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What to do if you think your emails have been hacked

What to do if you think your emails have been hacked

TAKE THESE 4 STEPS IMMEDIATELY

“We believe you should be the one in control of your email and other online information.”

Esteemed and valued friends and relatives in your contacts list: Watch out! Online scammers hack people’s email addresses in order to impersonate them and spoof accounts with legitimate or familiar-sounding names, then send emails that ask for personal information, money transfers, or downloads.

They don’t hesitate to use threats, warnings of emergencies or crises, promises of good fortune – or threats designed to get you to take immediate action. Don’t let this happen to you – and certainly not your circle of friends and relatives! If you are worried about what to do if you think your email address has been hacked, learn about the latest methods that are following. Make sure you are 100% protected by making this an early priority before it becomes too late.

THREE QUICK THINGS TO DO IF YOU THINK YOUR EMAILS HAVE BEEN HACKED

  1. CHANGE YOUR CREDENTIALS
    • If you have your account access, you should make these changes as soon as possible: Change your password and create a password that is very hard to crack. Use a different password for every account to make it harder for scammers/hackers to access other accounts. Change the security questions and answers and try not to choose easy ones or ones that anyone can find your answer to online. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) which will send you a code every time you, or someone tries to log into your account, thus helping to prevent unathorised access.
  2. WARN YOUR CONTACTS
    • If you have been hacked then tell the colleagues, friends, and family in your email contact list to inform them that they may get a phishing email from you about their credit cards or bank accounts. Tell them not to open any attachments or click on links. Share the sniff.link wiki to help your friends and colleagues learn how to protect their email against digital threats.
  3. LOOK FOR SIGNS OF TROUBLE
    • If your email account has been compromised by hackers, you have to be careful because they are still working within your channels to further their cause even if you have regained control over the account. To keep yourself safe from further harm, try implementing these tips to better protect yourself:
      • Update your operating system
      • Update your mail client software
      • Download a reputable anti-virus and perform a deep scan
      • Use an advanced SPAM Filtering program

Email addresses which are openly exposed online are at a far greeted risk of being hacked.  If you have ever submitted your email in a forum, on social media or used to register for online services your email address may be exposed online.  Use the sniff.email search platform to see if your email address is exposed.

 

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