Are you among the many who have seen more status updates on social media websites saying things like, “please ignore my emails as my account was compromised”? Sometimes they might also later add “everything is okay now”. Or maybe you’ve seen this one and were glad it wasn’t you, “lost all my contacts please text me your numbers folks.”
Here’s one reality and let’s face it, no one is immune to hackers in today’s world and only being aware/informed will help us be safe from the breed of internet hackers (both ethical and unethical). Hacking is when someone tries to gain access to a computer to view and access data without destroying or maliciously harming the computer. Hackers may use free public Wi-Fi to remotely access your smartphone to install spyware. Another ethical form of hacking is when a hacker works towards finding exploits to prevent other hackers from harming one’s network/computer(s). Good young ethical hackers or computer enthusiast often get paid and hired by big corporations to do such work.
First and foremost avoid and delete any possible phishing emails that trap you into believing false details and ask you to take immediate action! Be very suspicious of any emails from unknown email addresses, links in emails, emails from banks/institutions asking you to reconfirm or change passwords and more. Anytime someone asks for financial help in an email, says urgent action required and tells you that services will terminate, the most important thing is to never to click on the links in the email and to call your bank directly. Go and access the website from your bookmarks or opening the site yourself. Ensure it has https and a small padlock icon to indicate it is secure to access it.
Be smart online
It’s a sad world we live in when if something is unbelievably good to you online, it is most likely false! Have your privacy settings set to strong, keep social profiles private even if you don’t share anything too personal, keep anti-virus software updated and always block pop-ups. Also, go to My computers>Uninstall or change a program and see if there are any unknown programs and uninstall the ones you don’t need or know. If you think your system has been compromised, disconnect the Internet, change passwords, run a virus scan in safe mode, restart the PC and keep checking on any abnormality.
Here’s a list of the best free malware removal software for Windows PC: https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-malware-removal-tools
What the laws say
The Information and Communication Technology Laws criminalize unauthorized access and use of computers and databases, using the computer for fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, password and social security hacks. However these laws only protect the larger interest of society and common users have to protect themselves. In case of unethical hacking we must inform the service provider and also inform our contacts.
LAN network monitoring software
Using strong business network monitoring software can help you to filter out websites, objectionable URLs, applications and in turn keep the network clean of malware. LogicMonitor business in-depth network monitoring software comes with full live monitoring features, logged reports, remote control, filtering and more.