Did you know January 28th is Data Privacy Day? This new year is a great opportunity to become more vigilant. Your small business cannot afford to overlook the dangers posed by hackers who are getting more sophisticated every year. But how do you know if you’ve been hacked?

Here are 5 signs that your network may have been compromised:

  1. Spam emails are being sent from your company’s computers and email accounts.

Spam emails look legitimate because they are coming from your trusted email address.  Many of your customers may open those emails, causing frustration and leaving their own companies vulnerable to security threats. Parachute recommends monitoring your sent folder once per day.

  1. Unauthorized programs have been installed on your network.

If you notice an unfamiliar program that was not authorized, documented, or installed by anyone within your organization, don’t brush this off as something an employee must have done. While there may be an innocent explanation, this can also be a sign that a hacker has invaded your network. If you don’t recognize a program, you should not click on it without checking with Parachute first.

  1. Unfamiliar programs are requesting access to your network or other security programs have been uninstalled.

If your security systems are dismantled or missing, unfettered access to your systems may be allowed to wreak havoc in your network.

  1. Visitors to your home page are redirected to another site or antivirus solutions are flagging your site.

An Internet search for your site results in error messages that warn the searcher that malware has been detected on your site.  This warning means that hackers have certainly uploaded some sort of malicious software.

  1. Slow internet connection.

When hackers gain access to your network they begin using your bandwidth for themselves.

What should you do if you have noticed these any of these signs? Contact Parachute. We are your cybersecurity experts and we will perform a full security audit on your entire system. We keep up with the latest strategies used by hackers so you don’t have to. Don’t risk downtime, loss of data, or taking a financial hit. Contact Parachute today and always speak with a friendly human!