Your Email Account Is Sending Out SpamHeed messages from your friends that say your accounts have been hacked. If your account starts sending out spam email, you’ve probably been infected with a malware. If your password is automatically entered when you login to a site, malware can see that information and send out spam links to all of your contacts. Run a virus and spyware/malware scan and change your passwords immediately.
Online Stores Call About Purchases You Didn’t MakeA good thing about most online stores is if they see a purchase that is out of the norm for your account, they’ll call to verify you made the purchase. If this happens, your credentials have probably been hacked and stored information online is being used to make extravagant purchases in your name. Stay sharp and always monitor your online shopping accounts to prevent this from happening. Also keep an eye on your credit card and bank account statements.
Your Webcam Light Turns On UnexpectedlyThis is a common sign of your computer being hacked. This is done via Remote Administration Tools (RATs). A hacker is able to take control of your computer remotely and can view/capture what your webcam sees. In most cases, people are infected by this by not being careful with the downloaded files you open. Always stay mindful of the downloaded files you open and scan everything for viruses.
Unwanted ToolbarsIf you have an excessive amount of toolbars you don’t remember installing, you may be compromised. Fortunately, you’re able to easily go into your Internet browser’s setting and disable/uninstall most of the unwanted toolbars. When in doubt, remove it. Always run spyware/malware/anti-virus software to keep your computer safe.
These are only a few ways to tell if your computer has been compromised. Always be on the lookout for unexpected or unnatural activity on your computer. Keep an anti-virus software program running continually and run spyware/malware scanners often in order to keep yourself safe online.