You have this desktop computer at work and at home with an internet connection and can now do a lot of activities and transactions like banking, online shopping, booking movie and airline tickets, order food, conduct social interactions with friends across the globe, look up online dating sites and do a lot more.
Have you ever wondered if you will be able to peep into anyone else's computer system, or scarily, wondered if someone can peep into your computer system? Yes, that is possible and it is known as hacking. Hacking is a technique of gaining access to computer systems illegally or in an unauthorized manner. For many years now, there are certain professionals called ethical hackers who are hired to hack into a computer system to detect its vulnerability and enable fixing it. Anyway, how to know if your computer gets hacked?
Simple, if you see a rapid decline in your bank balances, inordinate usage of your credit cards, if you have friends, associates, colleagues and clients complaining of weird emails purportedly sent by you, unknown programs appearing in your programs folder, known programs not responding or taking a long time to respond, when there are unusual pop-ups of websites every time you are online, when you notice unusual activities on you facebook page, and of course if your broadband usage has suddenly gone up, your computer has slowed down and you are not able to get internet information as fast as you used to. These are some symptoms of your computer having been hacked. Jokes apart, are there any systems to detect hacking and more importantly prevent hacking of your computers? Yes, there are, read on for details.
Of course, your computer system can slow down for a variety of other reasons including updates from Microsoft for Windows not executing well. But, this sort of slowing down occurs gradually and you need to worry if there is a sudden decline in computer performance quality.
There are several systems and software that can detect hacking activities and effectively prevent intrusions into your computers. For this, make sure to install a legitimate version of recommended and reliable anti-virus software, a firewall, a minimum of one anti-spy ware program. Programs that monitor your computer's registry and system files are also recommended.
It is imperative that the anti-virus, firewall and anti-spy ware programs must be capable of updating on real time basis, thereby protecting your system from new malicious codes, Trojan horses and spy ware. There are scores of hackers active round the clock attempting to break into computer systems or cause a wide spread attack. Likewise, there are scores of programmers, many well-known companies with very robust programs that prevent or alert you well in case of hacking.
It is recommended that you install only one anti-virus program. Multiple programs tend to clash and slow down computer performance, defeating the purpose of their existence. However, you can install more than one anti-spy ware program and thereby detect most kinds of intrusions. Conduct periodical scan of your computer system files, program folders to detect hacking software.
These are some of the ways of knowing if your computer has been hacked. Do take the necessary precautionary measures to prevent being hacked.