Every week there is a new headline about a high-profile hacking incident. The targets are often people who think they know how to stay safe online as well as sophisticated companies and government organizations. However, hackers are coming up with increasingly clever and underhanded ways of accessing devices and stealing private information. 

To combat this threat, consumers need to install software that will protect against viruses and malware, adopt practices to guard their information and activity and be aware of common types of hacking and how hackers operate. Those who fall victim to hacking should report this crime immediately and seek the aid of a service that can help them track down the hackers and work at retrieving lost funds.

In this risky environment, you need to know you have advocates if you fall victim to hacking. Trader Defense Advisory experts will help you take action against hackers. If you have lost money, data, or access to your account due to hacking, consult with TDA experts who are experienced in dealing with all types of scams and can help you seek redress for your claims.

Methods of Hacking

Hacking can affect anyone, from everyday consumers to major corporations and government agencies. Unfortunately, hackers can stand to gain a great deal from their illegal activities and continue to devise ways to gain access to devices.

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Spyware or Malware

Spyware or malware can be installed onto a device in a matter of seconds. The victim can let the hacker gain access by clicking a link that will activate the installation of malware or spyware. Malware is often used in acts of sabotage and can keep the device or the computer from functioning. It can also collect information, such as passwords, that will allow hackers entry to accounts. 

Spyware, as the name implies, spies on the activities done on the computer or device. It can take screenshots of account information when the unsuspecting person logs into a bank website. It can also record all activity and can be used for extortion as well as access to accounts. 

What is most disturbing is that spyware and malware can be on a computer for a long time before the victim realizes it. Many hours of online activity can be recorded before the hack is discovered.


Sometimes hackers don’t need to install malware or spyware to get personal information from a target. People may give the information of their own free will over the phone or by clicking on an email or text link. The phisher will disguise itself as a company in many cases. They will send communication that will appear to be from an eCommerce retailer, payment platform, bank, or even a government office. 

The fake email will say that the consumer needs to verify their information by clicking on a link. Ironically, the scammer could say in the false email or text message that they need to confirm their data because of a hack when actually the service message itself is a fraud. As soon as the consumer gives the information, the hacker has the data they need to take over control of the account and lock the actual user out by changing passwords.


Clickjacking can happen so fast, the victim won’t realize it until it is too late. The hacker will use an automated tool that will cause a bad link to pop up at the moment the person is trying to click on a legitimate link. In a split second, the bad link will pop up while the user is in mid-click. The user may realize what has happened, but it is too late to reverse it. In this case, the user should take a screenshot to help authorities track down the hacker.


Keylogging, like malware or spyware, is installed on your computer by clicking on a bad link or another method. The hacker uses keylogging to track keystrokes and can actually intercept passwords you type in. The user may have no idea this bad software is installed on their computer, and the hacker can track what they type for a long time. This gives hackers enough information to break into accounts and commit identity theft.

How to Know You Are a Victim of Hacking

Many signs indicate you have been hacked. Sometimes you will know right away, as with clickjacking, when you are forced to click a bad link and realize it but can’t do anything about it. In other cases, you may be spied on for weeks and have no idea. The following are some common signs that hacking has occurred: 

  • Unauthorized charges or log-ins
  • You are locked out of your account suddenly
  • Notification that you owe money on a loan or service you didn’t authorize
  • You discover benefits or tax returns have been claimed already
  • You are directed to websites ou have never visited

How to Avoid Being Hacked

Hacking can happen to almost anyone, but it is much less likely if you take the following precautions: 

  • Use anti-virus software and ensure it is updated
  • Do not buy anything from an unsecured website
  • Be careful about automatic log-ins of sensitive information, such as credit card information on an eCommerce site
  • Change passwords frequently
  • Do not use the same passwords on different devices
  • Do not click on any links sent by message or email
  • Avoid giving personal data over the phone

What to Do If You Have Been Hacked

Hacking is a crime that is taken seriously by law enforcement. The problem is that it is so widespread that the authorities are inundated with cases. This is why, in addition to reporting the incident, it is important to seek advocacy and a service like Trader Defense Advisory that can guide you. If you have been hacked, TDA can give you guidance on what steps to take, provide authorities with the information they need and improve your chances of success in your claim.

Have You Been Hacked? Talk to TDA Experts Today

If you are the target of hacking, contact Trader Defense Advisory. Our team of experts has vast combined experience dealing with hacking and scams and advocate for our clients. Consult with us and we will create a claim and help you get started on the path to retrieving access to your account your funds.