How easy is it to hack into someone’s computer


In the modern days, technology has advanced to a degree that you can do basically anything you want from your home, without ever having to leave it. In fact, as long as you have an internet connection and some computing power, there isn’t much you can’t do.

While many people don’t think twice before storing their private photos on a computer or mobile device, they might not realize how easy is for someone else to access it. They might be surprised by how simple is for a hacker to infiltrate their system and take control of the webcam or microphone in order to see what’s going on around them, either while they’re sleeping or just doing their daily business. This is just one example of how easy is nowadays to hack into someone’s computer.

In order to make it easier for you to understand how easy is to hack into someone’s computer, we will look at some of the most popular ways in which such a thing can happen.

Through Internet

The first example is very similar on all computers; while people typically use Wi-Fi not only at home but also when they’re out and about these days, they might not realize that leaving their Wi-Fi on and the password visible (for instance on a sticky note next to the router) makes it very easy for anyone with certain hacking skills to find out their password and wireless network name. Once someone hacks into your system this way, they’ll easily be able to access any part of your system using your internet connection.

USB Device

A second example of how easily a computer can be hacked is through USB sticks. It’s very easy for a hacker to create a USB stick that contains a virus, and just by inserting it into your system, you’re basically allowing the virus on your computer.

Social Media

The final example will look at hacking through social media sites. While this typically requires an account on Facebook or Twitter in order to get started, one of the most common cases is when people get ‘phished’ on such sites; they get tricked into giving their password away so someone else can use it later to access parts of their system. If someone hacks another person’s system using his password, he’ll also be able to read all of his private messages and see who they’re from and who they’re going to.


How to Prevent Yourself From Being Hacked

It’s also important to note that many of these things can be prevented by using antivirus software, updating your system regularly and staying away from shady websites, because if you do go through with the actions above-mentioned and somehow get hacked anyway, it will be harder for someone to find what version of Windows, etc. you have installed on your computer. It’s much easier to hack a system than most people might think. There are several ways that someone can hack into your PC or smart phone so it is our responsibility to keep our devices updated.

Windows Users

If you use a Windows system, make sure your version is up-to-date and there are no suspicious files in the C drive – especially in the \Windows folder because if someone gains access to this folder, they could install a virus onto your PC easily by pretending to be from Microsoft. Also check for viruses on websites that may have been recently visited or maybe even an email. In addition, it’s always good to run a malware scan before doing anything important online, such as buying something online or checking emails.

Related: Can a computer be hacked in sleep mode?

Apple Users

Apple computers are generally safe, but they too can become the victim of a virus attack if it’s not updated regularly with the latest software security features. Just like what previously mentioned, make sure that you have an antivirus program installed in order to keep all harmful materials off your computer. Also, avoid downloading suspicious-looking files – this is where hackers will trick you into giving them access to your computer. The last thing you want is for someone else taking control over your personal information so be very careful next time you visit random websites online.

If you’re running an earlier version of macOS (i.e. El Capitan), you will need to update it as soon as possible because the older versions aren’t as secure as more recent ones such as BigSur or Catalina, both of which come with strong security systems that can protect your Mac from viruses and malware. Also, make sure you have a good antivirus program installed onto your Mac so you don’t wind up being a victim of a virus attack by downloading a file from somewhere unknown.

Linux Users

For Linux users, updates are recommended every now and then so check for them regularly and install them right away – this is essential in order to keep malicious files from entering into your computer.

Apple iPhone & Android Users

For iPhone and Android uses, make sure to download any apps or files from trusted sources only because downloading stuff from unknown websites would only make your device vulnerable to viruses and risk getting hacked.

If you’re using an Android smartphone or tablet, it is vital to download a reliable antivirus app since these devices are more exposed to viruses and other harmful apps. Hackers will make use of this by infecting your device with a virus which can consequently give them remote access to all the data on your smartphone or tablet. To avoid this from happening, you should always download Android antivirus apps from authorized developers – this is where anti-virus programs such as Avast Antivirus come in handy.

Backup, Backup & Backup

In addition to that, don’t also forget to regularly backup all files in your system so if anything goes wrong, you’ll still have copies of your important documents. This may involve copying files into an external storage device or uploading them online via cloud services like Dropbox or OneDrive. We’ve highlighted many advantages of online backups over local ones.

Most importantly it would hurt getting one of our experts to analyse your devices and network. We all know…how much prevention is better than cure (fix is our context)!

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...