If you are ever unfortunate enough to fall victim to a pesky e-mail hacker, just follow theses simple steps, and you?ll never have to send another ?My account was hacked, sorry everyone,? ever again.
REGAIN ACCESS TO YOUR ACCOUNT
Most hackers don?t change their victim?s e-mail account password. There are plenty of times that they will just simply log in to your account, and send out a mass e-mail to your contacts, and move along to their next victim. However, there are those certain types that will change your password to prevent you from accessing it again.
When this happens, the first thing you should do is to regain access to your account. Just click on ?Forgot password?? link in the sign-in page to reset your current password. You will either have to recover it using a backup email account, via mobile phone or answering security questions.
USE STRONG PASSWORDS
Choosing a hard-to-crack password that includes uppercase and lowercase letters, spaces and symbols will surely help prevent hackers from accessing your e-mail account.
REENTER YOUR PASSWORD ON OTHER DEVICES
After you changed your password, go to those handset and tablet settings to register your new password so that your mails will arrive as usual.
CHECK YOUR SETTINGS
In your account?s settings, make sure the intruder has not changed any settings in your account that will give them ?easy access. Checking your secondary (recovery) e-mail account, for instance.
Also, be sure that the hacker did not introduce any forwarding rules, so that any e-mails you receive will not be forwarded to their account.
LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW
Most hackers will use your account to send malicious software by e-mailing your contacts.
Tell your families and friends to ignore and delete any suspicious e-mails they will receive from your hacked account.
USE TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION
If a hacker is able to get a hold of your e-mail account, it probably means that you have not used a two-step authentication, which is by the way the best line? of defense against e-mail account intruders.
When it?s enabled, signing into your account will require an extra step. After entering your password, a confirmation code will be sent to your phone, which you will enter on the next page/screen. You will only have to do this once for ?RECOGNIZED? devices and computers. This means that even if a hacker knows your e-mail address and your password, they will not be able to gain control of your account.