Email account theft is rampant. If it happens to you, there are several steps you need to take, not only to recover your account, but to prevent it from being easily hacked again.
I made a minor change to the newsletter and as a result was flooded with auto-responses when it sent. What I learned about auto-responses is important to know.
This is a system designed to help you recover your email account if something should go wrong… and things go wrong more often than you would like to think!
It’s unlikely that you’ve been hacked. It’s possible that your friends have both been hacked, but this kind of thing can happen without anyone being hacked at all!
A sudden change in location in accessing your account could mean that someone other than you has logged in. So Hotmail has added some extra security.
If you didn’t change the folder rules, then who did? I’ll show you how to fix this problem.
When a hacker has access to your email account, they can do anything… even change settings that you know nothing about. Let’s take a look at some of the possible dangers.
If you’ve been hacked… you’ve been hacked. That means the hacker had access to everything on your computer or in (and linked to) your email account. In either case, you need to review your security.
Not just email, but any information that is anywhere on “the cloud” is subject to backups. That means there is a copy somewhere. Is this a problem?
It’s frightening, on the server side, to watch the constant attempts being made to slowly brute force a way into email accounts. So it’s safe to assume that if Google notified you – someone got in!
It can be surprisingly hard to tell if an email account has been hacked, especially when the hackers are covering their tracks. I’ll show you a few possible signs.
It’s natural to want to find who hacked your email and why. Begin by recovering and securing your account. But then, just let it go. There’s almost nothing you or I can do to find out who hacked you.
It’s actually quite difficult for the typical user to tell if their computer is being hacked. Email and Facebook are another story.
If you try to login to your Hotmail account and the password won’t work and your secret questions are all different, it’s pretty clear what’s happened.
If your contacts are getting email from you that you didn’t send, then it’s very likely that your email account has been compromised.
I’m asked daily to reset lost passwords, recover hacked email accounts or retrieve lost information in them. Here’s my answer.
It’s tempting to blame the mail service for account hacks and vulnerabilities, but in fact that’s rarely the case. Much more likely is that hackers gained access to individual accounts through more traditional means.
The outlook is grim if your email account has been stolen, but there are a couple things that you can try to do to recover it.
Email spoofing is rampant. Spammers often send email that looks like it came from you, and there’s little that you can do about it.