16 Clear Signs You’re About to Be Hacked

They are among the most frequent security errors that could leave you vulnerable to attacks.

You Get Contest Information You Didn’t Sign Up For

“Don’t provide personal details (social identification number, bank or credit cards information bank information address, telephone number, etc.) to raffles, contests or other forms on the internet that you did not explicitly register for. Beware of clicking on links in texts from numbers that you don’t recognise.” –Rene Kolga the Senior Director for Product Management at cybersecurity technology company

You Received a Suspicious E-Mail and a phone call

“Today’s hackers usually employ an integrated approach that involves computers as well as phone and other methods. For instance, someone calls you on the phone, pretend that they’re from the bank and request that you update your password because they’ve recently upgraded the system. If you state that you’d like to do this through a website instead of via phone, they’ll send you the URL for a site which is identical to your bank’s site, however it not.” –Mark Gazit the director of ThetaRay ThetaRay, an online provider of big-data analysis solutions.

You have the same password for everything

“When we reuse passwords are we increasing the chance that hackers get access to not only one however, but many of our accounts online. Instead of reusing an easy-to-remember password for multiple websites users should select one password that is unique for each website. Use an online account manager for passwords.”  Ashley Boyd the VP of advocacy for Mozilla. Mozilla.

You Believe Unbelievable Deals

“When offered unexpectedly be sure to ask yourself if it’s too promising to be real. Would I be able to trust this person or this situation in the event that it occurred in the real world (e.g. offline)? Do you want to get an additional opinion from a tech-savvy colleague, friend or loved one of your family members.” –Rene Kolga Executive Director for Product Management at cybersecurity tech company Nyotron.

You engage with Suspicious Emails

“If you receive an email that appears suspicious from an email address of a friend Do not respond with “Is it you? The fraudster will respond “Yes. If an suspect email sent from your financial institution has an address do not call it. Instead, search for the bank’s address in the Yellow Pages or Google it.” Mark Gazit, the CEO of ThetaRay A provider of large-scale analytics for big data.

You’ve Got a Password That’s Not Secure

“Most people are scared of losing login details or do not think that using passwords poses the best way to protect themselves. If someone isn’t interested in passwords, they fall back to poor password habits, which exposes them to risks. Users create short passwords that are easy to remember and then reuse the passwords across multiple accounts. Additionally, the majority of people haven’t changed their passwords over the past year, even after learning of an incident reported in news. The same study found that 15% of users would rather complete a household chore, while another 11 percent prefer to be in traffic rather than actively changing the passwords they use.” –Rachael Stockton Director of Product Marketing at LastPass.

You’re not sure it could Have Happened to You

It is a good idea to assume that you are going to be targeted at some point, and you’ll. Don’t think that just since you have an unassuming, quiet life that you aren’t the next victim.” –Mark Gazit the CEO of ThetaRay.

It is not recommended to update your apps and OS

“Software updates are similar to oil changes. They might seem annoying for a while but they are a way to avoid major issues in the future. By neglecting updates and running older versions of software, you could be operating programs with known vulnerabilities.”–Ashley Boyd, VP of Advocacy at Mozilla.

You left your computer unguarded in a coffee shop

“A combination of not locking your computer in a public area and keeping passwords in spreadsheets or files on your computer could make you vulnerable.” –Tom DeSot CIO, EVP of Digital Defense, Inc.

You provided information to an Unencrypted Website

“Entering sensitive information such as your credit card numbers on websites that are not encrypted is dangerous. When you enter your personal details online, be sure the site is secured. How? Browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have an icon of a lock next to the URL in order to let you know that a website is secure. Also, make sure that the URL has “https’ and not just “http’.” -Ashley Boyd, Ashley Boyd the Director of Advocacy for Mozilla. Mozilla.

You’re Impatient

“Many people aren’t concerned about entering additional details to prove their identity. They would like to access their accounts efficiently and in the fastest way possible. However, this can lead to the risk of being more vulnerable. The usual method to gain access to the online user account involves through a user name and password. In the event that an attacker gets access to your password, they can gain the ability to access your accounts. Setting up MFA (multi-factor authentication) on crucial accounts like email or online banking can help to limit the risk as the attacker requires a second piece of information to gain access to your accounts. Not all MFA’s are to be the same. One common option is to receive a verification code by SMS text (SMS). This isn’t the most secure way to utilize MFA as an attacker could port your phone and obtain the verification pin that allows access to your account (as previously mentioned). Better to install an authentication app like Google Authenticator which allows you to input a pin directly within your application.” –Will Mendez director of Friedman CyZen LLC , cybersecurity consulting firm

You don’t pay attention to account alerts

“Many users do not pay enough attention to notifications they receive regarding account changes, specifically password changes. This could be a sign an attempt by someone to gain access to your account by changing your password. If you are alerted and you don’t recall requesting an account reset, contact your provider immediately.” –Will Mendez director of Friedman CyZen LLC , an organization that provides cybersecurity-related consulting services.

You’re banking through Wi-Fi Public

“A frequent mistake we observe consumers making that put the risk of getting hacked is connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots that are not secure. While it’s practical to use Wi-Fi on the go however, it’s very easy for hackers to intercept data sent to the internet via an unsecure network. There are cybercriminals who create fake WiFi hotspots in public places in order to steal personal information from users who connect. Avoid connecting to Wi Fi networks that aren’t secured by passwords, and do not connect to websites that require banking information or other security while connected to a public Wi-Fi network.” –Brian Anderson Security expert working at Kaspersky Lab North America.

There’s no password on Your Mobile

“Sure everyone is aware that it’s more than good sense. It’s the responsible, smart choice to make, but most people don’t set a password or passcode on their phones. An earlier survey conducted by Pew Research found that 28 percent of smartphone owners claim they don’t have screens locks or any other security feature for accessing their phones. Even when you (mistakenly) think that you are not in danger keep in mind that your smartphone has a wealth of information on every aspect of your life, from your bank accounts to your shopping lists. If you don’t have a password or passcode the phone is a flimsy book that’s ready to be stolen.” –Andrew Newman.

You Never Back Your Stuff Up

“Getting hackers is quite possible and you should always create backups of important data! Try to do it at least once per week and if you can, more frequently.”  Daniel Dolev , Berthold Badler Chair in Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a part of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council

You give away too many Tips on Social Media

“Posting sensitive information on social media profiles like your birth date or your pet’s name, names of your family members–all of these can be made available to your.” –Jason Hart as CTO and VP of Data Protection at Gemalto. .