9 Simple Steps to Protect Your Email From Being Hacked
Want to learn how to protect your email from being hacked? Here are 9 steps that will help protect your online security.
How do you know when your email is hacked? (Notice I say when, not if, unfortunately, this happens more than you could imagine.) Is it a message from one of your friends, co-workers or family members asking ‘Did you mean to send me this link or why and what’s the purpose of you sending me this link?’
Maybe you received a call thanking you, or approving your new membership, loan approval, credit increase, or credit card application? Maybe you received an email stating you WON 10 million dollars, all they need is your routing number!
Either way, the truth of the matter is you’re a victim of Identity Fraud. So what happens now? How can you protect your email from being hacked? Bottom line is yes, you can protect your email, whether you’ve been a victim or not! The scary part is this occurs more often than you could imagine. In 2018, Google plus was hacked not once but twice. This occurred in a time span of only 2 months. As we all know Google plus is linked to your Google inbox…it doesn’t take a genius to know where I’m going with this!
How do you know if you’re a victim of email hacking and email fraud? How do you protect your email from being hacked? Is it necessary to change your email address (by creating a whole new email) for each site, that has been hacked? What happens after your email is breached? How do you report email hacking? How can I avoid email hacking from occurring in the future? These are just a few questions probably running through your mind. The good news is I am here to save the day, the bad news is you can not thank me in person 🙂
Okay, let’s dive in!
In this article, we will discuss 9 things you can do to protect your email from being hacked and what to do after your email is hacked.
How do I know if my email has been Hacked?
Well, let’s start by discussing the obvious:
- Unusual activity
- Passwords changed
- Unusual email alerts
- Someone contacts you stating you sent them information or a link (when you know you didn’t)
- Follow your instincts!
Many moons ago, I worked for a billion-dollar telecommunications company (I won’t mention any names but this shouldn’t be too hard to piece together). This billion dollar company was hacked. Guess how? Knowing the title of this blog, this should come as no surprise. Shockingly, the hacker was able to breach this company via email. Yes, you read correctly. According to ABC and many other sources, The Hackers took over the company’s web portal leaving cryptic messages. This hack left many individuals concerned, worried, and questioning how can this happen? The hackers were basically able to hack the companies domain. According to the company, no private information was compromised.
How do I protect my email from being hacked?
There are many steps and several online tools that can help you determine whether your accounts are secure. Platforms have created ways to try and prevent email breaches. Online Platforms such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Instagram and many more offer you the capability of choosing two – way verification security methods. This extra step helps secure your email from fraudulent activity.
Here are a few of the best tools and tips to check whether your email accounts have been hacked:
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The scan alerts you in what breaches your email has been a part of. How do we know if you’ve been breached?
We scan numerous data files on the dark web daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly our system works around the clock searching for any suspicious activity or changes to your accounts. American Identity Group mission is to protect YOU & your FAMILY by warning you of any potential identity thefts in progress.
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- You can never go wrong with Two-way verifications.
- Be sure to enable your Two-way verifications for all the platforms you use. This step is considered “extra protection for your email accounts.” A Two-Factor verification is an authentication process. The process requires users using the platforms to put a specific code that was sent to the account holders phone or email address. Do you have your 2-way verification on? If not here’s a brief explanation on how you can turn on the two-factor authentication for the following platforms:
- CREATE STRONG PASSWORDS:
- When creating a password choose a “strong password” meaning, make the password difficult for hackers, by using passwords that mean nothing to you. For example. Your last 4 digits of your social security card. When creating your passwords use a mix of numbers, symbols, and both lower and upper case letters.
- If you’re anything like me and forget your passwords then you should try LastPass This platform comes in two different stages – free or premium. This digital vault helps you store your passwords.
- DON’T FOLLOW THE LEADER!
- Use different passwords for all email address and platforms in general. Think of it this way, Why in the world would you make it easy for a hacker to steal your information? Well news flash people, if you are using the same password for all your platforms, then once the hacker has uncovered one platform it’s all downhill from there.
- Who Are YOU RESPONDING To?
- DO NOT respond to any unexpected email, SMS messages or websites that ask you for personal login credentials. If you didn’t request any new passwords or if you didn’t contact the company requesting the information, then ignore the email as it could be considered fraudulent email, contact the company and follow their next steps.
- Secure YOUR Devices!
- DOWNLOAD Internet security (that includes anti-spyware), be sure to update the software as needed.
- There are a ton of options for spyware platforms you can choose from. The best part is some are a few free ones!
- TRY to Be PRIVATE, Not PUBLIC.
- Do not use Public WIFI. Public Wifi connections are unsecured internet access. Read more about public wifi here
- HTTPS, why you can’t, live without it?
- Try to stay away from Internet browsers that do not contain HTTPS on the browser. Read more here, about the importance of HTTPS and how to keep your Identity protected.
- STALKING IS OKAY:
- Regularly monitor your email accounts. When you find yourself with a few extra minutes of downtime log on, review your emails and all your email folders, if you see something that was not sent from you, or looks malicious, contact the platforms help desk or support center.
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Okay, so you read my blog a little to late, As your email has been hacked; don’t worry its not the end of the world, you can breathe now.
Email hacking and breaches are more common than you know, believe it or not, According to CNN, Google says hackers steal almost 250,000 web logins each week in 2017.
The sad part is we have all this information easily accessible online. Today, different tools and platforms make it easy to find information quickly. However, people are still falling as victims of Identity theft, and email hacking. Our goal at American Identity Group is to avoid you becoming a victim of any sort by securing your data.
There are a few steps we can take to get your email back and running and protect your email in the future from hackers.
Let’s start with the obvious! ACT FAST, at this point hackers are on the move, looking for their next victim. If you have been a victim of Identity theft and or your emails have been hacked try the following 5 steps:
- Report identity (ID) theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online at IdentityTheft.gov or by phone at 1-877-438-4338
- Pay ONLY $1.00 for data, and identity protection from American Identity Group and receive real-time monitoring and alerts.
- Change your passwords, with a STRONG password and Limit the apps that have access to your personal information.
- Secure your platforms and devices, activate your 2-way authorization, be sure to use your private wifi.
- Check the forwarding address on your inbox and add the secondary forwarding address you would like that platform to use. Last, but not least, advise anyone who received an email from you that you were hacked.
Wallah! Just like magic – You’re done! By following these 9 steps, you can protect and improve the security of your email and reduced the risk of being hacked.