Here are some simple steps to defeat hacking software attacks:

1. Calm down. It happens. But it’s time to act.

If you’ve found that you are a victim of some data breach, most of the time it’s not even a threat. However, you need to ask yourself some questions. You need to introspect and revisit the security measures you are taking to secure your online life.

2. Now reset all your passwords and defeat hacking software attacks

The first and foremost step after you’ve been hacked it to reset all your passwords. Use new and strong passwords that are a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, digits, and symbols.

Also, avoid reusing a password as it’s something that we do unconsciously. Another thing that you must keep in mind while creating strong passwords, don’t ever create passwords that have your personal information.

3. Check your account statements and make changes

Thoroughly review financial account statements related to the affected accounts for some unusual activity. Look for new payment methods, new accounts linked, or new shipping addresses. Hackers targetting your online accounts with one obvious reason related to money.

You need to check your credit card reports for suspicious activities and if you find anything fishy, cancel that card and book a new one.

4. Connected accounts too can do the damage

Very often, one online account is linked to other accounts. The compromised email account could be the one you used to verify some other email account. 
Same applies to your online banking and e-commerce accounts. So, it’s a safe practice to perform a security checked for all accounts and update the passwords.

5. De-authorize all connected apps

All the apps you’re using on your phone are connected to some email account or your Facebook account. So, it would be an obvious decision to de-authorize all these apps. This could be a pain to re-authorize all the apps, but it’s the right to do.

6. Use two-factor authentication to defeat hacking software attacks

While setting up the new accounts, enable the option of two-factor authentication. This method adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. Don’t skip it, it makes your account 4-5 times more secure.

Here is how to enable 2-factor Authentication on Google and Facebook.

7. Recover your accounts

All the major services like Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and Apple provide a detailed guide to get back your account after you lose its control. Just search for account recovery for your service and follow the steps.

8. Update your PC and phone

A very high percentage of hackers target yo using the vulnerabilities on your PC and phone operating systems. If you are running older versions, there is a possibility that your device isn’t getting regular security updates.

Go to system settings and find the update system to perform the update. Make this a regular habit to protect yourself.

9. Scan your devices for malware

Using a worthy anti-malware tool is another important step. Download some good antivirus product and don’t hesitate to pay for it.

Don’t forget to update your product as no matter how solid your antivirus product is, it’s useless if its virus database definitions are outdated.

10. Tell your friends and family. Spread awareness to defeat hacking attacks

Well, after fixing all the loopholes, it’s time to go to your friends and family members. As for them about the basic steps, they are taking to keep themselves secure and tell them where they are lacking.



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