Five ‘red flags’ that millions of iPhone and Android users must always look out for
GADGET fans need to watch for the warning signs of a hacked account.
Cyber experts have revealed the “red flags” that can reveal whether your iPhone or Android has been compromised.
It is more important than ever to be able to detect a hack attack.
“Whether it’s your email, a social media account or your online banking, losing access to a digital account can be stressful,” the UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) warned.
There are five important “red flags” to look for, according to the NCSC.
And they all involve checking whether there has been any unauthorized activity on your account.
The first Unable to sign in to your accounts.
This is often one of the first signs of a hack attack.
As soon as this happens, go to your emails and try to change your password.
Second detects changes to your security settings.
This may not be obvious, so be sure to check regularly so you are as familiar as possible with them.
Third notice messages or alerts sent from your account that you do not recognize.
Friends or family may be able to alert you if they spot suspicious text messages from your accounts.
Fourthlylook for logins (or login attempts) from strange places, or at unusual times.
Apps (including Facebook) often let you see this information in their settings
Fifth and finally, keep an eye out for unauthorized money transfers or purchases from your online accounts.
This could mean that hackers have hijacked your bank account or another shopping system, which is very serious. You should take action immediately.
If your account has been hacked, check your emails, change your passwords and log out everywhere.
Make sure you’ve set up two-step authentication, so a text message or code is required to sign in.
And make sure all your devices are up to date.
“In some cases, it may not be possible to recover your account using the online service,” the NCSC explained.
“In such cases, you must create a new account if you wish to continue using the service.
“Once you’ve done this, it’s important to give your contacts new details and let them know you’ve left the old account.
“Be sure to update any banking, utility or shopping websites with your new details.”
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