What You Should Do If Your Email Account Has Been Hacked


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Just the thought of getting our email account hacked is enough to put most of us into a seriously dark mood. “They’ll find out so much about me, know where I bank, get the email addresses of my friends and relatives, and on and on.”

But, if you get hacked, don’t dwell on the negatives for too long. The sooner you take some simple actions, the better.

Here are three simple steps you should follow:

  • Get into your email account ASAP and change your password. Log onto the website of your email provider and change your password. Make sure the new one is long and strong. Use a mixture of upper and lower cases, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols. Don’t use real words or family names. The longer and more complex you make the password, the harder it will be for a hacker to break it.
  • Check all your online accounts. If you use your email account and the same password as the username and password for other online accounts — such as Amazon or Facebook or your banking — change those accounts also to keep them synchronized, as well as for security. 
  • Make sure you can access your email on all your devices. Make sure you can access your email in all your usual places, such as Outlook. Mac Mail, on your phone, tablet, and desktop. You will have to enter the new password on each device.

Words for the wise. :-)


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