Am I hacked or not?

10 signals to tell if your phone contains spyware

Am I hacked or not?

Being hacked simply means that someone has broken into digitally. There are of course many possibilities for this, namely on an internet router, computers, website, e-mail account, social media or actually any form of account that is personally yours.

A hacker who has done this must of course have a purpose for this and that could be stealing certain information, misusing data or identity or simply blackmailing.

But why would someone hack you? There can be several reasons why someone tries this. Maybe your devices contain important business data that a competitor wants to know about, your spouse wants to know if there's a potential affair, or someone wants to hack your checking account.

Maybe you have an important job or a job with a lot of responsibility. For example, scientists, journalists, judges, or other government officials can all be potential targets for bad guys.

What kinds of hacks do we hear all too often?

Now the latter is of course super difficult because possibilities change every day and vulnerabilities are discovered every hour.
Below are a number of examples that are particularly good to know or to think about.

1. Has my internet provider router been hacked?

This is always very difficult to say, you can assume that a router that is at your home or at work from an official provider is generally reasonably safe. A router is simply a conduit. The provider has often taken all kinds of measures at a higher level to ensure that you are safe and that no one can access your router from the internet just like that.

If it is the case that they can be connected to your router, then the chance is very high that they can only look in certain log files or see which devices are connected or what the setting of your WiFi, for example, is. Not very exciting in itself, but not if the router also stores which websites you visit and what the data are, and that is really disabled by default.

Your WiFi is the weakest point, especially because the passwords that come with a router are fairly standard or easy to calculate if you know the type of router. In addition, there are many people who simply use a password that is too simple for their WiFi and thus give access to the WiFi network, at which time it can of course be abused to access devices. The advantage is that the hacker must be near your WiFi.

So make sure there is always a good firewall present and regularly change the passwords of your router and your WiFi, it might be super annoying to give all devices access again, but so safe.

The chance that you will be hacked on this is of course present, but not very simple and great, always remember that a hacker must have a goal to do this to you and must invest a lot of time and effort in it.

2. Has my cell phone been hacked?

A phone that has been hacked always raises some standard questions for us. Why is that? Now very simple it is very difficult to break into a phone because it simply changes continuously when you move the IP address with which you get internet. This means that a phone hack actually only happens when you are at home and you are connected to your WiFi that has been hacked or someone has cloned your phone or had it in his / her hands to install something on it that makes everything transparent.

How someone can often see what everything has on your phone is because you use Google Playstore / Google cloud or iCloud and the hacker has the data of this and thus has access to your data.

It is always the case that an ANDRIOD or other type of phone is simply easy to hack and removing or detecting spyware on such a device is extremely difficult and often impossible to do yourself. If you have an IPHONE or an IOS / APPLE device, the chance that your phone contains spyware is considerably smaller. Make sure the device is always up-to-date and it is preferable not to use iCLOUD; then it is virtually impossible to use spyware undetected.

The chance that your phone has been hacked is present, but also fairly small here, but not if someone is really working with you and also has some money for it.
Feel free to read our article about this: 10 Signs To Determine If Your Phone Has Spyware.

3. Has my social media or other account been hacked?

A hack on a social media account or similar unfortunately happens a lot and the cause is almost the same every time, the password has been leaked. Sometimes it may even be that someone has access to your account without you knowing and just reads everything.

For each account, check whether there is a possibility to check whether there are devices unknown to you (and their IP address often too) to give an example. Facebook to “settings” and then to “security”. There you will find “Where you are logged in”.

There is a good chance that you will be hacked here if you do not take your online security into account. In this case, the hacker can be anyone and often difficult to trace.
Also check your own e-mail address regularly Have i been pawned to see if the password you are using has been leaked.

Most importantly, update your password regularly, make one long sentence instead of a short password, they are really more secure. Always use a two-step verification via your phone or an app on every account Google Authenticator

4. Can my TV be hacked?

We hear this quite a lot, a TV that suddenly switches off or switches from channel or suddenly shows texts. Have you been hacked? As a child it was already a sport to tease the neighbors a bit with your own remote control if they had the same TV at home, this can of course also be the case now. In addition, many TVs nowadays are 'smart' televisions that are often connected to the internet on the basis of Android and have various 'stream' options.

In general, you have to be connected to the local network to show things on the TV, this is also possible from the internet, but extremely difficult because of course the makers of all TVs ensure that it is as safe as possible.

If your TV does things that it should not do at that moment, chances are that someone in your immediate vicinity will do this who also has access to your local network.

5. Can my smart devices be hacked?

The simplest answer is Yes! This is perhaps the biggest problem at the moment, where phones, accounts and computers are reasonably secure and are protected with a good scanner. A smart device often does not have this and the current routers often do not screen it properly. This is always a risk, especially if it is a smart device that is connected to the internet. A device uses so-called firmware, which is hackable. It is totally dependent on the device what a hacker can do with it. The greatest risk lies in the fact that the WiFi password is often stored on such a device and then access to the local network can be obtained.

Certainly a risk in this zeitgeist, but also difficult to implement for an average hacker.

Could it be that you have been hacked?

It can always be the case, especially when it comes to point 3! For all other points, we often notice that this is thought and after an extensive (and often expensive) research, it unfortunately often turns out that this is not the case and that it is more a false feeling of insecurity.

Also do not forget that a hacker always has a specific goal, now it is often the case for an (ex) partner that it is about stalking or checking you and that he has asked someone to 'arrange' it. A real hacker will not just do anything to you without it generating money, because most have only 1 goal and that is to bring in as much money as possible. Also, a hacker will not do his job to 'destroy you', in this case it is also about the same thing, namely he or she gets money to do it to you from someone.

A fixed tip! Always use a VPN to connect to the internet. This ensures that you remain extra safe. We recommend CyberGhost for this.

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