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How to keep hackers out of your computer

Updated on May 28, 2012

Keeping your computer hacker free

One day while looking at my privacy settings on facebook, I noticed it said I had logged on from another town in my area. I closed them out but I knew I had a hacker because I have never been to that part of town in my life.

First and foremost in order to find out if your computer has been hacked it really is a simple task. Click on the start menu and type in cmd. A black screen will appear. At the blinking spacer type in Netstat (space) -ano and then hit enter. You will see the following: Listening, waiting, and if you see established you have been hacked.

The best way to keep hackers out of your computer is 1) always log off from any sites you are on especially facebook. I know it's a pain logging in every single time but it's more of a pain paying money to get a virus removed. 2) log out of any email accounts every single time and #) shut your computer completely down when you are finished with it. If it is not on they cannot get in to it.

Change your passwords frequently. I know it is a pain but it will be more of a pain if your identity is stolen.

If you have been hacked immediately change all your passwords. You can tell if your friends on facebook have been hacked because you will see post like do you want to see how many people have looked at your profile. That is a hacker waiting for you to click on it so that they can now hack your computer.

These few tips will help you keep hackers out of your computer. When buying a new computer the best choices are Mac or Apple for some apparent reason hackers can not get into these computers for the moment anyway.

Keep your computer safe. Shut down from the start menu, don't just shut it off from the modem. You will be happy that you followed these few tips just to keep your information safe.

Happy surfing.


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    • Author Cheryl profile image

      Cheryl A Whitsett 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Your welcome and thanks for stopping by to read my hubs.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Very useful and interesting information, I'll be saving this to read again later. Thank you for sharing, much appreciated. Voting up sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      I had to come back and re-read this, this is very good advice for anyone.

      It is very hard to keep track of all those passwords but I have a book of them and when, I chang them, I can't remember so many. But it is better than getting hacked.

      Voted up, UAI, Like of fb and pinned. Thanks for advice.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      That is why you should always log out of any websites you need a password to get in to. If you are not logged in they can't get in.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Some interesting points, but just because your computer is off, it doesn't stop someone hacking your websites, emails and Facebook. They can still crack passwords on these sites when your computer is off, especially if you don't use strong ones. The best defense is a strong internet security and complex non-personal passwords. Logging out of your accounts can help if they hack you to some degree, but if you then sign in and they are tracking your with keyword logging software or are accessing your computer, they will get all of your passwords anyway.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Well the simple solution is to shut down your computer when you're not using it. They can not get in if its not on and I said they were not being hacked at the moment I never said it wouldnt happen.

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      movingfinger 5 years ago

      You have recommended to buy/use Apple computers. The problem is that

      Apple products are the easiet to hack into (yeah... Safari is the least safe browser). The reason is that since Apple's Mac Os was not very popular a few years back, Hackers didnt waste time making exploits for the same. But now that Apple has achieved Critical Mass, Apple Products are being hacked day in and out.. Check out my article on the same at a well known journalist not only got hacked, but the hackers deleted all of his personal information on all his Apple Products. Now Thats scary.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Cheryl, I hope I never get hacked. Thank you for the instructions to find out.

      voting you up and useful.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Your welcome. I was really appalled that someone hacked my computer it kind of makes you feel violated in some sadistic way.

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      DearBandit 5 years ago

      Wow thank you for sharing! That is really scary!