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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How To Tell If You Have Been Hacked & How to Protect Yourself



October is 'National Cyber Security Awareness Month and what better time to make sure you are protected from all of the real threats on the Internet and informed of what the latest scams and hoaxes are. If you read what's in the news and on social media, it seems everyone is getting hacked these days and you probably think you're next. Relax, if something strange is going on with your devices, it's probably a random glitch and not some shady hacker trying to break into your computer, smartphone or tablet. To help give you piece of mind and to keep you better informed, I'm going to share some tips to let you know if you’ve been hacked and what to do if you’ve been a victim of a cyber-crime.

The majority of hacks and viruses that attack your devices can not infect your computers, smartphones and tablets without human interaction. This means in order for a virus to get into your devices or for someone to steal information from your devices, you have to initiate it. Remember that file you downloaded that wasn't from your co-worker or family member? That link you clicked on in that email or text? Remember that time tech support called to alert you about the problems with your computer and you let them log in? That's how your devices are infected. Criminals don't concentrate as much on attempting to break in individual devices (home and small businesses) and are more focused on 'social engineering', not hacking to get your information. What is social engineering? It's the act of using deceptive means to get your data. That is why you see a rise in robocalls, spam and scam texts.

Don't want to compromise your information or get hacked from your devices? Always be careful when using your comp