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Posted by Transylvania County on August 23, 2021

There are many ways to prevent getting hacked, from stronger passwords to using the right VPNs to protect your devices.  However, just because you protect yourself doesn’t mean you are “unhackable”.  Sure it’s a great idea to make it harder for people to hack you, but there’s almost always a loophole.  The good news is that, unless you’re pretty popular, you’re not necessarily a big target for cyber-attacks.  The bad news is that it still may happen.  So you just got hacked, now what?  There are many things you need to do.  Here is part 2 of a few steps you should take right now.

  1. Scan Your Computer

There’s a reason why you got hacked and it might be right on your computer. Malware opens a back door for cybercriminals to enter your computer without you even knowing about it. And that includes your Mac.

There are many different ways to keep your Mac safe from viruses and hackers, but after the fact, you might want to run an antivirus to make sure there’s no malicious software on your computer.  If you want to take it one step further, you can even reset your computer to be 100% sure there’s no virus in it, but an antivirus should be more than enough. However, if you’re going to do this, make sure you back up all your important files first.

  1. Set Up Your Account the Right Way

After you’ve dealt with all the possible damage, it’s time to secure your accounts the right way. Create strong, long passwords and try to use different ones on each platform you use. At least use a different password for your most important accounts, like your online bank account.  Consider using two-step verification to make your accounts even more secure. That way, someone will need to enter a special code that only you’ll receive on your iPhone or email. Not only will your account be more secure, but you’ll also know right away if someone is trying to access your account.

  1. Protect Yourself, for Real This Time

Nothing is “unhackable” most of the time, but that doesn’t mean you need to make it easier for hackers to get into your Mac. Protect yourself and your information. Use a strong VPN service to make it harder to access your information.  Avoid scam calls, links, and websites that probably have a virus.  And getting an antivirus or setting up your Mac’s Firewall always helps too.  There are many ways to keep your computers and accounts safe to make sure this incident doesn’t happen again.