11 things to do after a hack

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 27, 2006
Updated • May 1, 2013

Lets assume your system has been hacked. What steps would you undertake after the hacking attempt to recover your PC system? The article published on the Techtarget website tries to answer the question and presents a checklist of things to do after someone hacked into your system. Its more of a checklist for corporate networks than for individual computers but it would not hurt to take a look and probably get some new ideas that you did not think about in the first place.

Update: The article is no longer available freely on the Internet. We have therefore removed the link pointing to the article from this site, and have added alternatives that are still available instead to give you the information that you need.

  • 4 Things To Do Immediately When Your Facebook Account Is Hacked is an article posted on Make Use Of. It concentrates on a hacked Facebook account, and explains how you find out that an account has been hacked, and what you should do once you realize that it was hacked. The tips included in the guide include changing the password immediately, and if that is now possible reset the password instead. You also find information on how to do damage control, check up on suspicious applications, and how to report compromised accounts.
  • What to do if your email account gets compromised over at Switched offers a guideline on how to diagnose if an email account has been hacked, and how to resolve the situation as fast as possible. This includes a section looking at causes and the treatment. It is definitely a good starting point.
  • And finally a similar article also posted on Switched about what to do if a computer gets hacked. It uses the same layout as the other article, starting with the symptoms, then the diagnosis of the situation, and finally the causes.

We had to remove some of the links again since some of them have been removed from their sites in the meantime.


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