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There’s a new hack or scam around every corner. The sad thing is, you probably won’t notice someone sneaking into your digital life until it’s too late.
When a virus is to blame, there are red flags. Tap or click eight signs your computer has been hacked, starting with one big giveaway: It’s overheating.
Sometimes the abuser is closer to home. Worried someone has spied on your computer? Here are the clues.
Then there are your online accounts. I’ll show you how to look for devices and people using them that shouldn’t be there.
See what’s connected to your Google account
Think of everything your Google Account can open the door to: your email, your contacts, your location history, your searches, your photos… It’s just a scratch on the surface.
Be proactive and check Google’s device page before you see any warning signs.
- Go to google.com/devices. You must log in if you have not already done so.
- You’ll see a list of devices you’re currently signed in to or have used in the last 28 days.
You may see the same device multiple times, and this is normal. Don’t worry if you see multiple instances of an operating system or your iPhone listed repeatedly. You can click each to see which browser was used. That could be an indication that someone else has logged in – for example, you see Firefox, but you always use Safari.
If you see a device or location that sounds suspicious, click and select it “Don’t you recognize something?” Google remotely deregisters this device. After that, change your password just in case someone has it.
PRIVACY REMEDY: How to remove your address and phone number from Google search results
Check the devices signed in to Facebook
I get more emails than you think about people who have lost access to their Facebook accounts. Sometimes it’s a forgotten password, but I bet it’s a hacker’s fault.
Here’s how to see the devices logged into your Facebook account. The easiest way to do this is from a computer.
- Sign in and then click the down arrow in the upper right corner.
- Click on Settings & Privacy > settings.
- Finally click on Security and Registration.
- You will see a section called Where you are logged in. It shows the two most recent devices and their approximate login locations. press the See more Option for a wider view.
Review each entry carefully, looking for places you’ve never been or devices you don’t own. Pro Tip: Are you using a VPN? This can be reflected in your recent locations. Check which city your VPN connects through before you panic.
You can click on those three points next to a device on this page to select it “Not you?” or “Logout.” The first option gives you more details about the device and where it is located, along with steps to secure your account. The latter option deregisters this device.
If you see unknown devices and locations, follow the on-screen instructions to secure your Facebook account, log out those devices, and immediately change your password.
While you’re at it, give your account a privacy makeover. Tap or click here for 10 Facebook security settings to lock your account.
Who is signed into your Netflix?
Raise your hand if you’ve ever shared a streaming subscription password. Over time, you might realize, “Hey, I have no idea who’s watching.” This can get annoying when you try to stream a movie and get kicked out.
You can see any enrolled device and remotely unenroll it in a few taps. It is easiest to do this task from your computer.
- Sign in to your Netflix account. If you have set up multiple profiles, Choose your profile to go to the Netflix home page.
- Hover over yours profile icon in the upper right corner of your screen and select Account.
- In which settings section, select Recent device streaming activity.
- You will see a list of devices, locations and the connected IP addresses.
Seeing devices or locations that aren’t you? You should also verify that the IP address is one you know. The easiest way to find your IP address is available with a quick google search for these words: What is my IP address?
Let’s say you see a bunch of devices that aren’t you. You can unsubscribe them.
- Hover over yours profile icon and choose Account.
- In which settings section, choose Sign out of all devices.
- Confirm this and click log out
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