Anyone who is connected to the internet, and especially those who have online accounts such as social networking or email, could get compromised or ‘hacked’.  The faster you respond to a successful attack, the faster you can minimize the damage.

How does an attacker get your password?

  • From ‘phishing’ sites where you unintentionally gave your credentials
  • From infected free software that you have installed on your computer
  • Your online security is weak
  • Your password is easy to guess

How do I know if my online account has been compromised?

  • Your browser redirects you to a website that you don’t want to go to
  • There are suspicious accounts added to your system
  • There are suspicious programs installed on your computer
  • Your password can no longer work
  • Your account is locked without your knowledge
  • There are posts you never made which appear on your social network account
  • Your friends receive email from you which you never sent
  • You notice unauthorized transactions on your bank account

What can I do if my online account has been compromised?

  • Report the incident immediately to the website owner
  • Change your passwords
  • Make sure to clean your computer before resetting your passwords

How can I protect myself from being hacked?

  • Check for system updates and install patches regularly to prevent any weaknesses in your system
  • Always turn on your firewall and patch it regularly
  • Keep your antivirus software and virus definitions up-to-date
  • Scan your system for malware
  • Use a different password for each of your accounts
  • Keep your account information details safe, such as your username and password
  • Make sure your passwords are long and hard to guess, but easy for you to memorize
  • Delete all unwanted emails from your email accounts
  • If a website offers ‘2-step verification’ settings, please allow it to do so. This will prevent an attacker from hacking into your account

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