We live in a digital world where everything can be found online, even your personal data. This week in our Online Data Protection series, we give you some useful information on how you can tell if your data has been compromised.

In our previous article, “What Does Data Mean to You and How to Protect It”, we covered the importance of data security in the digital age, while providing quick and helpful tips to better safeguard your personal information while online. But what happens if your computer is already compromised? How would you even know?

Malicious programmes that are used to steal your private data would not actively alert you to the fact that they are installed on your computer. In many cases, the people who write these spyware/malware programmes devise very creative methods to circumvent easy detection, giving the end-user a false sense of security while these programmes operate in the background, sending your information straight into the wrong hands.

One of the most effective ways you can detect whether malicious programmes are actively running, as well as prevent malware on your computer, is to install a free programme called AdAware (www.adaware.com). This programme will scan your system for malicious software while also providing real-time protection of against spyware, trojans, rootkits, hijackers, keyloggers and various other forms of malware.

When it comes to protecting yourself online, knowing what to watch out for is half the battle. So stay tuned here in QNet Blog as QNet continues to bring you tips and advice about your online security.