Would you know if you’d been hacked?

The scary truth is, hackers can get into your devices, fill them with malware, send emails from your accounts, and even access your bank account… and you wouldn’t know until it was too late.

This happens to businesses and charities every day.

Hopefully, your security measures are up to the job. But forewarned is forearmed, so here are some signs that a device in your business has been compromised.

1)    Devices running a lot slower than usual

If a device is more sluggish than usual, or is getting hot, this could be a sign that malware has gained access.

It will be working overtime to run the extra software, leaving your other applications to slow down. And because of all this extra work, the heat rises.

2)    Your data usage has rocketed

If malware is working away in the background, it’ll be using up your bandwidth.

Check your data usage regularly and you’ll notice if there are any unwarranted spikes in use.

3)    Things won’t load

If videos won’t play and trying to load a website is incredibly slow or just doesn’t load up, then you may have malware.

4)    Weird emails

Receiving strange email responses may mean your email account has been breached. Keep an eye on your sent folder. But unusual emails may also be a sign that other accounts, such as social media, or even bank accounts have been breached. Make sure you notify your IT as soon as you have suspicions.

5)    Apps keep crashing

This can be a sign that you have a problem – especially if your task manager or antivirus software crash or are disabled. If this happens, try restarting in safe mode to deal with any unfamiliar software. Better still, contact your IT support provider to do the hard work for you.

If you’d like more information on what to look out for, or if you think you may be under attack, get in touch on 0114 223 8000