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What Should I do If I think I have been Hacked?

Dear Robin,

By mistake I clicked on a link on my computer that said that my "virus protection needed to be updated". It looked authentic. When I clicked the link it asked me to enter my name and a my credit card information to update the protection. I did..and I quickly realized that I might have done something wrong. I'm afraid to tell my son because he might think that I'm losing my mind. The link looked real and I wanted to make sure that my information on the computer was safe. I think that I might have made a mistake. What should I do now?

Mike P.-TX

Dear Mike-

The bad guys are very tricky. Everyone gets tricked. Young and Old.... You have just experiences a Phishing attack. The first thing that you should do is to tell someone you trust that you might have been hacked. It is important to let them help you. Call your credit card company and tell them what happened, they will help you protect your account. The credit card companies are used to phone calls about potential hacking. Next...relax..the more we learn about cybersecurity the better we can be about protecting ourselves in a world where the Internet of things is getting bigger every day and the hackers are getting tricker. You have come to the right place. is full of cybersecurity information that will help you.

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