Yes, even I get hacked from time-to-time.
Monday, I was working on a ‘sick’ computer when all of the sudden, my firewall notified me some nefarious actions were happening on MY computer.
I noticed 15-20 ‘programs’ installing on my system – I wasn’t TOUCHING my system. So, I did what any good computer guy would do – I pulled the power cord!
Next, I pulled my hard drive, hooked it up to my test system and started scanning for viruses and malware. Sure enough, a piece of bad software had made its way from the client’s computer (the ‘sick’ computer I was working on) to my main computer.
A few hours later, I received an email from some nefarious person telling me they hacked into my system and stole my stored passwords. They want $3,000 or they will smear my reputation. Funny thing is – if they actually did steal my passwords, they could log into my bank account and see I don’t have $3,000 – LOL!
1. Change your passwords on a regular basis. Me? I change ALL my passwords – email, Facebook, etc. – every couple of months. Guess how I remember my passwords? Yep, I write ’em down on a piece of paper. Hard to hack into paper…
2. Regularly scan for viruses and malware. I use AVG Antivirus and Super Anti Spyware. VERY inexpensive and VERY effective.
3. Back up your data. I cannot preach this enough – backup your pics and docs. Pics and docs cannot be replaced! I use a subscription service called IDrive which backs up my goods to the cloud.
4. Back to the password routine – do NOT make your passwords easy to remember. Use numbers, capitalized letters and special characters. Example: MqpR$)*( is completely random but effective.
5. Call/text 615-476-7823 should you need help or advice.