9 things to do when your email is hacked
Here's a checklist of actions to take if you discover your account has been compromised. And if it hasn't happened yet, consider these tips on how to make it less likely.
This post comes from Adam Levin at partner site Credit.com.
Or you might figure it out because you can no longer log in to your account, or your smartphone can’t retrieve your messages. Or maybe you can log in to your email, but find that your inbox is suddenly empty and all of your contacts have been deleted.
No matter what tips you off, when your email is hacked (notice I say when, not if, here), the impact can be disastrous.
When these things happen, we can’t just will them away or delude ourselves into thinking that our computer is simply having a bad day. They could well be manifestations of email hijacking, which often is the prelude to identity theft. So your response should not be “Oh, God,” but rather, “Houston, we have a problem.”
AnnualCreditReport.com, and you can use tools like Credit.com’s free Credit Report Card for an easy to understand overview of your credit history, along with your credit scores. Finally, you might also wish to contact the fraud department of one of the big three credit reporting agencies and have a fraud alert put on your file, or you may even want to ask them to "freeze" your credit.
Every account that I have that can be accessed through a computer is currently hacked, my facebook, instagram, twitter, bank account, business website, paypal, bitcoin,my personal business website, who the host is i will keep anonymous, this is my 8th host though, my gmail, Hotmail, hushmail, ymail, amazon acct, Microsoft account, finance company down to my cell phone, tablet all hacked, I have 5 wireless routers, 4 modems, 4 mobile hotspots, gone through 6 laptops, 3 desktops, 5 phones, a sonicwall enterprise level external firewall, anti-keylogger, anti-screen capture, key encryption, top of the line anti-virus software, even hired a computer networking security firm to come to my residence to "clean" my system and prevent future hacks. This has been going on for 8 months, I cant even open an email account, set a password, close it and log back in without the hacking program changing my password on me. Bottom line is there is NOTHING you can do to stop someone who has free time to read coding programs and a 6th grade education from breaking in and robbing you of your freedom. I have lost over $100,000, filed an FBI cybercrime report, gave evidence to local authorities, all with no success, the truth is they are reading this as I type and laughing. If you have ANY digital info your vulnerable. To the person who wrote about their Hotmail, I answered all the questions they ask to recover your email and they told me I was "not accurate and unable to recover my own email that used my first and last name, the hacker now owns my name, social, address. Created a rift in my marriage by sending my wife's parents fake emails pretending to be my mistress, eventually leading to a divorce because she didn't feel safe anymore because he was putting up fake posts on craigslist and having meth addicts show up at our house for free meth. Our home was broken into several time. It crosses the line from digital to reality real fast. The fact is they own you. They have greatly impacted the path of my life, all for what, money and giggles, leaving a wake of damage that you could not recover from in two lifetimes. We talk about hacking, and "they" always say the same thing, change your password, upgrade your antivirus, like puppets who don't know what else to say...billion dollar companies built of deception of protecting your digital assets. Lifelock sends my credit breaches directly to the hacker, and they have been unwilling to work with me on a feasible solution. Took my credit score and dropped it by 240 points, and you have to prove that you are you, because the hacker is better at deception. Take this digital life and shove it where the hackers sun don't shine.
This happened to me a couple years ago and I ardently searched and searched to find a solution and ended up finding a startup called ReconID. They have saved my but a few times since, because they email you when they find evidence of your account being compromised on the web and not just email accounts but accounts that are tied to it too like banking info and what not.
Check them out they have been a lifesaver. Great article too, thx!
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