The great heist movies of the past often featured villains as safecrackers, ammunitions experts or heavily armed individuals whose identities were masked by a simple handkerchief or ski mask. Oh, the good old days. Fast forward to villains today, known as hackers.
“Hackers today may be armed with nothing more than a computer, operating anonymously behind the scene using technology,” said Deborah Guild, PNC chief security officer.
While identifying the criminal is nearly impossible, individuals should be aware of the warning signs and learn what steps they can take to regain control of their device.
Hacking refers to the unauthorized infiltration of a computer or a network for illicit purposes. Phishing, SMiShing, ransom ware and malware and skimming are all different and common methods used to hack a system or system data.
So how do you know if you may have been hacked, and what can you do about it? Some signs that you may have been hacked, include:
All of these signs individually could be symptoms of other technology issues. But when troubleshooting, keep in mind the potential that the device may be compromised.
If you suspect that your computer has been compromised by a hacker, some steps that may help towards recovery include:
Help to defend against intruders in your computer system with some basic best practices:
Learn more about prevention and detection on PNC’s Security and Privacy website »
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1. Olmstead, Kenneth, and Smith, Aaron. “Americans and Cybersecurity.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. (26 January 2017). http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/01/26/americans-and-cybersecurity/
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