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Hacked? Here’s How To Tell (5 Ways)

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Hacked? Here’s How To Tell (5 Ways)

Hackers are more common now than ever before, and organizations that aren’t proactive about protecting their systems will suffer. Unfortunately, some businesses won’t know they’ve been hacked until it’s too late.

Signs to Look For

If you’re experiencing any of the following signs, there’s a chance that your computer, and even your network, has been targeted by hackers or malware:

Files are moved or missing: A missing or misplaced file may be the result of user error or a hacking attack. Your files may have been stolen or altered by malware.

Your computer speed is slow: Malware will cause your PC to run slower than normalbecause threats like worms, trojans, and viruses eat up your computer’s resources, slowing it down. Use the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) to check if your PC’s resources are being used by unknown software.

Your browser’s homepage has changed: One of the common ways you can tell you’ve been hacked is if your browser’s homepage has been changed. If you see a sketchy search engine with questionable ads, you’ve been infected by malware.

New toolbars have appeared in your browser: Often free software online comes attached to “crapware.” This is software that could be malicious or at least unsecure. If you have new, unwanted toolbars or ads in your browser window, chances are you’ve been infected.

Questionable access log activity: If your organization’s network has unauthorized administrator accesses, you could be dealing with a hacking attack. Hackers like to use legitimate credentials to bypass your security measures. Check your access logs to tell whether there’s unauthorized activity.

No matter how vigilant you are, there are still some threats that can mask themselves from detection. To detect these threats, you need a centralized antivirus solution to identify and eliminate advanced threats.

Try a Penetration Test

If you aren’t sure about your network security, Quikteks can help you with a penetration test. This tells you whether your network would be easy for a hacker to penetrate. Our professional technicians can analyze your network for any potential security problems and suggest the best ways to plug the gap in your defenses.

Beating Back the Barbarians

Preventing threats from entering your network in the first place can minimize the amount of damage done. With an enterprise-level firewall and antivirus solution, and technologies like spam blocking and web content filtering, threats won’t stand a chance.

For more information about cybersecurity and IT management, give Quikteks a call at (973) 882-4644. We can help.

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