In this day and age, cybercriminals are more inconspicuous than ever – it's not uncommon for a computer to be infected with a virus or malware for months before the user finds out. Still, it is very possible to detect cyberthreats if you are aware of and on the lookout for signs that an unauthorized party may have gained access to your computer. With this in mind, our Delaware County IT security service would like to point out a few indicators that your computer has been compromised:
- Your computer is running more slowly than usual – If you've noticed that your computer is taking longer than normal to load, malware may be to blame. When malware infects a machine, it often runs in the background and collects data, which can greatly slow down the computer. So if you're experiencing decreased computer speed, don't just dismiss it – consider the fact that you may be dealing with malware and act accordingly by backing up files, running a malware scan, etc.
- You have a hard time staying connected to the Internet – In addition to affecting your computer's speed, malware can also steal your Internet bandwidth and destabilize your connection. If you encounter abnormal issues with Internet connectivity, first contact your Internet service provider (ISP) to make sure the problem isn't originating from them. If your ISP isn't responsible, then malware is likely the culprit.
- Your email account starts sending spam – If your coworkers or friends begin to receive emails that you didn't send, this is a surefire sign that someone else has gained control of your computer. To remedy this situation, change your email account password immediately and consult our IT security service in Delaware County for further guidance.
- Your webcam light comes on when you aren't using it – There is a type of malware called a remote administration tool (RAT) that can allow a hacker to take control of your computer, typically for the purpose of accessing your webcam. Furthermore, if you notice that your webcam is active for an inexplicable reason, you'll definitely want to scan your computer thoroughly for malware.
- You encounter virus-related pop-ups – If you receive phony messages that your computer is infected by a virus, it may be a sign that you've been hacked. What's worse, if you accept the offer for a virus scan or an antivirus program download, you may end up giving the hacker even more control over your computer. Therefore, you should always dismiss messages of this sort and use a trustworthy virus scanner to check for threats if you suspect them.
By taking these warning signs seriously, you can prevent viruses and malware from doing severe damage to your computer.
We Offer Intelligent, Comprehensive Delaware County IT Security Services
Here at Alura Business Solutions, we know it's a lot of work to protect your organization's network against threats while also running your business. That's why we offer world-class IT security services Delaware County companies can depend on, including Umbrella threat protection. This service functions to block phishing, malware and botnets from infiltrating your devices and to quarantine/eliminate any threats that are found.
To learn more about what Alura can do for your business, call 844-558-7200 today. And for information about four common, destructive types of ransomware, be sure to take a peek at last week's post. We look forward to having your organization as a client!