5 Signs You’ve Been Hacked!

Posted December 13, 2016 by Ben Hicok

2016 has been filled with news of cyberattacks and hacking.  Clearly, at this point no one and no business is immune to the dangers of the hacker community.  Given the onslaught of cybercrimes, what is a SMB owner to do?  You have taken what you feel are the necessary steps to keep yourself safe.  You have installed the latest firewalls. You have communicated to employees the importance of strong passwords.  Sadly, even these steps cannot guarantee your systems’ safety. You could still be victim of a hackers!

The five clues that you and your network might have become victims:

Clue 1) Slow internet connection. When hackers gain access to your network they begin to use your bandwidth for their own purposes.

Clue 2) Unauthorized programs have been installed on your network.  If you notice an unfamiliar program that was not authorized, documented or installed by anyone within your organization, that’s a sure sign that a hacker has invaded your network.  

Clue 3) Spam emails are being sent from your company computers and email accounts.  Spam emails look legitimate because they are coming from your trusted email address.  Many of your customers may open them, annoying your subscribers and possibly leaving them open to security threats of their own.   

Clue 4) Unfamiliar programs are requesting access to your network; or your Firewalls or other security programs have been uninstalled.  If your security systems are dismantled, unfettered access to your systems may be allowed to wreak havoc in your network.

Clue 5) Visitors to your home page are redirected to another site or antivirus solutions are flagging your site.  An internet search for your site results in error messages that warn the searcher that malware has been detected on your site.  Security warnings mean that hackers have certainly uploaded some sort of malicious software to your system.  

Have you have noticed ANY of these signs? Do not wait any longer!  Contact Complete Network Support.  We are cybersecurity experts and will perform a full security audit on your entire system.  We live in a complex connected world; you cannot afford to face downtime or data loss due to hackers.  Threats are everywhere, don’t try to take on the hacker community on your own.  Contact Complete Network Support today!

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