The Dangers of Hacking and What a Hacker Can Do to Your Computer

How Hackers Operate and How to Protect Yourself

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People, not computers, create computer threats. Computer predators, Hackers, victimize others for their own gain.

Give a predator access to the Internet and the threat they pose to your security increases.

Computer hackers are users who break into computer systems in order to steal, and/or destroy information, by installing dangerous malware without your knowledge.

Their clever tactics and detailed technical knowledge help them access the information you really don’t want them to have.

How can hackers find me?

Anyone who uses a computer connected to the Internet is susceptible to the threats that computer hackers and/or online predators pose.

These online villains typically use phishing scams, spam email or instant messages and/or bogus websites to deliver dangerous malware to your computer.

Therefor this can compromise your computer security.

Therefor computer hackers can also try to access your computer and information directly if you are not protected by a firewall.

Usually disguised with a fake identity, predators can lure you into revealing sensitive personal and/or financial information.

What are things that a hacker can do to me?

While your computer is connected to the Internet, the malware a hacker has installed on your PC quietly transmits your personal and financial information.

They will be able to:

  • Firstly hijack your usernames/passwords
  • Steal your money
  • Request new account pins or additional credit cards
  • Make purchases
  • Obtain cash advances
  • Use your Social Security number
  • Sell your information to other parties who will use it for illicit or illegal purposes for instance

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How will I know if I’ve been hacked?

Check the accuracy of your personal accounts, credit cards, and above all, documents.

Are there unexplained transactions?

Questionable and/or unauthorized changes?

If so, dangerous malware installed by predators or hackers may already be lurking.

What can I do about computer hackers and predators?

When you arm yourself with information and resources, you’re wiser about computer security threats. Also less vulnerable to threat tactics.

In other words hackers and predators pose equally serious and but very different threats.

Protect yourself while online

  • Continually check the accuracy of personal accounts
  • Use extreme caution when entering chat rooms
  • Limit the personal information you post on a personal Web pages
  • Carefully monitor requests by online “friends”
  • Keep financial information out of online conversations
  • Use extreme caution when agreeing to meet an online “friend” or acquaintance in person

Security Tips to Prevent Hacking

  • Use a 2-way firewall
  • Update your operating system regularly
  • Increase your browser security settings
  • Avoid questionable Web sites
  • Only download software from sites you trust.

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Practice safe email and virus/malware protocols

  • Don’t open messages from unknown senders
  • Immediately delete messages you suspect to be spam
  • Make sure that you have the best security software products installed on your PC
  • Use antivirus protection
  • Get anti-spyware software protection

Contact us at I.T. Vision for a quote on your Anti-Virus.

Originally Posted By: WebRoot