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How to Recover a Hacked Email Account and Password Tips

how to recover a hacked email accountGetting your email hacked may seem unthinkable especially since you have a password and everything to protect it. However, emails getting hacked are getting more and more common than you think. In fact, according to surveys, 3 in 4 Americans will get their accounts hacked and 90% of businesses will suffer from some sort of setback due to hacking. It is becoming a serious problem and it is a good idea to know not just how to prevent getting hacked but also how to recover a hacked email account. This way, you do not feel helpless and out of sorts. Just remember that if your email or accounts get hacked, you are not totally helpless and you can do something about it.

Steps to Follow

1) Access your account. The first thing you need to do is go to the website of the email provider and log into your email account so you can assess the damage. You may encounter a problem if your password was changed so what you can do is to click on the “forgotten password” or other similar links.

Once you get into your email account, change your password immediately. Make sure that this time your chosen password is long and strong with numbers and special characters. Try not to use real words since they are easy to figure out.

2) Check other accounts. After you are done changing the password for your email, check your other accounts which use the same password as the one that was hacked and see if they are still intact. If you used your email address as the username or those accounts then it becomes even more important for you to change the password.  You can also check your email inbox or trash folder for signs that the hacker might have tried to hack other accounts.

3) Look for spam. Nobody really likes getting spam mail since those things are a pain in the neck. However, some hackers will get your account just so they can raid your contacts lists and send spam to your friends and other people in your contacts lists. They will then send spam or phishing emails so they can trick them into thinking you need help and money from them. Think of the Nigerian Prince email scam. Granted, it is quite tricky to check if your account was used for such a scam so just check your inbox for suspicious replies so you can target people who were victimized.

4) Sort your applications. Once you are done securing your hacked email and it is yours once more, your next move is to check apps which use the compromised password. Even if they have not been compromised themselves, it is a good idea to change passwords anyway just so you can err on the side of caution.

Password Tips

1) Try not to use real words as your password for your email and other accounts.

2) Never use a password twice.

3) Make your passwords nearly hack-proof by ensuring that you use numbers, special characters, and uppercase letters as well. 

Email Blunders: When You Empty Your Trash by Accident

You’re organizing your email by creating folders, moving emails, deleting unnecessary ones, and then deleting the hundreds of emails from the trash bin. All of sudden, you realize that you just deleted an entire folder of very important emails from your boss. Oh no! What will you do now?

Can You Get the Emails Back?

Unless you have the email archived, it’s unlikely you won’t be able to retrieve the deleted emails. The trash bin is special in that once you delete the messages they are gone permanently.

What you could do is contact your boss to ask if he or she can create a file with all of the email correspondence you’ve had, which will allow you to import them back into your email. While it may not feel so good to confess your mess up, at least you’ll be able to refer back to what was said without having to guess and look as  though you weren’t paying attention when you leave out a detail in an email sent a month or so ago.

How to Keep It from Happening Again

You’ve learned your lesson, so now it’s time to keep it from happening again. Email archiving is the best way to safeguard your emails, so you don’t lose them forever when you delete your trash bin. Here’s how it works:

Archiving emails gets them out of your inbox, so it’s not taking up space. This is probably the reason why you decided you wanted to organize and trash your trash bin. With archiving though, you don’t have to delete anything. You simply upload the emails to the server, and they will sit there forever.

Whenever you have a problem with your email or you accidentally delete 100s of emails from your boss, all you have to do is log into the server to download all of them back to your inbox.

You don’t have to download all of them though. You can choose which ones are most important to download. For example, if you just need the last two months of emails, you can just download those. If you need just a week’s worth, then choose those. You have free reign over your emails when you archive them.

So give yourself some peace of mind when it comes to emails. Invest in email archiving today, so you don’t lose your emails tomorrow.