Thursday, September 11, 2008

Help I've been Hacked

What happens if your blog/computer gets hacked into? Well I asked David Drinnon and he listed out a few things to help out Dusty and Kenzie.

Thought some others might bennifit from this information. Here you go:

1. If using wireless, discontinue for the next 3 weeks and be hardwired.
2. Verify that anti-virus is up to date.
3. Verify that firewall is turned on. If you don’t have one, I recommend Norton, this include antivirus as well:
4. If they are using a wireless router at the house, be sure to lock it down by Mac address (not to be confused with Apple Mac; every computer has a Mac address).
5. Download and run the following software:
a. Ad-Aware:
b. SpyBot – Search and Destroy:
c. CCleaner:

6. Change all passwords twice a week for the next 3 weeks.

But like I mentioned to you, it sounds like someone has infiltrated their home computer. Not knowing what is on their machine monitoring their keystrokes…I would feel much better if I reformatted the hard drive, reinstall the OS, and all software. It is indeed a pain in the rear!

If they do any online banking, I recommend the following:

1. Read this:
2. Get a free copy of your credit reports to look for suspisicous activity:
3. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports (You only need to contact one of the three companies to place an alert.):
a. TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289;; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
b. Equifax: 1-800-525-6285;; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
c. Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742);; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013

If they need a place to track passwords, use this software:

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