What to Do if Your Email Account is Compromised
The actions you can take if your account has been compromised are listed below. If you are unsure but suspect that your account has been compromised, it is best to err on the side of caution and take the following actions:
- Use a strong password to reset your email account’s password after logging in.
- To make passwords more secure and easier to remember, use lengthy passphrases.
- Avoid mentioning yourself, your hometown, your age, or the names of your family, friends, or pets.
- Avoid using everyday words like the name of your favorite sports team.
- If you are unable to log in, get in touch with your email provider to learn how to do so.
- Finish all sessions and sign out on all devices. If the attacker has an active session, they can still be able to send emails from your account even after you reset your password.
- Reset every other account that the attacker might have accessed. These might include online stores, social media platforms, and financial institutions. Your email might make mention of these accounts. Always use different passwords for every account. Otherwise, if one account is compromised, all of them are affected.
- Make sure your email account has Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) enabled. This adds an extra degree of security when logging into your email account. It needs a code from an authenticator app, text message, or phone call.
- Reevaluate and modify your security questions. It’s possible that a malevolent person was able to figure out your security questions if your email account was compromised from a device or location that did not match your typical usage.
- Check your email for any rules you may have forgotten to create. These guidelines may direct the deletion of messages or the execution of undesired programs.
- Examine sent communications, and delete any that were harmful. Although the attacker won’t typically leave any evidence of sent messages, this should nevertheless be verified.
- Inform the folks in your email address book that your email was compromised by contacting them. To stop them from doing so, remind them to delete any emails you sent or received while your account was compromised.
- Check your email to see whether it contains any private or personally identifiable information that could be abused.
- Create a schedule for changing your password on a regular basis. Think about changing your password at least once a year (unless a breach requires it sooner).
- Check your PC for malware and viruses. This is crucial if you notice any troubling symptoms, such as strange applications loading on your device, sluggish computer operation, or issues with computer shut-down.
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