- 1 What to Do Immediately
- 2 What to Do if Your Email Has Been Hacked
- 2.1 1 – Run an Antivirus Scan
- 2.2 2- Change Your Passwords ASAP
- 2.3 3- Notify People You Know Especially Your Contacts
- 2.4 4- Change Your Security Questions
- 2.5 5- Report the Hack
- 2.6 6- Create a New Email Account
- 3 What to Do if Your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked
What to Do Immediately
First of all, determine what kind of data breach was involved. If it’s an online data breach, there’s a huge possibility that your online credentials such as username and password might have been stolen. POS data breaches tend to take your credit card details.
If it’s an online data breach, change your passwords as soon as possible if you still can. If you use the same password everywhere, change them as well, especially those linked to email accounts or those with sensitive personal or financial information.
If it’s a POS data breach, check your bank account and credit card statements for suspicious activity, ASAP. And if you do see suspicious activity or if you are sure that there’s a POS data breach that happened, contact your bank or financial institution as soon as possible and notify them about the doubtful activity.
Be sure to inform them that your credit card was used at one of the breached institutions.
Continue to monitor your bank and financial accounts.
Sign up for text and email transaction alerts if your bank offers them. Some cybercriminals wait for months or even years before using the stolen credit card information. So, if you really want to be sure, you can contact your bank and request a change of credit card.
Contact the company that had the data breach. They may be able to tell you exactly what type of information was leaked, and they may have some policies in place to help you keep your personal information protected.
What to Do if Your Email Has Been Hacked
1 – Run an Antivirus Scan
Deep scan your computer to identify and eliminate all forms of malware, spyware, virus, and unwanted applications. When it comes to your email accounts, the sooner you run an antivirus scan, the better. It’s essential to make sure you’re clean before you change any of your other sensitive information to avoid restarting the cycle.
2- Change Your Passwords ASAP
Once your computer is free of malware, spyware, and virus, it’s time to change your password. If you’ve lost access to your account, you may need to contact the email provider directly, prove who you are, and ask for a password reset. Choose a new password that is markedly different from your old one and make sure it doesn’t contain strings of repeated characters or numbers.
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Also, change other passwords on your different accounts where you used the email that had been hacked. It’s critical to change accounts where you might use your financial information such as Netflix, Amazon, eBay, and credit card companies.
3- Notify People You Know Especially Your Contacts
Tell people that you’ve been hacked. During the period when attackers had control of your account, they could have sent dozens of emails containing malware to everyone you know, in turn giving them access to a new set of victims. Warning your contacts lets them take steps to ensure their own devices are clean and unaffected.
4- Change Your Security Questions
To further protect your email, be sure to employ the multi-factor authentication that many providers allow gaining access to your password, including using secondary email addresses or text messages, since security questions alone are not enough.
5- Report the Hack
Contact your email provider and report the hacking incident. This will help the providers to track scam-based behavior. They may be able to provide details about the origin of the attack, like what country or IP address it came from.
6- Create a New Email Account
Use a new email to new subscriptions. Look for a service that offers default encryption of your emails and dependable customer service in the event of an issue.
What to Do if Your Facebook Account Has Been Hacked
If you think your Facebook account has been hacked, you should take action as soon as you can since the hacker can change your login details and lock you out of your account. If you’re using Facebook to log in to different apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, etc., those are surely hacked as well.
So, first, how will you know if your Facebook account has been hacked?
Step 1 – Login to your Facebook account and click the small arrowhead on the top right to see the menu.
Step 2- From the menu, pick Settings and got to Security and log in or simply click this.
Step 3 – At the very top, you’ll see a list of devices from which you’ve most recently logged into your Facebook account and when they were active.
Step 4 – Click See More to expand that list and review older sessions.
Here are other signs that your account may have been hacked:
You received an email that something in your account had been changed by someone other than you.
A third party changed your personal data, including your password, email address, or name.
Friend requests and private messages were sent from your account even though you didn’t do it.
Your timeline contains posts you didn’t post.
Change your password ASAP.
In case the hacker hasn’t changed your password yet, you’re lucky. Change your password right away before you log out all the suspicious activity.
Under Settings > Security and Login, scroll down to log in and click Change password.
After changing your password, scroll back up to Where You’re Logged In. Then, log out all sessions to be sure.
If the hacker did change your password and you can no longer log into your Facebook account, try to regain access as quickly as possible. There is a Forgot account? the link underneath the Facebook login:
This will let you retrieve your password in several ways. First, you’ll have to Find Your Account. You can either enter the email address you used to register with Facebook or any other secondary email address you added, as well as your phone number.
If Facebook can find your account, you can choose how to Reset Your Password.
If the hacker changed your email address, you should have received a message from the original address. Find this message because it contains a particular link that will let you reverse the change and secure your account.
Use the No longer have access to these? Link if that’s the case. Facebook will ask how they can reach you to verify your identity. This can take a while though.
Report the Facebook Hack.
You can use this step, in case you have lost access to your account through a hacking attack. Facebook will help you recover access to your account. If your account is sending out ads and spam to your friends, you must report it as compromised to Facebook using Facebook.com/hacked/.
Remove Suspicious Applications
To remove suspicious applications, go to Settings > Apps and Websites and go through the list. Click Show All on all Active Apps and Websites, set a checkmark on apps or websites you’d like to remove, click the Remove button in the top-right, and confirm whether you’d also like to “delete all posts, photos and videos on Facebook” from these sources.
Alternatively, click the View and Edit link and change the app’s permissions, which includes options like app visibility, access to your personal information, and actions it can take.
Do a Damage Control
After doing everything you can to regain control over your hacked Facebook account and preventing further damage, inform your friends and family about what is going on. After that, improve your Facebook’s privacy and Security Settings.
If you can’t access your account, contact your Facebook friends through other social networks, email, or mutual friends to inform them.
Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes. Hopefully, you’ll never make them again. This is the time to learn how hackers can attack your privacy and how to protect yourself against them. Hackers never stop evolving, so your knowledge of their tactics needs to keep up.
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