What to Do When Someone Hacks Your Email

What to Do When Someone Hacks Your Email

Email and account hacking happens everywhere. Whether it is through a phishing scam or someone uses software to guess your password, you could find yourself at a lot of risk. There is often a lot of information stored in emails, especially those that are connected to other accounts. Many a time, these hackers will then send emails to your whole contact list asking for money with a story that you’re suffering from a terminal disease or you’re stranded without money. Don’t panic! There are things you can do.

login-passwordChange Your Password Now

The first thing you need to do is change your password. This will lock out the person who has hacked your account.

Make your password hard to guess, with a series of numbers, letters and special characters. Avoid anything that is in the dictionary as the software programs will easily break those passwords.

computer-hackerCheck for Viruses

There are times that these hackers can put virus programs on your computer. This is how some get hold of your details—keylogging software is the worst.

Run an antivirus program and invest in a high quality one to make sure there is nothing still on your software.

writing-emailWhat for Your Email Settings

Now go into the email settings and check for them. Some hackers will change the forwarding options to make sure they get everything sent through to their phones or different accounts.

You also want to make sure there are no extra email addresses connected to your accounts, as these can alert the hacker of the password change.

couple-home-talking-computerTalk to Your Friends

It’s time to now send a damage control email out to your contacts and friends. Let them know that everything is fine and that you don’t need money. You want to stop them from sending anything to this hacker and apologise for your account being compromised.

It’s also worth checking if any emails have been sent to people you don’t know. The last thing you want is to come across as a scammer and have your accounts closed down.

woman-work-computer5Check Other Accounts

When you have an email address connected to your other accounts, they can be at risk. You should go into your different accounts and change your passwords.

Never have the same passwords for your different accounts. It makes them too easy to guess.

working-home-woman-computerKeep Your Software Updated

Now it’s time to focus on protecting yourself from hackers again. The best thing you can do is keep all software updated. When software doesn’t have the recent updates, there are holes that hackers can get through.

Most updates are to close loops and holes. Don’t keep clicking the remind me later. Allow your computer to update as soon as possible.

hacker-computerImprove Your Email Security

Many email providers now offer a two-step verification process. This may be annoying for you at first but it will improve the security on your system.

It will take a lot of hard work for the hacker and he will move on.

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