- Take control of your account in the first step. If the hacker has locked you out, you may need to seek assistance from your email service provider. To reclaim control of your email, you'll very certainly need to give a variety of information to establish your identity.
- Make a new username and password for yourself. Make a secure password. At least 12 characters should be included in a secure password or passphrase, containing numbers, symbols, and a mix of capital and lowercase letters. Each account should have its own password. Password managers make creating complicated passwords and keeping track of your login credentials simple and safe.
- Inform your colleagues, friends, and family on your email contact list that your account has been compromised. Inform them that any questionable messages sent from your account should be deleted. Tell them not to open apps, click on links, give out credit card information, or send money. Notifying your contacts that you've been hacked can be embarrassing, but the warning may prevent them from falling for a scam.
- Examine your options. Hackers who get access to an email account may alter settings, putting your security at risk. Make sure your email signature doesn't contain any strange links. Check to see whether your emails are being automatically sent to someone else. Also, ask your email service provider for suggestions on how to make your account more secure.
- Keep yourself updated on a regular basis. Check that all of your apps, browsers, operating systems, and software are up to date. Patches for security weaknesses that hackers can exploit are frequently included in newer versions. You should also delete any programmes you don't use or those aren't being updated by their developers on a regular basis.
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