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F03: Access computer without permission

QUESTION: How will I know if someone has accessed my computer without my permission?

ANSWER: Unfortunately, you won’t. It will only be after they have used that information (e.g., shopped with your credit card) that you will know. Unless they are stupid enough to change settings on your computer so it will appear different to you, but that would be like leaving their glove in your home after they’ve broken in. If you are suspicious that your computer has been hacked, call in a tech support person to check things out for you.