How to recover after your email password is compromised

May 2021 Volume 16 Issue 5

From the desk of Michael Aliperti, MS-ISAC Chair

An email account can be compromised in a number of different ways. In some cases, your password may be weak and easily guessed or obtained through a public breach. In other cases, you may have clicked on a malicious link in an email, social networking site, or webpage. Or, you may have downloaded an app or file that contained malicious scripts.

In this edition of the security newsletter, we’ll look at potential warning signs that your email account may have been compromised, what you can do to recover, and steps you can take to help prevent it from happening again.

How to Tell if Your Email Account is Compromised

Here are some red flags that may indicate your account has been compromised:

  1. You are unable to access your e-mail account. If an attacker gained access to your email address and password, they may have logged in and changed the password to lock you out of the account.
  2. Your family, friends, and coworkers receive emails from you that you didn’t write. Once your email account is compromised, the attacker can use your email address to send spam or phishing emails to the contacts in your address book.
  3. You see activity on your social media accounts that you didn’t post. Some social media sites use single sign-on (SSO) with credentials from other accounts (e.g. Google, Yahoo) so you can login to social media without having to create a separate username and password. If your email account is linked to your social media accounts or if you use the same username and password for all your accounts, the attacker can gain access to everything with a single username and password.
  4. You notice your Sent messages folder is empty or includes messages that you did not send.

What to Do if Your Email Account is Compromised

Here are some steps you can take if your account has been compromised. If you think your account has been compromised but you are not sure, it is better to err on the side of caution and follow these steps:

  1. Login to your email account and reset your password using a strong password.
    a. Use long passphrases to make passwords easier to remember and more secure.
    b. Do not use information about yourself, the city where you were born, your age, or the names of relatives, friends, or pets.
    c. Do not use common words such as the name of favorite sports team.
    d. If you are unable to login, contact your email provider to find out how you can regain access.
  2. End / sign out of all sessions on all devices. Even after you change your password, if the attacker has an active session, they may be able to continue to send emails from your account.
  3. Reset any additional accounts that the attacker may have gained access to. These may include financial institutions, shopping sites, and social media sites. There may be references to these accounts in your email. Remember to use unique passwords for each and every account. If not, if one account gets compromised, they all become compromised.
  4. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on your e-mail account. This provides an additional layer of protection to login to your email account. It requires a code from a text message, phone call, or authenticator app to further verify access. Visit STOP.THINK.CONNECT to learn how to activate MFA.
  5. Review and change your security questions. If your email account was compromised from a device or location not matching your normal usage, it’s possible a malicious individual was able to answer your security questions.
  6. Review your mailbox for any rules that you have not previously created. These rules can include message forwarding, deletion, or running unwanted applications.
  7. Review outgoing messages and retract any malicious outgoing messages. In most cases, the attacker will not leave traces of any outgoing messages, but this should still be checked.
  8. Contact the people in your email address book and let them know that your email was compromised. Remind them to delete any emails from you during the time your account was compromised to prevent them from becoming the next victim.
  9. Verify if there is private or personally identifiable information in your e-mail that could be used maliciously.
  10. Establish a routine where you change your password periodically. Consider changing your password on at least an annual basis (unless a breach requires it sooner).
  11. Scan your computer for viruses and malware. This is especially important if you are experiencing problematic signs like unfamiliar applications loaded on your device, your computer operating slowly, or problems shutting down.

What Can I Do to Prevent an Email Account Compromise?

Good security best practices and safe browsing habits can help prevent your email account from being compromised in the future:

  1. Make sure your devices are patched with the latest updates, including antivirus.
  2. Set your security software, internet browser, and operating system to update automatically. Or, establish a routine to do this manually on a frequent basis.
  3. Use unique strong passwords for account access.
  4. Be wary of unexpected emails, especially when they contain links and/or attachments.
  5. Verify the sender’s address. If you don’t recognize the address, don’t reply.
  6. If an email request from a known contact seems out of place, verify the request by calling the sender on the phone.
  7. Think twice before clicking a link. Always hover before clicking to see the address of the web site you are attempting to visit.
  8. Never click text links like “Click Here” or “Unsubscribe,” or any other links in suspect emails.
  9. Never input a password or your email address on an unknown site, and never provide your passwords to anyone.
  10. Be vigilant when reviewing emails, as you may receive an email from a legitimate contact who has been compromised.
  11. Don’t access your email account on a public computer or from a device using public Wi-Fi.

Today, my email account was compromised and used to send out spam. Thankfully, I was able to login to my account which is hosted with Google Apps and change the password before most of the spam emails were able to be sent out, thus successfully minimizing the amount of potential damage. That being said, if you did receive an email from me containing a single link, please disregard and delete the email – I didn’t send it!

But what if you aren’t able to login to your account and change the password? Well, all web based email services such as Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail all have password recovery options which you should use as soon as you are aware that your account has been compromised. Most of the time by using the password recovery/reset feature you should be able to regain access to your account.

However, if for some reason you are still unable to access your account, I would recommend checking out the following links: for Gmail, for Hotmail/Live Mail, for Yahoo Mail. Once you have regained access to your account the first thing you should do is change your password. Choose a strong and unique password. We’ve written a few articles on password security and how to create good passwords in the past which I would recommend you read.

After you have changed your password, the next thing you should do is check your email signature to ensure it hasn’t been modified in any way to include spam links. Along with your signature you will want to double check your automated response setting to make sure it hasn’t been switched on. If it has been enabled, make sure you turn it off and remove any message that has been set.

You will also want to check that the Send Mail As feature (may not apply to all email services) is using the correct email address. In addition, check that your mail forwarding feature (if used) is using the correct email address.

After completing all of these steps, you should have complete control over your account once again. For some more tips on protecting your email account, check out this useful information from Google (it applies for all of your accounts on the web).

Have you ever had an email account hacked or compromised? Do you have any other advice on what to do to recover a hacked or compromised email address? Leave a comment!

Jeff Weisbein

Jeff is the founder & CEO of BestTechie. He’s a graduate of the Harvard Business Analytics Program and loves to travel and listen to music.


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If your account has been hacked it means that someone stole your password and might be using your account to access your personal information or send junk email.

How can I recover my accounts?

Follow the guidance in this section in sequential order to recover your account.

Note: You can reset your account using your phone or another PC, but many hackers get your password using malware that’s been installed on your PC without your knowledge. Make sure you remove viruses and malware from your PC before you change your password. To reset your account using your phone or another PC, go to

Step 1: Clear your PC of viruses or malware before you change your password

If you have a good antivirus program installed, make sure it’s up to date and then do a full scan of your system. If you don’t have an antivirus app installed on your PC, Microsoft offers some solutions if you’re running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

If you’re running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you already have Windows Defender. Do the following to turn on malware protection:

Select Start .

On the Start screen, type Windows Defender in the Search box, or select Windows Defender.

Follow the instructions on the screen.

Important: Regardless of which antivirus app you install, run a full scan on your PC before you change your password. You should also set up your antivirus app to automatically get updates and scan your PC on a regular basis.

Step 2: Change or reset your password

After you run the antivirus app, sign in to your account and change your password. Make sure you create a strong password.

Step 3: Check your account settings

Because someone else had access to your account, we’ve reset some of your account settings. To check and change your account settings, go to connected accounts, forwarding, and automatic replies.

Step 4: Restore deleted email and contacts

As soon as we detect that your account might have been hacked, we start saving your deleted messages in a safe place.

At the top of the page, select Recover deleted messages.

Outlook will recover as many messages as possible and put them in your Deleted Items folder. Any messages not recovered are permanently lost.

Note: Email deleted from children’s accounts can’t be restored. This way, parents can be confident that messages they delete from their children’s accounts stay deleted.

If contacts have been deleted, you might be able to restore them. See Delete contacts or restore contacts in

Step 5: Help prevent future hacks

To prevent your account from being hacked in the future, see Help protect your email account.

How did a hacker get my password?

Hackers use several techniques to get your account password.

Malware – If you install a program from the Internet that isn’t from a trusted publisher (for example, when you download a new screen saver, toolbar, or other software from an untrustworthy source), it might include malware that logs your keystrokes or searches your PC for saved passwords.

Attacking Internet sites – If hackers break into an Internet site and steal account information, they can check it against other sites to see if you’ve re-used your password.

Phishing – Hackers often send emails or text messages that appear to come from an official source to trick people into sending their account data.

You can check your sign-in location information by going to your your Microsoft account’s security options and selecting Review activity.

Can I close my account?

Tip: allows you to have multiple email addresses associated with a single account, and you can choose which email address you send mail from. Creating alternate addresses to use on websites or apps that force you to register can help keep your personal email address out of the hands of marketers and hackers. Read more about how to add or remove an email alias in

If your account has been hacked and you want to close it, you need to close your Microsoft account.

Important: When you close your Microsoft account, your email and contacts are deleted from our servers and can’t be recovered, and you won’t be able to access Microsoft services like Xbox, Skype, and OneDrive using that account.

If you’re sure you want to close your account, read how to close your email account.

Support resources

You can also get support from other users in our Community forum, or get help by selecting Contact Support below:

To get support in, click here or select on the menu bar and enter your query. If the self-help doesn’t solve your problem, scroll down to Still need help? and select Yes.

To contact us in, you’ll need to sign in. If you can’t sign in, click here.

For other help with your Microsoft account and subscriptions, visit Account & Billing Help.

To get help and troubleshoot other Microsoft products and services, enter your problem here.

There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering your Facebook account was hacked. After all, Facebook is your main communication hub for friends and family, a way to share interests and hobbies, and a source of news and information. Your page contains photos and details of your day-to-day activities, names of companies you do business with, along your friends’ information. When a hacker takes over your page, they can exploit this information in detrimental ways.

Unfortunately, hacked Facebook pages are an all too common occurrence. However, by the time you discover your page has been hacked, the damage is already done. Your friends start receiving spam, unusual friend requests, and requests for personal information.

That’s why it’s more important than ever that you take corrective action as soon as you discover your Facebook account has been compromised. In this guide, we will cover how to know when your page was hacked and what to do next to recover it.

However, sometimes dealing directly with Facebook can be a time-consuming and frustrating endeavor. DoNotPay can help you with recovering your account in just a few easy steps.

How to Tell if Your Facebook Account Was Hacked

The following signs usually indicate your Facebook account has been breached:

  • You notice changes to your personal information, including your name, birthday, email address, or password.
  • Your friends are receiving unusual messages from your account.
  • Spam posts start appearing on your newsfeed.
  • Friend requests are being sent to people you don’t know.

What to Do If Your Facebook Was Hacked

Once you have discovered your Facebook has been hacked, it’s time to take immediate action. Follow the steps below to mitigate the damage.

  1. Find the unauthorized device where the hacker is logging in from. This is done from Settings>Security and Login. Check under Where You’re Logged in. If there are devices you don’t recognize, terminate the session immediately. By clicking on the three dots to the right of the device, you can select Not You or Log Out. This logs the intruder off your account and gives you time to take further action before they can log back in.
  2. Notify your friends that your account was hacked, so they don’t click on links or give other information that may be sent to them from your account.
  3. Change your password. This is done by clicking Security and Login and scrolling down to Change Password. If you used the same password on other sites, change it on those sites as well.
  4. If ads and spam are coming from your hacked account, report it to Facebook as compromised with this link.
  5. After regaining control of your account, check the Apps option in Settings for any apps you did not add yourself. Click on the X to remove them.

What to Do if Your Facebook Username and Password Have Been Changed

If the hacker was able to take over your account and change your username and password, follow the steps below:

  • Reset the password if you are able. If not, follow Facebook’s guided process to secure the account.
  • After your account has been secured, change your username and password.
  • Add two-factor authentication to ensure hackers cannot get into the account.

How to Recover a Hacked Facebook Account With DoNotPay

Attempting to reset your Facebook account using the above steps can be a frustrating experience since it may not be successful. However, DoNotPay can help you recover your hacked Facebook account in just three easy steps.

  1. Open the Recover Hacked Gaming Account product on DoNotPay and enter the gaming company name. How to recover after your email password is compromised
  2. Fill in the details of your account, including when it was first created, when it was hacked, whether you still have access, the name of the game, associated usernames, and how much you have paid through this account (if you’ve paid at all). How to recover after your email password is compromised
  3. Choose whether you would like us to send the demand letter on your behalf, or just generate a digital copy, and provide your e-signature. How to recover after your email password is compromised

That’s all there is to it. DoNotPay will notify Facebook on your behalf and retrieve your hacked account. DoNotPay can also assist in retrieving hacked accounts for the following companies.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Solving problems with hacked accounts is just one of many issues DoNotPay can help you with. Here are other solutions DoNotPay can provide:

These are just a few of the solutions DoNotPay provides to help you through many types of situations. We’re here to help you cut through the red tape with our step-by-step guides. With over 250,000 cases successfully resolved, DoNotPay’s multi-purpose platform levels the playing field for everyone.

My facebook was hacked and they changed the email how to recover

In today’s article you will learn more about My facebook was hacked and they changed the email how to recover, in our comprehensive guide.

Having a hacked Facebook account is highly frustrating and can lead to misunderstandings. However, some hackers go further and delete the account completely. If this happened more than 30 days ago, your only option is to create a new account.

However, if the deletion took place less than a month ago, you may still have a chance to save your account.

Facebook is not everyone’s favorite social network like it used to be. Even so, you probably have photos, contacts, and information on your profile that you wouldn’t want to lose access to.

Losing access to your Facebook account can cause serious harm, even for those who don’t use the platform on a daily basis.

Although Facebook is constantly improving its security features, your account can still be hacked. If you notice any suspicious activity coming from your Facebook account or simply cannot log in, act quickly.

My facebook was hacked and they changed the email how to recover

See how to proceed when My facebook was hacked and they changed the email how to recover;

If the password has changed:

The most common type of hacking is by changing the account password so that the original user cannot access it. In fact, recovering that account is relatively easier. You need to follow these steps to do it.

  1. If only the password has changed and you still have access to the account’s associated email address, you can go to the “forgot password” option on the Facebook login page.
  2. Facebook will take you to another page and ask you to enter your username, email address or phone number. You can select any of the options.
  3. Facebook will find your profile, view your specific profile, enter your email address or mobile number and click “continue”.
  4. A recovery code will be sent to your desired recovery option. Enter this code and click continue.
  5. Now set your new password and your account will be ready to be used again.

If there is no access to the email:

If the hacker has gone a step further with hacking your account, and its associated email cannot be accessed, then you should take the following steps to get it back.

  1. Click on the Forgot password option.
  2. Now let Facebook search your profile by entering your username or email address
  3. Once you have been located by Facebook, click on your profile, a dialog will open to reset your password.
  4. Click “no longer have access to these” because you don’t have access to your associated email address.
  5. Then extended recovery options will be provided and it depends on the age of the Facebook account. Old Facebook accounts have a security question option to recover your account.
  6. New Facebook users can use the “Trusted Contacts” option to regain access to their account. To do this, enter the email address you have access to, and click reveal my trusted contacts ​​and enter the name of one of them. Facebook will provide a link that only your trusted contact can access. Ask them to click on the link and get the security code for you. Enter the security code to retrieve your account.

If the password and email address are changed:

If your password, as well as the associated email address, have been changed, the chances of recovering the account have been reduced somewhat. To overcome this type of situation, there are two procedures you can apply. It will require you to retrieve the account via your mobile number or old email address.

  • When retrieving your mobile number, all you have to do is go to the Facebook page. Click on the Forgot password option. Then enter your account information, such as username or email address, as soon as your Facebook profile appears, click on it and recovery options will appear. Click on the mobile number option. Enter your mobile number, Facebook will send you a text message in which a security code will be given. Enter the recovery code in the dialog. You will now be able to set a new password for your Facebook account.
  • The other way is to recover with email change notification. If your email address has changed, then Facebook will send an email to your previously requesting email address and notify you of the email change.
  • If your email id has been hacked then there will be an option “if you haven’t, please protect your account” click on it. You will have the option to protect your account.
  • Then Facebook will provide various recovery options according to account and security. You may be asked to upload your government identity, Facebook will verify it and reactivate your account.
  • Another option is to enter your date of birth to retrieve the account.
  • Another fun option is that Facebook will ask you to recognize your friends by showing their photos and asking their names.

Method -2

If none of the methods worked for you to recover your Facebook account, here are the new updated methods for you. Facebook has just released a new security update that allows you to reset your password without any verification (in some cases) only if you try to reset your password on the device you primarily use to log into Facebook. It means if your facebook has been hacked, and if you’ve tried several methods and it didn’t work, try the method below;

  1. Open the device you mainly use for Facebook, such as login, logout or any activity you’ve mainly done.
  2. For example; your iPhone using it for 2 years for Facebook too.
  3. Just try to recover / reset your password from that device.
  4. If Facebook recognizes your device, you can reset your password without any verification.
  5. To increase your chances, if it’s possible, when trying to reset your Facebook password, use the / Wi-Fi network that you use Facebook for most like your home Wi-Fi etc.

This may not work for you, but you should try. If you still haven’t, just post your comment below so we can give you some suggestions for your case.

If you love epic games, played under its platform for a long time, and ultimately decided to retire. That does not suggest your Epic Games account is not valuable to you, or it does not have a plethora of games attached to it that you do not value.

However, when you get an email regarding resetting your password after successfully connecting to an Xbox One that you do not own, that should be a cause for concern. The reason is that your Epic Games account may have been hacked.

Note that a hacker does not need to access your email to do so since they can use an insecure or leaked password to access your Epic Games account. Once they succeed, they can change your account’s password using the online account settings, after which they can link it to their Xbox One.

The bottom line is that your Epic Games account can get hacked if you do not protect it. Additionally, if you want to recover your gaming account, DoNotPay will offer you the help you need.

What Should You Do if Your Epic Games Account Gets Hacked?

The first thing you should do if you suspect your Epic Games account has been hacked is to ascertain whether that is true or not. Here are some of the things you should consider doing in this case.

  • Do not click any link to a suspicious email with your Epic Games account information.
  • Visit the Epic Games site and try to log in. If you can log in, then it is likely that you got a phishing email.
  • Once you log in successfully, change your password and enable two-factor authentication.
  • If you notice anything wrong after accessing your Epic Games account, you can consider contacting Epic Games support.

Protecting Your Epic Account From Getting Hacked

In addition to the Epic Games official site information, you can consider the following to keep your Epic Games account from getting hacked.

1. Check the URL and Locate the Lock

Understand that Epic Games will never have an unsecured website for logging into your account.

2. Use a Unique Password

Consider using a unique password for everything. You can also use a password manager if you cannot remember all your passwords. Note that your Xbox, Nintendo, and PS4 accounts can be used to access your Epic Games account.

That suggests that if the password you use for these accounts is weak, your Epic Games account can get hacked.

3. Do Not Replace Your Browser’s URL Bar

You should never use a search engine to replace your browser’s URL bar. The reason is that nowadays, search engines may do an amazing job of removing malicious ads, but they are always risky.

4. Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Although it may be annoying, you need to enable two-factor authentication for everything to protect your Epic Games account from getting hacked. The best part is that phones ease the automatic insertion of the codes texted to you.

Also, there are tons of stylish IRL key fobs to use, apps, emails, and various services that allow you to secure your Epic Games account. So, enabling two-factor authentication is advisable because it will stop most attacks even if hackers obtain your password.

How to Recover Your Gaming Account Using DoNotPay

Knowing where to start if you need to recover your gaming account may be challenging. If that is the case, DoNotPay can offer a solution through the simple steps below.

    Open the Recover Hacked Gaming Account product on DoNotPay and enter the gaming company name. How to recover after your email password is compromised

Fill in the details of your account, including when it was first created, when it was hacked, whether you still have access, the name of the game, associated usernames, and how much you have paid through this account (if you’ve paid at all). How to recover after your email password is compromised

Choose whether you would like us to send the demand letter on your behalf, or just generate a digital copy, and provide your e-signature. How to recover after your email password is compromised

Below are links for more issues that DoNotPay can help you with.

What Else Can DoNotPay Offer?

  • It allows you to cancel any subscription or service
  • Allows you to sue anyone in small claims court
  • It helps you when appealing a banned account
  • Facilitates the process of filing a complaint against any organization
  • Takes care of copyright protection issues

Other than waiting to restore your Epic Games account after it gets hacked, consider protecting it from unauthorized access using the tips above. Also, signing up with DoNotPay today is a wise idea because it will help you recover your gaming account.

How to recover after your email password is compromised

The most annoying thing is when you get your email hacked and you are unable to get it back. It is certainly threatening too as you might have some crucial information associated with it like your credit card and if you have an easy-to-grab password for your email account and you have opened your yahoo email account on somewhere not secure like on a public computer then you might get it hacked!

The lost yahoo email account can be recovered by using the Yahoo Account Recovery Wizard.

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First go to the yahoo sign in page and click the option “I can’t access my account!”

When you click it you will be routed to the page where you will be asked about “What’s the problem you are experiencing?” with a number of options. Just select the option “My account may have been compromised” and click next.

Now you will be routed to another page “We’ll help you sign in to Yahoo!”. Here you will enter your Yahoo Id and captcha code. After you have successfully entered the security code click Next.

On the next page, you will have to enter the information to verify your identity. The information you have already given in the “Yahoo! Account Settings” should be given here as well. If you have given the alternate email address you will be asked to enter it here and your password recovery information will be sent to you on that email account. Otherwise, if you have given your mobile number then you will be sent a reset code through an SMS. Take this code and enter it in the Yahoo Recovery Wizard page and you will be routed to the Reset Password Page, where you will be asked about the recovery questions .

Now you will be taken to the password recovery page where you will be asked to reset your password and then retype it. If both of the fields match then you have successfully reset your password.

Now that you have set the password, you will be asked to change recovery options. And finally after this, you will be routed to your lost email account!

Whether you are a professional e-sport competitor or just a casual gamer, having your Valorant account hacked can be extremely frustrating. Instead of unwinding and playing as your favorite agent, you may be left wondering if all your progress and purchased skins are gone forever.

DoNotPay can help recover a hacked Valorant account. Riot Games, the parent company of Valorant, has a legal obligation to keep your personal data safe. You can follow our do-it-yourself recovery guide below, but if that fails, DoNotPay can apply legal pressure to get your Valorant account restored.

How to Tell If Your Valorant Account Was Hacked

There are a number of telltale signs your account is compromised.

Strange Account Activity

  • Certain settings have been suspiciously changed, like skins, crosshairs, etc.
  • If you receive emails or Discord messages instructing you how to restore your account that isn’t from Valorant or Riot
  • Receiving unusual friend requests in Valorant that are followed with messages about your username and password

Check Account Activity

  • Does your activity log show unauthorized outbound messages?
  • Do friends mention seeing you in matches that you never played in?
  • Are you unexpectedly getting disqualified while playing?
  • Have you unexpectedly gone down in the rankings since your last login?

Common Ways Hackers Get Access to Your Valorant Account

  • Phishing scams. Always verify email authenticity when asked about login details.
  • Walking away when signed on. Always sign out of your account when leaving your device if others can access it.
  • Compromised email account. If the email associated with your Valorant account is compromised, it will be easy for hackers to get in.
  • Weak passwords. Using a password manager can prevent brute force attacks.
  • Sharing your account. The more people that have access to your account, the greater risk it is of being hacked.

What to Do If Your Valorant Account Was Hacked and You Still Have Access

  1. Immediately change your password
  2. You can change your password on Riot Games recovery website.
  3. Simply follow the prompts on this widget.
  4. It is highly recommended that you use a password manager to keep your account safe from brute force attacks.
  5. Change the password on the email associated with the Riot Games account.
  6. If you have saved credit card information on your Riot Games account, contact your bank to have your card canceled and replaced.

What to Do If Your Username or Password on Your Hacked Valorant Account Was Changed

  1. You will need to open a support ticket with Riot Games
  2. From the drop-down, select “Recover my account”
  3. You will need to complete a form that details your account. In the description field, include as much information as possible. Include things like when you first noticed suspicious activity on your account, what that activity was, and any relevant attachments.
  4. The typical turnaround time for Riot Games is usually 2-4 days.

DoNotPay Can Help Recover Your Hacked Valorant Account

Losing access to your Valorant account can be extremely frustrating. Instead of relaxing with a fun game session, you now have to worry about your digital security. Riot Games has a legal responsibility to keep your personal data safe.

If they fail to restore your account, DoNotPay can apply legal pressure on your behalf. We know all the ins and outs of the laws surrounding digital privacy and can use them to your advantage.

Here’s how to recover your hacked account using DoNotPay:

    Open the Recover Hacked Gaming Account product on DoNotPay and enter the gaming company name. How to recover after your email password is compromised

Fill in the details of your account, including when it was first created, when it was hacked, whether you still have access, the name of the game, associated usernames, and how much you have paid through this account (if you’ve paid at all). How to recover after your email password is compromised

Choose whether you would like us to send the demand letter on your behalf, or just generate a digital copy, and provide your e-signature. How to recover after your email password is compromised

DoNotPay Can Help Recover Hacked Accounts from a Multitude of Brands

DoNotPay should be your go-to solution for your other online accounts:

Why Use DoNotPay to Recover a Hacked Valorant Account

  • Fast. Instead of consulting with a lawyer, DoNotPay can submit demand letters to Riot Games much quicker.
  • Easy. DoNotPay is your one-stop shop to get your Riot Games account restored. Just provide us with the pertinent details, and we’ll do the rest.
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DoNotPay Can Do More than Just Recovering Hacked Accounts

Why waste so much time looking for unconnected services to solve your hacked account? DoNotPay can do much more.

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  • How to recover after your email password is compromised

    Q. Could you please review best practices if one’s email is hacked? Is changing the password for that email sufficient? Is it necessary to change the email address (use a whole new email) for each site, like Amazon, that uses the hacked email as the user login?

    A. If you still have access to the compromised account, changing the password is one of many steps you should take to protect yourself. If you are having trouble regaining control of the account, visit your mail provider’s site for instructions on recovering your account. Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo all have guides on their sites, as should other email and internet service providers. Tell your friends that your account was hacked and to ignore any odd messages that appear to have come from you.

    Your account may have been hacked through malicious software, so scan your computer for malware and viruses with a security program. If you do not have security software installed, you can use Microsoft’s built-in Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials. Avast and AVG are among the many companies that make free basic antivirus software for Windows and Mac. Malwarebytes has free and trial versions of its malware-scanning program for Windows and Mac that can work alongside antivirus software. You should also update your computer and devices with the latest security updates.

    Next, check your mail settings to make sure nothing has been changed — like copies of your messages set to forward to an unfamiliar addresses, unfamiliar entries in your address book, or new links or information added to your email signature file. Take this opportunity to change and update your security questions and answers that your provider uses to confirm your identity if you use the Forgot Password option.

    While you are in your mail settings, set up two-factor authentication or two-step verification if you have not already and the feature is available from your mail provider. You will need to provide a code or acknowledge a login attempt on another device after you enter your password, but the extra step helps keep your account more secure.

    If you have rescued your account and bolstered its defenses, you should be able to keep using the address as a login for other sites, but go in and change the password you used with it, along with all the other passwords for other sites where you used the address as your login. You should also update any site where you repeatedly used the same password as the one for the hacked mail account.

    The Federal Trade Commission has an online guide to dealing with a hacked mail account. And to avoid being hacked again, follow basic precautions like avoiding public wireless networks without using a virtual private network.

    Data breaches are a regular occurrence these days, but have hackers been digging around in your personal information? These tools will help you figure out if your online accounts have been hacked, and your email addresses and passwords stolen.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    Large data breaches happen with uncomfortable frequency. It has never been more necessary to secure your online accounts with a password manager and two-factor authentication, where available.

    But what if a service you use is hacked? The following tools can help you determine if your accounts were caught up in a breach.

    HaveIBeenPwned (Opens in a new window) is an online repository of email addresses and passwords that have been collected from publicly disclosed data breaches. Enter your email address and the site will tell you if that email address has appeared in data breaches and, if so, from which sites.

    The site also offers a tool to find out if your password (Opens in a new window) has been part of any data breaches. However it won’t tell you which sites the password was found on, since this could make it possible for someone to piece together a username and password that hasn’t been changed yet.

    HIBP’s list of sites where your account has been breached isn’t comprehensive, especially if you’ve re-used a username and password combo on multiple sites. For example, if your login info for Dropbox was breached in the company’s 2016 hack (Opens in a new window) , an attacker could try it on other sites in the hopes that you reuse your username and password.

    One thing that I’ve learned over the years is not to assume that your account has been hacked. Things like that seem to be much more common now than they were five or six years ago. It can be easy to assume, especially when your account gets hacked and you don’t actually gain access to your login information. But you never know, is your account really gone?

    Epic Games is having another account security breach. They’re now asking for users of the game, Fortnite, to change their passwords. In the past, Epic Games has had problems with hackers breaking into their network and then selling on the info of players in an effort to mine their accounts for microtransactions. It’s happened to the makers of “Fortnite” twice now, and their second incident has been a little more serious. “[Players] had their account security compromised,” said the company in a statement. “We are in the process of investigating this serious issue.”

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    I recently checked my email and noticed that my Epic Games account was hacked. I thought it was a hoax, but My Epic Games Account Was Hacked – How to Restore Access to Your Epic Games / Fortnite Account | is true. It is not hard to find people on the internet that have had their accounts hacked. I had lost the battle to keep my account safe. The account is important to me and I want it back.. Read more about how to get your fortnite account back without email and password and let us know what you think.

    As everyone knows, I’m a huge fan of Fortnite, and I’m now 2 for 2 in the game. I’ve won two games since then and haven’t played since. That isn’t to say that my Epic Games account isn’t important to me, or that it isn’t filled with free games and other Epic Games that I like. So I was worried when I received an email stating that my password had been changed and that I had successfully connected to an Xbox One – an Xbox One that I did not own.

    This type of attack enabled someone to reset the password without having to go via my email – I’m guessing they signed in using an unsecured or leaked password, updated it through the online account settings, and then connected it to their Xbox One. I’m not sure why; my Epic Games account isn’t very impressive, but it’s still alarming.

    What to Do If You’ve Been Hacked

    So the first thing you should do is double-check that your account has been hacked and that the email you’ve received is from Epic Games. First, never open any links in the email – there’s no sense in believing it in the first place. Instead, go to the Epic Games website and try to log in (again, via your own methods, not the emails link). If you can log in, congratulations – you’ve most certainly received a scam email. Change your password (to something safe and unique to Epic Games) and activate two-factor authentication if you haven’t already.

    It’s time to call Epic Games support if you can’t get in or if you get in and discover ANYTHING is incorrect (accounts connected that shouldn’t be, particularly fraudulent payments, etc.) if you think it’s appropriate. I’m not going to link to them directly; instead, go to the Epic Games website. You’ll want to submit all of the information about what happened (what emails you’ve gotten, what has changed in your account) through a support request at this point, and then be ready to verify ownership.

    It was connected to someone’s Microsoft account in the instance of my account. This is problematic because it enables them to utilize the Microsoft sign-on procedure to get direct access to my account, and that account is the ONLY ONE FOREVER AND EVER that can connect to it until you seek assistance from support.

    Epic Games restored my account in 5 days, despite the fact that it was the summer vacation. I’d want to emphasize that the time may vary, so be prepared to wait. Here are some suggestions to help you prevent being hacked before it happens.

    What Should You Do to Avoid Being Hacked?

    Follow the instructions below, as well as the guidance on the official website:

    • For everything, use a different password. Use a password manager like LastPass or KeyPass if you can’t remember them all. Remember that your Nintendo, PlayStation 4, and Xbox accounts may all be used to access your amazing games account. If your password is weak there, they may use it to harm you.
    • Two-factor authentication should be enabled. Thank you for everything. It’s inconvenient, but phones now make it simpler than ever to automatically enter the codes you’re texted, and there are a slew of beautiful IRL key fobs to choose from, as well as apps and email and a slew of other methods to keep your account safe. Make it happen! Even if they have your password, it will block most assaults.
    • Turn on two-factor authentication for your password app of choice!!
    • If you make a lot of transactions, saving payment information is useful, but you should never store a debit card or anything else that you use to pay your bills. If your account gets hacked and the nerds purchase a lot of zbucks, you may find yourself waiting not just for Epic to reimburse you, but also for your bank to complete the return. When you include in weekends, you might be looking at a long period of time.
    • Never give out your password. While it’s often against the rules of service (and a certain way to be banned), it’s also a disaster waiting to happen. Even with your closest online pals, who you constantly bombard with OwO, :3, and XD.
    • Never go to a website after receiving an unwanted email. I say unsolicited because you’ll frequently have to click password reset emails, which is OK in most cases, but if you didn’t ask for it, don’t. Enter the URL into your browser.
    • Use a search engine to supplement your browser’s URL bar, not to replace it. While malicious advertisements are rare these days, and search engines do an amazing job of eliminating them, they are always a danger.
    • When you login, check the URL at the top and look for the lock. Epic Games would never allow you to connect in to an insecure website.

    Thank you very much to the Epic Games customer service staff for fixing my account problems, and here’s to keeping our accounts secure in the future!

    Epic Games recently changed their account security protocols, the result of which was that people’s accounts were immediately locked out. If you were one of them, you need to know how to regain access to your account. We have put together a step by step guide to help you regain access to your Epic Games account, but if you’re still having trouble, we recommend you contact the support team.. Read more about epic games account hacked reddit and let us know what you think.

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    It may be hard to tell if someone has hacked your Yahoo Mail account, but you can look for several warning signs. You should be especially watchful if you hear about a widespread data breach that may have revealed your password or login info. When you suspect your Yahoo email is hacked or compromised, it’s important to act quickly to secure your data.

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    How to Know if Your Yahoo Mail Is Hacked

    It won’t always be obvious that someone has gained access to your email and its information, and that’s by design. The longer it takes you to re-secure your account, the longer the hacker can use it.

    Here are some things to look out for.

    Are you still receiving mail? You may notice a lack of messages hitting your inbox, which could be a sign someone is getting to them before you are. It may be nothing; you could just be having a slow email day, but if you go several days without getting anything, you should probably take a closer look.

    Check your Sent folder. Hackers may use your address to blast out spam to your contacts, and they may leave the evidence behind. This method isn’t a guarantee, but if you see messages in your Sent folder that you didn’t write, you definitely have a problem.

    Even if the messages aren’t still in your outbox, your friends will probably mention they’ve received spam from you.

    Look out for suspicious activity or unfamiliar devices. When you log in to your Yahoo account using a web browser, you can see which other devices are also signed in. Go to Account Info under your profile picture in the upper-right corner, then select Recent Activity.

    You’ll see all of the devices that can access your account, along with their locations. If you see one that isn’t familiar to you, select Sign Out to remove its access.

    Check your other settings. Select the Settings gear on your Yahoo home page, then select More Settings to access settings like filters, forwarding addresses, and the name that appears on messages you send. Hackers can change these to intercept your email or affect how your account works.

    Look for reports of security breaches. When services like Yahoo suffer massive data leaks, you’ll see something about it in the news. Unfortunately, companies don’t always announce that the breaches happened for weeks or months after the attacks occurred, so once it hits the news, your information may already be in trouble.

    How to Secure a Hacked Yahoo Mail Account

    If you discover strange and suspicious activity in your account or hear about a breach, you’ll want to lock down your data as soon as possible. Here are some steps to take to keep your account safe.

    Change your password. Two of the best ways to keep your important accounts secure are to update the passwords and not use the same one for multiple sites. You can use a password manager to both generate and store unique credentials and automatically log in to sites you visit.

    Along with regular updates, you want to make sure you’re choosing strong passwords to keep the account more secure.

    Don’t rely on your password. Yahoo Mail offers a couple options to secure your account, both of which use your smartphone to authorize access. You can use both if you want, and it’s probably worth doing it to ensure your account is as secure as possible.

    • Two-step authentication: Tells Yahoo to send you a code via text message the first time you try to sign in using a new device or from a new location using your password. You won’t have to do this every time you sign in unless you sign out from that device in your account.
    • A Yahoo Account Key: Bypasses the password altogether and ties your login to an authorization from your phone via the Yahoo Mail app.

    Change your security questions and answers. Just like your password, hackers can uncover the questions you answer to prove you’re really you during the password-reset process. These details are items like your mother’s maiden name, the year you graduated from high school, and the street you grew up on.

    For extra security with these questions, make up answers that only you know. Dedicated hackers may be able to find the correct responses on the internet, so entering accurate information may not be as secure as you’d like.

    Sign up to receive notifications on data breaches. Credit-checking services like Credit Karma and CreditWise will notify you via emails and app notifications as soon as they detect your information was involved in a leak. This won’t help you lock down your Yahoo account if someone has already hacked it, but you’ll get notice and can respond faster in the event of future incidents.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    It’s not just us who are aware of our daily routine. Our devices are also part of the routine, and for the sake of our online security, most of the services we employ recognize our devices. For example, your Gmail account definitely “knows” that you mostly access it either from home, work or via your mobile device. So you must’ve noticed that you receive a security email each time you access your account from a new location. Google takes your Gmail account’s security seriously, so you can be sure that you will be notified if suddenly your Gmail account password gets changed without your permission.

    In other words, you will know about the attempts to hack into your account, and Google will urge you to either recover your Gmail password or simply reset it. In this blog entry, we will talk about the steps you have to take to get back into a hacked account, and what you can do to secure your account to avoid similar problems in the future. Please note that although Google provides you with quite a few tools to keep your account safe, you should also put some effort into protecting your Gmail account.

    How to Recover a Hacked Gmail Account

    Let’s say the worst has happened, someone changed your Gmail account password, and you can no longer sign in. Well, the first thing you can do is access the account recovery and go through the Gmail password recovery process by answering all the questions. According to Google, the account recovery page should help you restore your account if someone changed your recovery phone number or email address, if your account was deleted, or if you cannot seem to be able to sign in anymore.

    Please note that you should not skip these questions when you go through the recovery process. The more questions you answer, the faster you will be able to recover your password. As we have already mentioned in the beginning, your account “remembers” your devices, so using the device you have always used to access your account might also help speed up the process. Aside from the device, your location also matters, so you should be either at home or work because that’s probably the location where you usually sign in. Finally, do not forget to double-check the information you type in. Typos might inadvertently prevent you from recovering your account.

    How to Secure Your Gmail Account

    Now that you can sign in to your account again, you should follow several steps to secure it. If you do that, you should be able to avoid situations when your Gmail account password gets changed by a hacker in the future.

    Google offers to go through the Security Checkup, to see whether you have all the steps covered. First, you have the Sign-in & recovery step where you can add ways to verify that it’s you using your account. You can add a phone number and a recovery email account, which you should be able to use in the case you need to recover Gmail password.

    Next, you can check the sign-in devices that are registered by your account. If you do not recognize any device, you can remove it from the list and change your password immediately. Finally, there is also a list of the recent security events that you can check. If you find suspicious activity, it is the first sign that perhaps you should change your password on all the devices and apps where you have saved it.

    How to Know If My Account Has Been Compromised?

    Perhaps you think that you need to secure your Gmail account, but you cannot tell whether it’s been compromised or not. Well, for that, you can also go through a checklist provided by Google.

    First, if you no longer get emails and your friends complain that they get a lot of spam from you, that could be the sign that your account has been compromised. Second, if you see payment invoices on Google Play that you do not recognize, then hackers must have barged into your account for sure.

    The same goes for all the other social media apps, for which you use your Gmail account. If you notice unfamiliar activity, and you are sure that you have never watched a particular YouTube video, have never installed a certain app, or have never uploaded a certain blog post, perhaps it is time to reset your password.

    How to Make It Easier?

    Changing your Gmail account password should not be a very demanding task, but it might be hard to keep track of all the passwords you have changed if you have multiple accounts. What’s more, any user clearly goes through a particular amount of stress each time they have to recover their Gmail passwords. Not to mention that remembering all the passwords takes a lot of effort, and not everyone can do that at the snap of their fingers.

    So what are the options? You can make something else remember it for you. And for that, we have password managers. If you use a password manager app, you won’t have to worry about recovering your Gmail password again because the app will keep it safe in your password vault.

    What’s more, with a password manager, you will be able to come up with unique passwords, and they will be protected by a strong encryption algorithm. You can use the application’s password generator to create new passwords, and the program will also remind you to change your passwords regularly.

    In other words, a password manager provides another layer of security for your Gmail account, and all the other accounts you might have across different platforms. If you follow all the Google security tips and use a password manager app to protect your personal data, your overall security level grows stronger. In other words, online security is not a single one-way street because all parties (the main service provider, a third-party application, and you) have to work hand in hand to ensure the best online experience.

    Forget your Yahoo Email Account?Don’t worried. This blog shows you how to Recover Yahoo Email Account with several simple steps.

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    Yahoo Mail is one of the biggest email services currently. But like any other email pages, Yahoo! Mail will be caught in some annoying troubles. There are many cases that you just want to explode as you can’t use your Yahoo! Mail account properly. This post offers the solution to help you recover the Yahoo account and reset the mobile numbers.

    • Part 1: How to Recover Yahoo Email Account
    • Part 2: How to Change Email Phone Number

    Part 1: How to Recover Yahoo Email Account

    If you have forgotten your Yahoo mail password, you can easily reset the password again and assess your account. You can change or reset your Yahoo password. Follow the next solution to recover your Yahoo password. Also, if your account has some problems, you can find out the solution to the Yahoo helper center.

    1. Reset Forgotten Yahoo Email Password

    Go to the Yahoo help center: You can see the top 10 FAQs about the Yahoo account.

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    Choose change or reset your Yahoo password:

    1. By clicking Change or reset your Yahoo password, you will turn to this interfacce.

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    2. Just select “Reset a forgotten password” and reset your Yahoo account password.

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    2. Restore Forgotten Yahoo ID:

    Firstly, please visit the main page of Yahoo. Under the logging bars, you will see a light blue phrase which states I can’t access my account. Then, click on it.

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    In the 3 problems listed, choose the second one and then click Next to confirm your trouble.

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    In the next screen, you will be asked to fill in your alternative email address or your mobile phone number. Remember to type in the correct information that matches the information in the application Yahoo!

    Mail account form. Click on Next to continue.

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    After that, in this step, you will be required to fill in a CAPTCHA code to confirm the information. Then click on Next again.

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    Congratulation! This is the final step you have to do. Just wait for some minutes and then check your phone or your alternative email address. You will receive a text telling your Yahoo ID.

    3. Invalid ID or password message

    If you encounter this problem, it means that the Yahoo ID or/and the password you have just typed don’t fit each other. This is usually due to these reasons.

    1. You mistakenly turn on the Cap Locks. Turn it off and try to type your ID and password once again carefully.
    2. If you have just changed your password recently and hasn’t updated for the computer, it is likely to enter your old password automatically. Type in your new password to get access to the account.

    Part 2: How to Change Email Phone Number

    In the first place, visit the link: . On the left side of the screen, choose the Password and Sign in the bar.

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    Then you will come to the drop-down menu, choose Unable to sign in.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    On the right side of the screen, type in your Yahoo ID as requested.

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    Click Submit, your Yahoo ID and then follow all the recommendations. Try to contact Yahoo support or Password Helper to solve your problem.

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    Signing in from a different device.

    If you sign in from your smartphone or another laptop, for example, you will be required to verify your account. You may do this either by an alternative email address or mobile phone.

    After choosing one, you will receive a verification code. In the provided bar, type the code you have just received. Then click on the Submit code option. Then you will be able to use your Yahoo account.

    Account locked.

    • If you mistype your password many times, your account will be locked for at least 12 hours. After that time, you will be capable of logging into your Yahoo account.
    • Problems using Password Helper.

    In case you have asked Password Helper to regain your password and it doesn’t work, try to contact Yahoo support to get immediate help.

    Your account has been compromised (hacked)

    Visit the link: then type in your Yahoo ID. Yahoo will do anything in their power to help you get your ID back.

    Tips for Yahoo! Mail Account Recovery

    • Always keep your security information (alternative email address, secret questions, etc.) up to date.
    • Write down your account information somewhere to make sure you will never lose them.
    • Keep your alternative email address active so that you can be contacted through at any time.
    • Find help on the Internet. You will be offered several useful ways to get back your account.

    Social media companies are juggling account security and recovery — and failing users in the process

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    For Jonca Bull-Humphries, a clinical researcher who lives in the D.C. area, being locked out of Facebook after a hack was more than just an inconvenience.

    She was missing important updates from family and friends. She worried that whoever got into her account and changed the password and associated email address could misrepresent her to people she cares about.

    Bull-Humphries said she tried for six weeks to get her account back, following the steps in Facebook’s official account recovery process. She pored over threads in the company’s community forums and even sent a picture of her driver’s license to verify her identity. Nothing worked.

    “I’m feeling increasingly like a lesson to all of those hundred of millions of people out there. When something goes wrong, it’s really hard to get it corrected,” she said.

    A quick Google search for “locked social media account” suggests plenty of people have already learned the hard way. Reddit threads, advice columns and emails to The Washington Post’s Help Desk show social media users are plagued by lost and hacked accounts and often driven to despair. Account recovery processes are frustrating and circular. Getting in touch with a human is rare, although Facebook said it will start testing a live chat option this week for a small number of people who are locked out of accounts because of “unusual activity” or violations of the site’s community standards. (Read on: With the right approach, some account-recovery stories have happy endings.)

    Some accounts end up locked because of lost passwords, others because of bad password hygiene and adversaries working constantly to break in. Social media companies, meanwhile, juggle customer service and account security as they try to make sure fraudsters don’t abuse recovery tools to wrongfully gain access. Some of this could be solved with additional security checks, but those may be bad business for companies with a grow-at-all-costs mentality.

    After I emailed Facebook about Bull-Humphries’ Facebook account, the company sent her a link to reset her password and all seemed to be well. But the next day, she messaged me again: The hacker was back in and Bull-Humphries was locked out.

    Hackers target social media accounts because they want to spread scams, phishing links or misinformation, said Jon Clay, vice president of threat intelligence at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro.

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    What Should I Do If My Yahoo! Account Was Hacked?

    • December 15, 2016

    In an attack that is the presently largest breach in cyber-crime history, 1 billion Yahoo accounts were compromised. Everything from names, email address, phone numbers, encrypted passwords, and more was taken, marking yet another online giant as victim to the now endemic hacking folly that is sweeping the globe.

    With 1 billion accounts hit (along with the less recent mail breach experienced in 2014), there’s a good possibility that your username was one of them. Here’s what you can do if your Yahoo account was hacked.

    #1 Check Your Email Address

    The reason you’re checking your email address is because often this is where most hackers will start. People save loads of sensitive information in their email accounts, unaware that this is the first place hackers will look for the lucrative data when they strike. So before you do anything else, make sure you are feeding hackers your all-important information by using an anti-intrusion email security tool like this one. It’ll sweep your accounts looking for credit card numbers, exposed passwords, and other sensitive information that is sitting around waiting for a hacker to dive into.

    Additionally, these tools will help you remove the information and alarm you if something suspicious comes up in the future.

    #2 Check Your Latest Logins

    Next you should check out what’s going on with your account. You can do this by viewing your Recent activity logs that can be accessed from the left hand menu bar on your Yahoo Account page.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    As you can see from the screenshot, the right hand side will show you a list of places and devices where your Yahoo account has been accessed recently. If something looks unfamiliar or suspicious, change your password immediately. Yahoo makes this really simple by giving you the password change link right there on the activity log page, and we walk you through the process in the next section.

    #3 Change Your Password

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    Once again, from your Yahoo account page, look through the left hand navigation for the Account security link. In this section, you’ll see Change password. Click on this to select a new password. When choosing a new password, bear in mind that the experts have recommended that you avoid standard dictionary words and personal details (like your mother’s name or son’s birthday), and that you opt instead for a combination of numbers/letters/cases/characters that is a minimum of 8 characters long.

    #4 Check Your Recovery Details

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    Continuing along the Account security section, you’ll see a section that contains your account recovery information. This is an email address or password used to verify your account if you get locked out for some reason.

    If you don’t have one, now’s a good time to add one! List a reliable email address and phone number that you have access to all the time. This way, if you are locked out of your account, you can easily recover the account by accessing the information sent to your recovery information listed.

    If you already have recovery details in place, check that these are accurate. Sometimes hackers will change even one letter in your email address, changing the actual email account to one that they control. This effectively gives them full access to your account without you even realizing it. The same could be true of the phone number you’ve provided, so check both of these pieces of information to see that they are accurate.

    #5 Opt for Two-Step Verification

    Two-factor or two-step verification is a smart way to keep hackers at bay. This process requires you to enter a verification pin that is sent to the cell phone number provided upon activation before logging into your account. Only the person holding your phone can access this code, so unless the criminals have stolen your actual mobile device, two-step verification is a sure-fire security block.

    To opt into two-step verification, go to your Yahoo account page, and open the Account security section. Near the bottom of the page, you’ll see Two-step verification with a toggle switch to turn it on or off.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    #6 Check Other Accounts

    Here’s why you should never use the same password on multiple accounts: Hacker aren’t stupid, and they’ll take your stolen password from one account, Yahoo for example, and apply it to all of your other web accounts, enabling them to run free through your private space. The reason they can get away with this is because so many people use the same password for several accounts, so they’ve taken all the work out of security breaching for hackers.

    Don’t fall for this easy scammer bait. Use strong, unique passwords for each of your online accounts. If you’ve already made this mistake, go through your other accounts to see if you still have access. If you do, change the passwords to new, unique ones now. If you don’t have access, try to recover the account or contact customer support to reset the password.

    #7 Get Antivirus Protection

    Unfortunately, there are thousands of ways for a hacker to mess up your life. Whether it’s infecting your device with a trojan horse or simply using your account to send out spam, cybercriminals are industrious to say the least. That’s why you’ve got to stay one step ahead of them all the time.

    The only way to keep ahead of the hacking game is to use reliable antivirus software frequently. There are several free versions that provide solid security, or you can pay for an even more thorough software package (though it isn’t really necessary for the average Joe). Mobile security is also a major factor in ensuring your online security, so download a free mobile antivirus to keep your cell phone and tablets protected.

    #8 Get Help When You’re Locked Out

    Most importantly, if you can’t access your account because the password was changed, the first step is to try and recover the Yahoo account via the recovery information you provided when opening the account. If this still doesn’t work or you don’t have access to these forms, then use this form to get customer support quickly involved.

    Chris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He’s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times and Reader’s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami’s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times—and that’s just here at How-To Geek. Read more.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    Security breaches and password leaks happen constantly on today’s Internet. LinkedIn, Yahoo,, eHarmony — the list of compromised websites is long. If you want to know whether your account information was leaked, there are some tools you can use.

    These leaks often lead to many compromised accounts on other websites. However, you can protect yourself by using unique passwords everywhere — if you do, password leaks won’t be a threat to you.

    Why Password Leaks Are Dangerous

    Password leaks are so dangerous because many people use the same password for multiple websites. If you register for a website with your email address and provide the same password you use for your email account, that email/password combination may be present on a list somewhere.

    Crackers can then use this email/password combination to gain access to your email account. Even if you use a different password for your email account, they may try the email or account name and password combination on other websites to gain access to your other accounts.

    For example, crackers recently compromised over 11,000 Guild Wars 2 accounts. They didn’t use keyloggers or compromise the game’s servers — they just tried logging in using email address and password combinations found on lists of leaked passwords. Players who reused a password that had already been leaked were compromised. The same will happen for other services that crackers want to gain access to.

    How To Protect Yourself

    To protect yourself against future leaks, ensure you use different passwords on each website — and ensure they’re long, strong passwords. Otherwise, a compromise at one website could lead to your accounts elsewhere being compromised. While compromised websites will generally inform you of the leak and have you change your password immediately, this won’t help much if you’re using the same password on many other websites.

    Remembering unique passwords for all the different websites we use can be difficult, which is why password managers can be so useful. We like LastPass, but many people swear by KeePass, which keeps you in control of your data.

    Checking If Your Password Was Leaked

    If you’re curious whether your email address appears on one of these leaked password lists, you don’t have to find a shady download site and download the lists yourself. Instead, you can use a tool that quickly checks for you.

    PwnedList is a good one. LastPass now uses PwnedList to monitor whether LastPass account email addresses become compromised. For example, if your LastPass account email address is [email protected], you’ll get a notification if [email protected] appears on any lists of leaked email addresses and passwords. This only applies to the single email address you use for your LastPass account, not every address you have in your LastPass vault.

    If you want to check an email address manually, you can use PwnedList’s website. Plug in an email address and PwnedList will tell you whether it appears on any leaked lists. (Note that you can also enter SHA-512 hashes of your email address if you don’t trust PwnedList with your email address — you can use a tool such as this one to generate a SHA-512 hash.)

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    If your email address does appear on a list, don’t panic — this just means you should ensure you’re not reusing the same passwords on multiple websites. If you use the same password everywhere and your email address appears on one (or more) of these lists, you have a problem — you should change your passwords immediately.

    LastPass also hosts some tools that allow you to see whether a specific password appears on the leaked lists of LinkedIn or passwords. You can actually plug passwords in and see if someone was using them. The results show how weak many passwords are — plug in “password123” and you can see that at least one person was using it as their LinkedIn password.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    Your email account is the center of your online security — websites generally allow you to change your password as long as you can click a link in an email. If someone else gains access to your email account, it can be game over for your other accounts. Read How To Recover After Your Email Password Is Compromised for more tips on protecting yourself.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    People were losing their email accounts to hackers long before Gmail, but unfortunately, the trend is still present, if not even worse than ever before. Google made the email service free and available to everyone and over the years it became the most popular choice of email.

    Since most emails are sent from Gmail, a single email service, it is natural that they are also the main target of hackers. A lot of information can be found out from a person’s email account, including not only their credentials but also sensitive information, like their bank account details.

    Everyone leaves a digital footprint on the Internet nowadays, so it is easier for hackers to hijack one’s account and abuse it. If your account got hacked and you’re locked out of it, do not worry this article will help you.

    Warning Signs of a Hacked Gmail Account

    Maybe you can stop an intruder on your Gmail account before it is too late. Some hackers like to lay low and use your account without changing the password to evade being detected. In case they have not already changed your password, here is how you can notice something is wrong:

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    1. First of all, Google always notifies you of a new device logging into your account, showing its location. If you get notified of a log in from a device you can’t recognize, confirm it is not you and block this device from accessing your profile.
    2. Look for any suspicious activity on other websites linked to your Gmail. These can be other Google services, like YouTube, Google Photos, Google Drive, and other linked Gmail accounts. Also, look out for third party websites where you logged in with Gmail, especially if you used your credit card to buy something there.
    3. Check to see if someone tampered with your security settings. If you notice changes in your recovery email account, phone number, location sharing, etc. revert them quickly.
    4. Check your financial activity on Google services like Google Play, Google Pay or Google Ads. If there any payments you did not authorize, you can report them to Google and get a refund.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    You should change your Gmail password as soon as you spot any of these signs. Also make sure to change the password on any associated websites, especially if you are using the same password for multiple sites.

    If Your Gmail Password Is Already Changed

    In the worst case scenario, your Gmail is compromised and you cannot log into your account because the password is changed. Do not panic because there is still hope. You can recover your account following Google’s account recovery instructions.

    Before you start the recovery process, try to remember as much as you can about your account. You will be asked about the previous password, the recovery email address, and phone number. Google will ask you to confirm that you lost access to the account, whether you deleted it or not. Even if you are unsure of some answers, at least try to guess instead of skipping questions.

    Google keeps track of everything, so use it to your advantage. Log in from a familiar browser and the location where you used to sign in regularly. Use a device Google will recognize, like your phone, tablet or PC.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    What to Do next?

    Hopefully, you have managed to recover your Gmail account and prevent any damage the hacker might have caused. What are your next steps?

    Change the password

    You should not just change the password you use for Gmail, but also revisit your other important passwords. It is safer to change your social media passwords, passwords for any websites where you made purchases, and any site connected to your Google account.

    Go for a strong password, something completely new and hard to crack. Use a sentence instead of a word, and mix in some symbols and numbers. Never use the same password twice, because that way you can get your other accounts compromised as well.

    Use different Recovery Methods

    If the hacker found out your recovery email or recovery phone number, change them as well. You can also change the security question. In case you did not have two-factor authentication, you should enable it. It makes your account much more secure.

    Use Virus Protection

    Scan all your devices for malware and viruses and eliminate them. Enable your firewall or Windows Defender for extra safety.

    Back to Safety

    Hopefully, this helped you deal with your Gmail breach. Remember to take extra precautions to keep your account and devices safe in the future. That will make it harder for hackers to hijack your Gmail again. Give us your thoughts or share your experiences in the comments below.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    This article will walk you through the various means of recovering your Gmail account, whether you’ve forgotten your password and security questions, or you’ve become the victim of a hacked account.

    • You have forgotten Gmail password
    • You have not registered alternate recovery options
    • Your mobile phone number has been changed
    • Your Gmail account has been hacked
    • Your Gmail account unaccessed for 9 months
    • Google couldn’t verify if this account belongs to you

    What to do if you have forgotten Gmail password?

    If you’ve forgotten the password to your Gmail account, you may recover your account by going to Gmail’s web password recovery site and filling in its form.

    The first window will resemble the following:

    Enter your email address, and click next. Then, this window will appear:

    Since you do not know your password, click Try a different question. In the process, you may be asked for either the answer to your secret question or your alternate email or phone number.

    What to do if you have not registered alternate recovery options?

    Unfortunately, if when you created the account you did not register a secret question that you remember or an alternate recovery email address or phone number to which you have access to receive a reset code, you cannot prove that you are the account’s legitimate owner. Hence account recovery is absolutely impossible, and there is no way around it.

    What to do if your mobile phone number has been changed?

    If you have changed your mobile phone number, you can still recover your account only if you remember your password. Head to this link to recover your account. A reset code will be sent to your alternate recovery address or phone. You will be asked for your password.

    What to do if your Gmail account has been hacked?

    If someone changed your account information, like your recovery phone number or recovery email, if someone deleted your account, or if you can’t sign in for another reason, Gmail offers a step-by-step recovery process.

    • First, click the following link to gain access to the recovery page.
    • Type your email or phone number, and click Next. After you have entered your email address, Gmail will ask you for the last password that you have used and, then, will ask you where you wish to have the reset code sent to you:
    • If you do not have a mobile number or email address where you can receive a reset code, you should create one. If during the recovery process you do not know the answer, click Try a different question; you should then be able to enter an alternate email address or mobile phone number to get the code:
    • A reset code will immediately be dispatched to you. On the next page, you will be asked to enter the six digit reset code, and you will gain access to your account. Check your text messages or email for the code.

    N.B. Once you have regained access to your account, we suggest that you immediately change your alternate recovery information and password.

    What to do if your Gmail account has been unaccessed for 9 months?

    If you have not accessed your Gmail account for approximately 9 months, it has been deleted from the Gmail server. Deleted accounts and the data stored within are impossible to recover. Unfortunately, if this is the case for you, you must create a new account, taking care to note your password and security questions in a safe place.

    What to do if Google couldn’t verify this account belongs to you?

    If you are seeing the message: “Google couldn’t verify this account belongs to you” this is because the account recovery information that you have provided in order to prove account ownership is insufficient according to Google. To make sure that you are giving as much possible information as possible follow these steps:

    Answer as many of the recovery questions as possible. Do your best to fill them all in and not skip them. It is best to guess if you are not sure than to leave one blank.

    Log in to your account from a device or location that you have already logged into your account from. If you are on holiday, or at a different address, then it is best to wait until you are home to try and reconnect. Similarly, use the same web browser. For example, if you usually use Google Chrome, don’t try to log in with Internet Explorer.

    When entering any passwords and security questions, make sure there are no typos, including uppercase and lowercase, because these are all important.

    You may have received a message from us that your Telstra account has been compromised. There could be a potential risk to your email account or your Telstra ID.

    Please check the notification you received to see which of the following applies in your case.

    • How did this happen?
    • Telstra email suspended
    • Telstra ID reset
    • Telstra ID and email affected
    • Prevent email compromise
    • Related topics

    How did this happen?

    When we detect suspicious activity, we’ll temporarily suspend or reset your account to prevent someone else from using it. This can be inconvenient, but we take your privacy very seriously and want to protect you from having further personal details compromised.

    There are a number of ways this may have occurred. For example, someone may have sent emails claiming to be from a company that you do business with and coerced you to reveal your personal information. Visiting harmful web pages that install malware on your computer can also put your personal information at risk.

    Your Telstra email account is suspended

    This means we detected a potential risk and believe your email password may have been compromised. To protect your personal information, we suspended your email account.

    To re-activate your account, you’ll need to contact us to set up a new password and restore your email access.

    Your Telstra ID was reset

    This means we detected a potential risk to the Telstra ID linked to your Telstra email and believe your password may have been compromised. To protect your personal information, we reset your password.

    To re-activate your account, you’ll need to reset your password.

    Once you’ve reset your password, you’ll also need the password in your modem settings. Find out how to access your modem settings.

    If you use a non-Telstra email program like Outlook or Windows Mail, you’ll need to update your password there too.

    Both your Telstra ID and email account are affected

    This means we detected a potential risk to your Telstra ID and email account. To protect your personal information, we reset your Telstra ID password and suspended your email account.

    To re-activate your account, you’ll need to contact us to set up a new password and restore your email access.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    With all the accounts we create on the internet, we may forget our Gmail login details from time to time, and when this happens, we get locked out of our own account. The good news is you don’t have to create a new account. In most cases, you can get your account back, thanks to the Gmail account recovery functionality Google provides for all its users.

    How to recover a Gmail password?

    When you created your Gmail account, you chose an email address, a password and you provide some security information. Your Gmail password is case-sensitive, and you may forget it if you have not signed in to your account recently.

    ForВ Gmail account recovery, follow these steps.

      Go to the Gmail account recovery page and enter your email address.

    Enter the last password you used for your Gmail account.

    If you can’t remember your password, try the most recent one you can remember.

    If you don’t remember, click on “Try another way”

    You will be able to retrieve your account with your phone by verifying your identity with some information.

    You can choose to recover your account by sending a reset code to the phone number you registered for your account.

    Enter your phone number or confirm it

    Or you can try to answer your secret question

    Our tips: If you’re trying to remember your security question, watch out for spelling and shortcuts!

    If you are still unable to recover, you can send yourself a reset code to the alternative email address you have registered for your account.

    And verify your code

    Google will send a code to your email address or phone number. If you are unable to find the email with the verification code, you may want to go to your junk or trash. For further details, read our guide on how to recover deleted or misplaced emails in Gmail.

    Our Tips:

    • If you choose to send a code to your email address, add an email address that you can have access to and linked to your account.
    • A recovery email address helps you get back in and is where we send you security notifications.
    • An alternate email address is one you can use to sign in.
    • A contact email address is where you get information about most Google services you use.

    To recover your account, you just have to enter a new password for your Gmail account, and confirm it.

    For security reasons, be sure to choose a Gmail password with at least eight characters, one number, one lowercase letter, and one uppercase letter.

    What if the account recovery is not working?

    If you’re still having trouble signing in, you can follow Google’s tips:

    • Answer as many questions, try not to skip the questions. Trying is better than moving to the next question.
    • Use adevice and a browser (Chrome or Safari) you know well.
    • Choose a Wi-Fi network that you are familiar with, for example at home or at work.

    If you are asked why you can’t access your account, you should include some background information:

    • Received a specific error message.
    • Think your account has been compromised
    • Changed your password recently and can’t remember it.

    How to recover a Google account from a forgotten email address?

    In case you are not able to access your Gmail account because you can’t recall your email address or you lost your phone, go to the Gmail account recovery page for forgotten usernames, and follow these steps:

    1. Type your recovery email address or phone number and click “Next”.

    2. Enter your full name and click “Next”.

    How to recover a hacked Gmail account?

    Another reason why you can’t sign into your Gmail account is that someone else may have used it.

    In this case, you would need to reset your password by following our step-by-step guide above.

    Once the recovery of your Gmail account has been completed, all you have to do is secure your account to avoid any further misfortune.

    Take the following simple steps.

    1. From your Google account page, go to “Security”.
    2. In “Recent security events”, click “Review security events”.
    3. Click “No” for suspicious activities and secure your account by following the instructions displayed on the screen. Click “Yes” if you have done the activity.

    While using your Gmail account, someone else may have had access to sensitive information, such as your bank details. Make sure you contact the authorities in your area or your bank even after the recovery of your account.

    How to recover a deleted Google account?

    The same way the recovery of your Google account is done if you have forgotten your password, Google also allows you to regain access to a recently deleted account. Follow these steps to get it back:

    1. In the Gmail account recovery page, type your Gmail email address.
    2. Enter the last password you have used for your account.

    Once Gmail recovery has completed, you can access all the Google services again. For further help with your emailing experience, take a look at other tips and tools we, at Cleanfox, provide for better management of your mailbox so as to increase your productivity.

    How can I get my working Google Account back?

    If you have a business account (Google Work, G Suite or Google App), the only way to reset your password and recover your account is to contact your domain administrator.

    Are you concerned that an unauthorized person might have access to your Apple ID? These steps can help you find out and regain control of your account.

    Signs your Apple ID has been compromised

    Your Apple ID might be compromised if you receive an account notification from Apple for a change you didn’t make, or if you notice account details or changes you don’t recognize. For example:

    • You receive an email or notification that your Apple ID was used to sign in to a device you don’t recognize or did not sign in to recently (for example, “Your Apple ID was used to sign in to iCloud on a Windows PC”).
    • You receive a confirmation email from Apple that your Apple ID password was changed or your account information was updated, but you don’t remember making any changes.
    • Your device was locked or placed in Lost Mode by someone other than you.
    • You see messages you didn’t send, or items you didn’t delete.
    • You see charges or notices for purchases that you didn’t make. Learn what to do if you see an unfamiliar iTunes Store or App Store charge on your credit or debit card statement.
    • Your password no longer works, or it might have been changed or locked.
    • You don’t recognize some or all of your account details.

    If you received an email, text message, or phone call that you’re not sure is valid or you think might be phishing, here are some tips to help determine its legitimacy.

    Gain control of your Apple ID

    If you think your Apple ID is compromised, use these steps to gain control of it and review your account information:

    1. Sign in to your Apple ID account page. If you can’t sign in or you receive a message that the account is locked when you try to sign in, try to reset or unlock your account.
    2. Change your Apple ID password and choose a strong password.
    3. Review all the personal and security information in your account. Update any information that isn’t correct or that you don’t recognize, including:
      • Your name.
      • Your primary Apple ID email address.* If you need to change your email address, update the features and services that you use with Apple ID, so that each one is using your updated Apple ID.
      • All alternate email addresses, rescue email addresses, and phone numbers.
      • The devices that are associated with your Apple ID, if you’ve already set up two-factor authentication.
      • Security questions and answers. If you think they might be easy to guess, you should change your security questions.
    4. Check with your email address* provider to make sure that you control every email address associated with your Apple ID. If you don’t control the email addresses associated with the Apple ID, you should change the password for the email address or use a different email address.
    5. Set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID. This additional security feature is designed to prevent anyone from accessing your account, even if they know your password.

    * In China mainland and India, you can use your phone number as your Apple ID.

    If you completed the steps above and think your account might still be compromised, contact Apple Support.

    Know which Apple ID is signed in to your device

    If you’re signed in on your device with an Apple ID that you don’t recognize, use these steps to sign out, then back in with a different Apple ID. To make sure that you’re signed in to Apple IDs that only you control or trust, you can check the following settings on each of your devices:

    iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

    • Settings > [your name]
    • Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store
    • Settings > Messages > Send & Receive
    • Settings > FaceTime
    • System Preferences > Apple ID
    • System Preferences > Internet Accounts
    • Messages > Preferences > Accounts
    • Facetime > Preferences > Settings
    • Mail > Preferences > Accounts
    • Calendar > Preferences > Accounts

    You should also check iCloud for Windows, your AirPort Time Capsule or other AirPort Base Station, and your Apple TV (for iCloud Photos or Home Sharing).

    Make sure your Apple ID is secure

    Because you use your Apple ID for so many Apple products and services, you should make sure that your Apple ID is as secure as possible. You should be the only person who knows your password and can sign in with your Apple ID. If someone you don’t know or don’t trust can sign in with your Apple ID, your account is not secure.

    Your Apple ID might not be secure for the following reasons:

    • Someone else created an Apple ID on your behalf, or you’re using an Apple ID that was already signed in when you received your device.
    • You’re sharing an Apple ID with family or friends. Your Apple ID is your personal account. If you want to share purchases with a family member, use Family Sharing. With Family Sharing, you can share a calendar, photos, reminders, and more without sharing your Apple ID.
    • You don’t recognize the Apple ID that is signed in on your device.
    • You shared your password with someone else intentionally or unintentionally. For example, someone else selected your password for you, you told someone your password, or you entered your password on a phishing site.
    • You don’t have control of the email address or phone number associated with your Apple ID.
    • Your password is weak or is compromised.
    • You share your devices with someone else, your devices are not protected by a passcode, or your passcode is easy to guess.

    The golden terms for a hacker to access your personal information and get access to all your accounts are hacked emails. Recovery from a hack is extremely time-sensitive, as our emails connect everything from online banking to other online portals. You’ll have to move quickly and cautiously if you want to minimise the damage to your identity, finances and protect those around you.

    Emails hacked are the golden words for a hacker to access your personal information and get access to all your accounts. Recovery from a hack is exceptionally time-sensitive because we connect everything from online banking to other online portals with our emails. If you want to mitigate the harm to your identity, finances and protect those around you, you’ll have to act quickly and carefully.

    You’re probably wondering, “my account is hacked. How do I repair it?” If you’re a little luckier, you may not be entirely sure that you were hacked. But before (or after) you start to panic, calm down, and go through the article to prevent further damage.

    How Did My Email Get Hacked

    One of these four instances could be the reason your inbox was most likely compromised:

    1. You do not have up-to-date software installed for security.
    2. Your passwords are weak.
    3. In an email or social networking site, or website, you have clicked on a malicious link.
    4. You have downloaded a malicious script or file attached to a game, video, song, or attachment.
    5. You have clicked on a suspicious advertisement link while browsing.

    You’ve been hacked when:

    • Your contacts receive messages that you have not sent.
    • Slow and inconsistent performance of computers.
    • When your online password stops working.
    • The missing money is your online account.
    • You received a ransomware message.
    • You received a bogus antivirus alert.
    • You have unwanted toolbars in your browser.
    • You observe unusual patterns of network traffic.

    Here is an article which talks about what to do when your email is compromised during a data breach.

    What to Do After Your Email Account Is Hacked?

    If your email address has been hacked, what should you do? It’s not good enough to get your password changed. And you’ll want to make sure the hacker hasn’t set up your account to let him get back in or to keep spamming after he’s locked out. To get things back in order and keep hackers out of your account for good, follow these seven steps to fix it and prevent any future incident.

    1. Check for malware and viruses on your computer

    Have a malware scan run daily. If your account is compromised, search for malware or traces of malware that could be running on your device immediately. Most hackers gather passwords using malware that has been mounted on your gadget (or mobile phone if you have a smartphone). Be sure that your antivirus and anti-malware programs are up to date, no matter which operating system you use.

    Choose a setting that will update your device automatically when there are new security patches available. Conduct an end-to-end scan of your computer if you’re not using an antivirus program.

    2. Adjust and improve your password

    It’s time to update your password until your device is free from malware. You will need to directly contact the email provider, verify who you are, and ask for a password reset if you have lost access to your account.

    Please choose a unique password that varies markedly from your old one and make sure that it does not contain repetitive character strings or numbers. Keep away from passwords with obvious links to your name, your birthday, or similar personal information.

    This knowledge can be quickly identified by hackers and also used in their first attempts at brute force to access your account. Here is a list of the worst passwords in 2019 to understand how to create a strong password.

    3. Notify people around you

    You are more likely to open it and click on links inside it when an email comes from someone you know – even if the topic is strange. Help stop the malware from spreading by warning those on your contact list to be careful not to click on the links and to be cautious about any email sent by you that does not seem right.

    Let the people in your contact list know that your email has been compromised and that any suspicious emails should not be opened or connected to any emails you have recently got.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    4. Change your security question

    If your email account has been compromised from a computer or location that does not fit your usual use habits, the cybercriminal may need to address a security question correctly. And if the items are general, such as (Q: what’s the name of your brother? A: John), that may not be that difficult to guess. Here is a quick guide to choosing a good security question to help you further.

    5. Modify any other accounts that have the same password

    This is time-consuming but an effort worth making. Make sure you change all other accounts that use the same username and password as your compromised email. For multiple accounts, hackers love it when we use the same logins.

    6. Consider options for your ID defense

    If you’ve been hacked, an ID authentication program is another idea worth considering. Usually, these platforms provide email and online account tracking in real-time. In the case of identity fraud, they also typically offer credit score reporting and personal assistance.

    Be sure to look for businesses with a good track record, as this form of security is often associated with high costs.

    7. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA)

    In addition to your password, set your email account to require a second form of authentication if you log into your email account from a new computer. When signing in, you will also need to enter a special one-time use code that the platform will text to your phone or generate via an app.

    As an additional security measure, several email providers provide two-factor authentication (2FA). To access an account, this approach requires both a password and some other form of identification.

    How to recover after your email password is compromised

    Written by Deepak Gupta

    Deepak is the CTO and co-founder of LoginRadius, a rapidly-expanding Customer Identity Management provider. He’s dedicated to innovating the LoginRadius platform. He loves foosball and winning poker games!

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