15 Suspicious Signs That Your Computer Is Being Spied On
Our laptops and desktops have become a very important part of our lives. Since they were introduced to the public they have slowly and gradually become an integral part of our daily lives. We do our work on them; use them for online purchases as well as entertainment.
They house our secrets but did you know they could be used to spy on us. Have you looked at the camera on your laptop and felt like some is watching you through it? Hackers and people with bad intentions do not stop finding new ways to infiltrate our lives.
1Check your browser history
This is something we never do but should start doing. Check your browser history from time to time to see what websites you have visited. You may be wondering why would checking your history be important as it would only show the sites you visited. But, sometimes people have said to have noticed website names that they do not recall visiting.
2Your homepage is not the same
Most people have Google as their homepage but when that suddenly changes, you may have been hacked. This is often a sign that your computer has been infected with something that has modified your web browser or attached something to it to monitor your web searches. You should run your anti-virus software and uninstall the web browser then reinstall it fresh from the website.
3Unusual blinking lights
Every laptop or desktop has lights that show the system is on and functioning. What many people have noticed is that those lights often blink even when the system is not active. They chalk it up to the system’s background apps but it could be the system sending and receiving data without the user knowing.
4Open task manager
There will come a time when you have to hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete to bring up the ‘Task Manager’. The very first tab you see is called ‘Processes’. This tab shows you what processes are currently active on your system. Go through them and see if you see anything irregular like an unnamed process working or something taking up more memory of your system.
5New programs installed
If you notice icons on your desktop for applications you do not know or did not install then there might be something fishy going on. The best thing to do is to open your settings and search for add/remove programs. Here you will see the list of every program or app installed on your system. If you see something you do not remember installing or have no idea what it is for, then uninstall it and run your anti-virus software.