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Don’t Fall Victim to a Cyberattack – Know the Signs

*WARNING: content might inflict a sudden urgency to assess your company’s cybersecurity*

You can never be too sure that your system is fully protected. Even with the latest technology, firewalls, software and security measures, you’re still a wading duck. Unfortunately, when it comes to cybercriminals, where there’s a will – there’s a way. However, this works both ways as many security technologies are advanced and hardened by learning from the successful hacker tricks. There are also companies like TechGuard Security who will help prepare you for any malicious activity that lands in your path.

Regardless, it’s always best to take as much precaution as possible to keep your system protected. But, how can you tell if your system is being compromised? There are several indicators that you can look for. If you do experience any of these warning signs, be sure to take note of each incident and report it immediately to help the experts better diagnose the problem and alleviate the situation as quickly as possible. Here are some red flags to be aware of:

  • Everything is in slow-mo. If your normally high-speed internet connection and/or operating system suddenly takes a drastic turn and seems like everything is moving at a snail’s pace, you might be the victim of a cyberattack
  • Wait – what’s my password again? Having problems logging into your system? But you know for sure you’re using the correct credentials; you might be the victim of a cyberattack.
  • Why am I getting all these emails? If you’re suddenly bombarded with random, unwanted spam emails that you didn’t originally subscribe for or an overabundance of suspicious, phishing emails – you might be the victim of a cyberattack.
  • Is my computer possessed? Does it seem like a ghost has taken over your system? If programs/applications on your system are suddenly opening and appearing on your screen without your command, you might be the victim of a cyberattack.
  • Pop-ups are not fun surprises. Frequent pop-ups (ads, banners, links, alerts) polluting your screen is a tell-tale sign of suspicious activity to your system. If you’re having consistent difficulty with this, you might be the victim of a cyberattack.
  • Wrong turn. Redirection of URLs or links is another major red flag. If you’re consistently redirected from a URL that you intentionally entered or a link that you clicked, you might be the victim of a cyberattack.
  • Hey, I didn’t download this! Seeing programs or software on your system that you didn’t administer or install yourself? Big uh-oh. You might be the victim of a cyberattack.

Don’t fall victim to a cyberattack – get protected – take the necessary measures to ensure your entire system is safeguarded. We would hate for your company to learn the hard way. For a more in-depth look at these issues and what you should do, read more at CyberTraining365.

No one can completely prevent a cyberattack from occurring, but thankfully TechGuard can enable you and your employees to mitigate the risks and be prepared when your company is under attack – there is ALWAYS room for improvement.

 

Written by Allie Prange

Allie stepped into her role as PR & Marketing Specialist at TechGuard Security in November 2019 to help oversee, develop and implement marketing initiatives while serving as the day-to-day contact managing timelines, strategy and overall client/partner direction. As a mass communications graduate from SIUE with over 10 years of marketing experience, Allie is conversant in marketing/campaign strategy, brand development, social media marketing, graphic design, cross-promotional tactics, copywriting, public relations, event coordination and more. She has the innate ability to creatively plan, communicate, strategize and execute any project that is handed to her. Allie is a team-player, goal-oriented and strives for success amongst her teammates and colleagues. In her free time, she enjoys managing her graphic design side business, AKP Designs, spending time with her family and traveling as much as she can.