Unfortunately, many are unaware of the dangers associated with malware, leading them to click download links that may be unsafe. If you notice that your computer or phone has been acting strange, it’s necessary to take the steps to fix the issue. However, you may also find that this software doesn’t just make your computer slow, it can also steal your information. As such, you may be the victim of identity theft. If this reflects your circumstances, connecting with an experienced California identity theft victim lawyer is critical to ensuring you can fight to recover your information.
What Is Malware?
Malware is a phrase used to describe malicious software but is also referred to as a computer virus. Essentially, this software is downloaded onto the computer of victims to hack their systems and steal information.
Hackers use this software to mirror computers, which essentially projects the screen of the victim’s computer onto theirs to steal information. Additionally, they can also employ something known as “keylogging,” which registers the keystrokes the victim makes. This allows the hacker to obtain information like usernames, passwords, PINs, and the answers to security questions.
How Can I Prevent It?
Generally, there are two things you can do to prevent your system from being the target of a malware attack. The first thing you must do is invest in security software that can run scans of your computer, fight viruses, and prevent you from accessing unsafe websites or files.
However, it’s incredibly crucial to do what you can to avoid visiting suspicious websites or downloading links from strange websites or senders. For example, if you get an email from a friend’s address with a download link you don’t recognize, check with them to verify the download before clicking on it. Additionally, if you have any doubts about the safety and security of a website you should exit immediately.
What Should I Do if I Believe My Identity Was Compromised?
If you believe your identity was compromised after a malware attack, it’s necessary to do what you can to protect your identity. The first thing you should do is change all the passwords to the accounts you accessed. However, you’ll want to use a different device, like a family member’s computer, to do so. Next, you’ll want to purchase software to help clean your computer of viruses. If you need further assistance, a technology specialist can assist.
You’ll want to check your credit report, as this can show indications of identity theft. If you see any accounts opened in your name that you did not authorize, this is a sign of identity theft, and you’ll need to contact the credit reporting agencies to place a freeze on your account and file a fraud dispute.
Finally, you’ll want to connect with an experienced attorney. At Loker Law, APC, we understand how complex these matters can be. That’s why our firm will do everything possible to help you through these complex times. Contact us today to discuss your circumstances.