Knowing that a website that you use has been hacked can be a terrifying experience. The fallout is particularly serious, considering the amount of personal information that most people, consciously or unconsciously, leave floating around the internet daily.
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Who Hacks Websites?
The internet is overflowing with individuals who are on the hunt for ways through which they can steal various pieces of information. The reasons why people do this are many. Websites sometimes get hacked because the hackers wish to gain access to people’s personal financial information. They also get hacked because the attackers want to use them as repositories for malicious software. Unwary visitors to the sites are subsequently infected.
When a Site That You Use Gets Hacked
If you notice that a website that you use has been hacked, the first thing that you should do is minimize your exposure to potential viruses by stopping your visits to the site. If, as you should, you are using a strong anti-virus program, such as SafeBytes Antivirus, you can rest assured that your PC will be protected against the various threats that are lurking over the internet.
Find Out Your Level of Exposure
The amount of damage that occurs largely depends on the type of website that has been hacked. You need to ask yourself about the amount and nature of personal information that you have previously left on the affected site. If the hacked website is, as an example, a simple news aggregator, then your exposure is probably limited to your email address and password. However, if it’s a financial services company, there is a big chance that your personal banking information may have been compromised.
Change Your Passwords
Immediately after noticing that a site on which you have previously left personal details has been hacked, you should take steps to protect yourself by changing your banking and email passwords. This will give you some protection against the possibility that the hackers have accessed these details.
Contact Your Bank
It is important for you to subsequently get in touch with your bank or other financial institutions to tell them that your personal details may have been stolen. This will ensure that they can freeze your account while taking measures that will protect you from potential theft.
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