Mar 31 2021 03:35 PM
Mar 31 2021 03:35 PM
I am not a high profile person or anything like that. I just dislike the idea, that someone with bad intentions could access my personal files, documents, photos etc. (personal diary, baby pictures of my children etc.)
I am not worried about anyone getting a look at my internet traffic / man-in-the-middle attack etc. I am only concerned about, that someone with bad intentions being able to access my personal files.
I assume, that it is not impossible to “hack” my system and get access to my files, but “how hard” would it be for someone commited to the task?
Is the only way to access my files, if they planted malware on my system?
Or if they accessed screen share?
My questions concerns both:
If the person accessed / hacked my wi-fi / home network
Only through the internet
Microsoft Windows 10 Home
Windows login password protected
Windows Defender firewall
No file or folder sharing enabled
Network discovery is turned off
File and printer sharing is turned off
AVG registers threats in real-time
All software drivers etc. fully updated
Wi-fi is password protected
Network / Wi-fi profile: Private
Router security WPA2-Personal
I become uneasy, when I read posts like this, which makes it sound “easy”:
Please let me know, if I shall add more info concerning the above.
Thanks in advance for replying
Mar 31 2021 11:16 PM
Apr 01 2021 08:40 AM
Thank you for your question and this is a valid concern not only for you but with everyone who is using any device connected to the internet. We couldn't setup a system and make it impossible to hack but we could make it very hard and expensive to hack , so the hacker would look for other target and normally hackers would go for easier target unless you have some special or sensitive data which is not your case.
First you need to secure your Wi-Fi, you should setup strong Wi-Fi password which you did and also place Wi-Fi in a location which is accessible with your family members and devices and less access with outsiders and neighbors, somewhere in the middle of house would be nice. You may also use a feature called MAC filtering, every device would have a MAC Address and you could setup it to only permit your devices to access the Wi-Fi and block other devices which are not listed and you may regularly check list of connected devices and in case you see any unknown devices, then investigate and if you believe it is a hacker, then block it and change your Wi-Fi password. All these settings are in your Wi-Fi router and may refer to its manual for additional protections.
However, as for Windows , it is important to make sure update your Windows, Anti-Malware product and all of your applications regularly and NEVER download anything from untrusted sources and never open suspicious files and emails and NEVER click on untrusted links. Hackers might use several methods to get into your system and let say if your system is not update, they only scan and find a vulnerable system and try to hack into it. If it is NOT possible, they will try to send you a malicious link , file , application or they might share it somewhere and you download it. These are basic tips and easy to implement but they provide you with a great security advantage.
Apr 01 2021 04:36 PM
Apr 02 2021 07:28 AM - edited Apr 02 2021 07:30 AM
In case you are referring the Wi-Fi network or router, you need to refer to the manual for your Wi-Fi router because it depends on the manufacturer.
You may also check the Event Viewer in Windows and also try open Resource Monitor to observe logs and activities in your Windows. These would need some advance knowledge but in the Resource Monitor you may check the network tab and see if there is any suspicious application or connection.
Methods I shared are the most common ways but like I said, in case you won't update your Windows or turn off your Firewall, they will be able to gain access even if you are connected to the internet.
Apr 05 2021 03:37 AM
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Apr 06 2021 04:25 AM
Apr 06 2021 04:40 AM - edited Apr 06 2021 04:00 PM
Hi This is exactly how it does it! The scan will do nothing in this case, because he himself gave himself permission to allow the device! but you shouldn't be obsessed with it! For antivirus programs create such an atmosphere to prove that so much and well that it is up to their product you have chosen = marketing! normal use of the computer is really safe! Good luck!
Apr 06 2021 03:20 PM
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