you will send links to colleagues or clients, it is
    important to let them know as soon as you can to prevent any further hacks.
  • In the case of a Facebook or Twitter
    account, send a status update to everyone who needs to know to prevent them
    from becoming a target.

5) Scan
your computer

Your computer may also be infected with
Malware. Running a Malware scan will find and remove these infections. To provide
internet security you MUST install anti-virus software. Set it up so
it does not slow down network activity, yet checks for malicious software – Trojans,
viruses and spyware – regularly throughout the day.

6) After
you have taken these steps…

  • Be cautious about online shopping sites
  • Be careful with your personal data
  • Use a separate email address for online
    shopping transactions
  • Businesses can set up internet content
    filtering and block social networking websites

More information is available here (http://www.networksupportsolutions.co.uk/services/internet-and-network/internet-security#.V-T9wpMrKi4).