Updated: Dec 9, 2020
One of the most common problems we see daily at Mother Computers is when someone has been hacked or thinks they have been hacked. It's very rare that this is actually the case, but when someone is hacked, it's often too late by the time they realize it, which could result in potential loss of documents, a breach of personal or banking information, or a flat out scam. We've written this article in hopes it will help you see the warning signs of potential hacking and general tips on how to stop hacking from happening to you in the first place. We will also tell you what to do if you have been hacked.
Why does this happen?
The most common form of hacking that we have been seeing with our Victoria area customers, in particular, is in the form of email scams. Email fraud, or better known as phishing or email scams, have been around since the beginning of email. The problem is, they are getting more sophisticated and harder to spot because the emails often look very legitimate. And can fool even a well educated eye. Usually, the emails will appear to come from a person or company that you are familiar with or perhaps a trustworthy business such as Apple, Amazon, or Netflix. Sophisticated hackers will use the correct logos and a similar-looking email address as well as your name or other identifying information about you making it very hard to know for sure what is legitimate and what is not.
Phishing scams may look different but all hacking scams have the same objective: to obtain your personal information and/or access to your computer. If they are able to achieve this, they will use the information for different illegal purposes such as online purchases, bank transfers, signing up for websites using your name and/or credit card information, or other harmful and potentially dangerous activities.