Everthing feels safe and sound until you can't login to your favorite app/ website.

Usually, when a hacker gains entry to your array of devices to do their dirty work, they don’t want you to know. That way it is easier for them to come back another time to find or decide what to do next.

Despite not being aware of their presence, there are a number of signs that indicate a hacker may have infiltrated the network or devices you use. Some instances are computer related and some are not. If the list below sounds familiar to you, perhaps you are a victim… without knowing it.

How? Well, the malicious program/app in your device uses your device’s resource to scan the device and transmit information to the hacker’s server.

Another sign, commonly in smartphones and tablets, is an unusual high data loss. This can come from malware and spy apps running in the background apps. (both solved by Avast for android and IOS uses look out avoid jailbroken and or second hand phones)

Supposing a hacked has gained access to one of your devices, they have access to its accounts too; from social media to email to various apps you might have installed. This unapproved access can be detected when you notice change in passwords, new sign ups etc.

When you hear you hard drive whirring overtime, it could be your antivirus scanning or a hacker placed some malware to look for information to damage or steal.

I bet you have seen how many toolbars/random pop ups appear on your browser after an installation of a program. If not, then you experience redirects to web search engines other than the Google you are fond of seeing.

Just do not open these… No matter the amount of money being offered on them from reading the subject.

With the above being the most common forms of ending up compromised, if not already compromised, you wonder what ways are in place to ward yourself from such. Good practices and a few apps can assist.

With password protection, password managing programs such as Lastpass offer a great deal of protection. Installation of Avast mobile protection on android and Lookout for IOS assist with overall mobile device protection. As for your computer regular virus and malware scans help boost protection. As for your browsers, visit secure site that begin their URL address with https:// . However if URL sounds new to you, install https:// everywhere and your browser will turn any page you visit to a secure site blocking any hacking opportunities.

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