Question of the Week
Question: "Are Russians hacking into my computer?"
Answer: Unless you have something to do with Hillary Clinton's election campaign, it's highly unlikely that Russian hackers (or hackers from any other country) are hacking your computer.
Unfortunately, the idea that outsiders are hacking your computer comes from unscrupulous people and companies on the Internet who, once they get you to call them, will try anything to get you to purchase their services.
We heard this from a new customer just this week. She was panic-stricken at an alert she received and she called the number listed. The person she called got onto her computer and showed her a screen similar to the one above. It shows all kinds of IP addresses listed under "Foreign Address." He then told her she was being hacked by Russians.
In this Command Window prompt, "Foreign Address" means ANY address outside your Local Area Network (LAN). In your home, the LAN is anyone on your modem/router. It does NOT mean "foreign" as in "foreign country."
Is it possible that a Russian could hack into your computer? Of course, given enough time, your computer can be hacked. However, it's highly unlikely and you should not accept a stranger's word for such an accusation. You can help keep your computer safe by installing the latest updates for your operating system and for programs on your computer; by keeping your anti-virus up-to-date; and, by not clicking on links in emails that are unknown or unexpected.