Email hacking is the gold standard for a hacker to gain access to your personal information and all of your accounts. Because we integrate everything from online banking to other internet portals with our emails, recovery after a compromise is extremely time-sensitive. If you want to safeguard your identity and wealth, as well as those around you, you must act promptly and cautiously.
You’re most likely asking, “My account has been compromised. How do I fix it?” If you’re lucky, you might not even realize you’ve been hacked. But, before (or after) you panic, take a deep breath and read the article to avoid more harm.
Why did your email get hacked?
One of the following five scenarios is likely to be the cause of your inbox’s compromise:
- You do not have up-to-date security software installed.
- Your passwords are insecure.
- You clicked on a malicious link in an email, social networking site, or website.
- You unintentionally downloaded a dangerous script or file that was connected to a game, video, music, or attachment.
- While surfing, you clicked on a questionable advertisement link.
How to tell if you’re hacked?
- Messages that you did not send are received by your contacts.
- Computer performance is slow and erratic.
- When your internet password no longer works.
- Your online account is the source of the lost funds.
- You got a ransomware message.
- You were notified of a false antivirus alert.
- In your browser, you have unwelcome toolbars.
- You notice odd network traffic patterns.
Steps You Need to Take After the Hack
What should you do if your email address has been compromised? It is not sufficient to get your password changed. You’ll also want to make sure the hackers haven’t set up your account to allow them to re-enter or continue spamming after they’ve been locked out.
Follow these actions to repair and recover your email account and keep hackers out of your account for good.
Run a malware scan on a daily basis. If your account has been compromised, immediately search for malware or traces of malware that may be running on your device. Most hackers get credentials by installing malware on your device (or mobile phone if you have a smartphone). Regardless of the operating system you use, make sure your antivirus and anti-malware tools are up to date.
Select an option that will automatically update your device when new security patches become available. If you don’t have an antivirus application, do an end-to-end scan on your machine.
It’s time to change your password until your device is malware-free. If you have lost access to your account, you must contact the email provider directly, verify your identity, and request a password reset.
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