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In the past few weeks our internet lawyers have seen an exponential increase in the number of client inquiries related to instant messenger hacks. Whether you are using Skype, WhatsApp, FaceBook Messenger, ICQ or any other instant messaging tool, it is essential that you know what to do if you suspect that your account has been hacked or if you see that someone else’s account has been compromised.

First things first, if you aren’t using anti-virus and anti-malware software, stop reading this post and go get both. There are plenty of excellent free options available online. (Yes, this applies to you Apple users).

Secondly, do not share your passwords with anyone. Not your wife, neighbor, child, or invisible friend. Nobody.

Third, make sure that your password contains a combination of upper case letters, lower cases letter, numbers and symbols. You should be avoiding passwords that include personal information such as your address, date of birth, social security number or middle name etc.

Fourth, change your passwords often.

Fifth, do not click on strange links that you do not recognize regardless of who the link is from. If a link looks suspicious then 99.9% of the time it is malicious in nature.

Sixth, if you believe that someone you know has had their account hacked or compromised, pick up the phone and call them. Don’t message the person to their hacked account because chances are they will never see it or you will end up infecting your own electronic device.

Seventh, use common-sense.

Eighth, report and block all suspected malicious messages and compromised contacts.

A compromised instant messaging account can have devastating consequences to yourself and to anyone that you have contacted in the past.

After you have gotten the situation quarantined then call one of our website lawyers today so that we can help you start mitigating your damages. Our internet lawyers have experience dealing with some of the largest instant messaging platforms in the world and can help you get past the red-tape in the event that your account has been compromised and you are in need of urgent assistance. Data travels across the world at the speed of lightning on the internet and it is essential that you have the legal help necessary to help you through the process of having your account compromised and personal information stolen.

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