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What If I’ve Been Hacked?

Monday, May 15, 2017 14:09

In the past couple of months, we have touched on how to secure our devices, our home network, our passwords and even ourselves.  Even with all of these safeguards in place, there is still a chance that we will be hacked.  So, what are we supposed to do when all of our safeguards fail?

Backups

The first thing we need to take care of is our data.  Regular backups should be made of all of our personal information, be it our desktops, laptops or mobile phones.  If a device is hacked, it could be massively important that we are able to recover any lost data.  Many ransomware attacks, for example, will hold a computer and its data hostage, demanding money to restore access to one’s own information.

Changing Passwords

This one is a bit more straight forward.  If one of our online accounts is hacked, we need to log in to the company’s website and change our password as soon as possible.  This should ensure that the attacker is not only logged out of the account, but that they cannot get back in any time soon, assuming the new password is strong and unique.

Be Mindful

An overall state of mindfulness is useful when it comes to security.  We need to keep an eye on all accounts such as credit cards or bank accounts, and if there is any strange activity noticed, the financial institution needs to be called right away.  This type of diligence will help us minimize the damage caused by a successful attack against us.