Articles in Category: Hacks, Hacking and Hacked Accounts

How do avoid getting hacked and what to do if you are.

Secure Your Account -- Please

Why that “Unimportant” Account Matters

Regardless of your initial thoughts, every account is important, and you and I are all targets.

The hand of a hacker

How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Being Hacked?

It’s extremely difficult for an average user to tell if a hack is in progress. I’ll touch on a few approaches, and discuss why prevention is best.

Two factor authentication

Two-factor Might Be Hackable? USE IT ANYWAY!

Another scare about two-factor authentication perhaps being hackable? DO NOT let that stop you from using it.

leo@askleo.com has been Pwned!

What Should I Do About the Latest Breach?

Another week, another breach. What steps should you take in the wake of the latest large-scale data breach?

12 Steps To Keep from Getting Your Account Hacked

12 Steps to Keep from Getting Your Account Hacked

Here are the steps you need to take to prevent losing your account — forever — to a hacker.

A One Step Way to Lose Your Account ... Forever

A One-step Way to Lose Your Account … Forever

I see people lose access to their important accounts all the time. Most frustrating is that it’s often their own fault that they can’t regain access.

You've Been Hacked!

How to Tell if Your Email, Computer, or Facebook Has Been Hacked

Unless a password’s been changed, it’s difficult for a typical user to tell if their computer or account is being hacked.

Off

Can My Computer Be Hacked If It’s Turned Off?

Hacking a turned-off computer requires a few mistakes on your part. It’s unlikely, but possible.

Brute Force

How Can a Hacker Try All Possible Passwords If Systems Block the Login Attempts?

Some hackers just go for the low-hanging fruit and try the most common passwords, and there is one scenario where brute force works very well.

Using a Credit Card Online

Online Shopping – Just How Safe Is It?

Online shopping is ubiquitous, and yet some avoid it completely. Why are some people afraid to shop online when it’s arguably safer than offline?

Hacked!

How can big services still have security breaches?

When you think about the complexity of today’s systems it’s kind of amazing, really, that we don’t have more breaches!

I Spy

Is there software that allows someone to track my emails and texts?

The bad guys can do anything they want to your computer if they can gain access.

Credit Card Swipe

Should I take the security protection offered after the most recent security breach?

Hackers are very good at sending emails that look like they come from legitimate companies. So, how do you tell the truth from a lie?

Webcam in a gun barrel

Could a Hacked Computer Record My Skype Video Calls?

Are you curious what might happen if a hacker was in control of your computer? The question really is “What can’t they do?”

Salesman with an agenda

Why does this malware keep coming back?

There are tools out there that can remove malware completely so that it does not come back. But it’s worth taking a look at your own internet habits.

Giving a Thief Your Password?

How Do I Find Out Who’s Trying to Change My Password?

If your account has not actually been hacked, there’s little you can do to find out who’s trying to log in as you. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself from would-be hackers and phishing scams.

Hacked!

Do I Need to Worry About the Latest Security Breach?

That’s a composite of several questions that I’ve received relating to a recent theft of something like two million user accounts and passwords. I’ll address this specific incident, but I also want to discuss some things to consider with any large scale account theft.

Can My Computer Be Hacked if I’m Offline at an Internet Café?

Internet café hackers can get at you in a number of different ways, but how much do you really need to worry?

Hacker in the night

Will Someone Hacking My Router Show up on My Computer?

Router hacking is rare, but it can happen. I’ll discuss what it is.

Hacker's Hand

Can a hacker get away with only my address book?

If you’ve been hacked… you’ve been hacked. That means the hacker had access to everything on your computer or in (and linked to) your email account. In either case, you need to review your security.

Hacker in the night

How Do I Keep My Computer from Being Hacked at Night?

Hacking attempts happen all day long. You really need to protect yourself 24/7. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to stay safe.

Hacked!

How Do I Find Who Hacked My Email?

It’s natural to want to find who hacked your email and why. Begin by recovering and securing your account. But then, just let it go. There’s almost nothing you or I can do to find out who hacked you.

I Run No Anti-virus Software and Now Have Viruses. What Should I Do?

It’s very possible that your machine has become so infected that recovery really isn’t a possibility. If this is the case, the only practical solution is to wipe the slate clean and start over from scratch.

How do I get rid of this advertising popup that keeps coming back?

If your anti-malware tools removed the malware but this browser hijack keeps coming back, then you might be doing something to invite it back on to your system.