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Sunday, July 11, 2010

What to do when your Email Account is Hacked?


How to Recover Hacked Email Accounts?




It can be a real nightmare if someone hacks and takes control of your email account as it may contain confidential information like bank logins, credit card details and other sensitive data. If you are one such Internet user whose email account has been compromised, then this post will surely help you out. In this post you will find the possible ways and procedures to get back your hacked email account.                      

For Gmail:

It can be a big disaster if your Gmail account has been compromised as it may be associated with several services like Blogger, Analytics, Adwords, Adsense, Orkut etc. Losing access to your Gmail account means losing access to all the services associated it with too. Here is a list of possible recovery actions that you can try.
Step -1: Try resetting your password since it is the easiest way to get your account back in action. In this process Google may ask you to answer the secret question or may send the password reset details to the secondary email address associated with your compromised account. You can reset you password from the following link
If you cannot find success from the Step-1 then proceed to Step-2.
Step-2: Many times the hacker will change the secret question and secondary email address right after the account is compromised. This is the reason for the Password Reset process to fail. If this is the case then you need to contact the Gmail support team by filling out the account recovery form. This form will ask you to fill out several questions like
1. Email addresses of up to five frequently emailed contacts
2. Names of any 4 Labels that you may have created in your account
3. List of other services associated with your compromised account
4. Your last successful login date
5. Account created date
6. Last password that you remember and many more…
You need to fill out this form as much accurately as possible. It is obvious to forget the dates of last login, account creation and similar terms. However you need to figure out the closest possible date/answers and fill out this form. This is your last chance! The more accurate the information filled out in the recovery form, the more the chances of getting your account back. You may reach the account recovery page form the following link

For Yahoo and Hotmail:

Unfortunately for Yahoo/Hotmail there is no second option like filling out the form or contacting the support team. All you need to do is either answer the secret questions that you have setup or reset the password using the secondary email option. 
To initiate the password reset process just click on the Forgot password link in your login page and proceed as per the screen instruction to Step-2
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Step-2: Many times the hacker will change the secret question and secondary email address right after the account is compromised. This is the reason for the Password Reset process to fail. If this is the case then you need to contact the Gmail support team by filling out the account recovery form. This form will ask you to fill out several questions like
1. Email addresses of up to five frequently emailed contacts
2. Names of any 4 Labels that you may have created in your account
3. List of other services associated with your compromised account
4. Your last successful login date
5. Account created date
6. Last password that you remember and many more…
You need to fill out this form as much accurately as possible. It is obvious to forget the dates of last login, account creation and similar terms. However you need to figure out the closest possible date/answers and fill out this form. This is your last chance! The more accurate the information filled out in the recovery form, the more the chances of getting your account back.

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63 comments:

  1. My account was hacked and by these steps I was able to recover the hacked accounts. Thnx a lot...

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  2. This just happened to me. I wish I would have had this then. I paid someone to help me out.

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  3. Thank for lending us a helping hand. Great

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  4. This topic has becoming extremely relevant now as a result of the multiple successful attacks against Sony's PSN servers. Thanks for the info.

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  5. Thanks a lot for this.This very relevant now

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  6. I have several email addresses-time to get to work! I've been hacked in the past and it's a P.I.T.B.! You provide great information on your site. Thanks TJ.

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  7. I am looking for the password recovery in sifymail. Please guide us for the sifymail.

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  8. Good post, your post have the information that is helpful and very informative.

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  9. Very helpful tips. Oftentimes, tip number doesn't work since hackers would make sure that you will not be able to recover your account. The best way to keep your online account safe is to create alpha numeric strong passwords.

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  10. Very informative post. I think many of us has experienced getting our email account hacked. This happened to me before in my yahoo mail. Good thing I recovered it using my security question. That's why it's important to remember the security question. Thanks for sharing a very helpful post.

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  11. Well, this is an very interesting post. This post was very well written .I appreciated your distinguished way of writing the post. It was Very refreshing post with attractive ideas. I am looking forward to read your next great article .keep continue your post ..thanks for sharing.

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  12. The GMail info was extremely helpful to me personally. It's a great thing that I give real answers for my security questions.

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  13. My account is hacked and I can do nothing about this.

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  14. Great review. I totally agree to some factors that you have mentioned on the above post. Thanks so much for this informative description.

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  15. Thanks for the tips on gmail account, I have always been using it and yes, you're definitely right about it being used in many Google services.

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  16. My Email has been hacked last month. Thank God it turns back. Thank you for sharing this information. It is very helpful.

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  17. My God, so this tells me to pay close attention when creating an email to be able to get it back. My friend really was in a mess because she can't access her Paypal account because her email was hacked. This is a lesson learned.

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  18. Thanks very much! last time i have once, hix

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  19. What a horrifying thought! I hope this never happens to me. :/

    I've bookmarked this site on my delicious for myself and others to have just in case!! Thanks for compiling it.

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  20. I don't know what I would do if someone hacked my email. I am thankful for your information.

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  21. I totally agree to some of the factors that you have shared on this post. So glad to have drop by reading this update. Be back for more review.

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  22. thanx for sharing. really useful info as it may happen to everyone

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  23. Nice article,really it is a very dangerous issue,now it is easy thing to have anyone account by hacking password etc.

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  24. Thanks for the step by step instructions that you've provided. I use Gmail and I always make an alternative yahoo email for it. Also I use phone verification.

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  25. It is always a freaking nightmare to lose access to your email because of hackers... but sadly there is a strong incentive for them to steal them... so just beef up security for yourself and cut your losses :)

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  26. Hey, thanks for these tips! I haven't had my own e-mail hacked, but this was a problem that my grandparents went through recently and they aren't as computer savvy as I am so I know a list like this would really help them.

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  27. My wife had her ymail account hacked. Big pain.

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  28. My absolute worst nightmare is finding that my email has been hacked. I actually avoided reading this post just because I didn't want to think about it!

    In all honestly though, I appreciate the post, because it forces me to think in advance about what could happen to prepare for the worst. Your tips are helpful in the event of a hack, but I think we can agree we would rather avoid it if possible!

    Thank you for forcing me to confront email security.

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  29. It happened on me. And I never recover my email. I make new account and inform the provider about my issue but nothing change.

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  30. You know what, your blog is another proof that Google is better than Yahoo. I am glad that gmail has that features but sad for yahoomail. :(

    I have accounts on both but I don't want them to be hack. Anyways, thank you for this. It is very very helpful. :D

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  31. People listed in your e-mail contacts report being flooded with spam messages sent from your account. Or, you start receiving a bevy of "bounced" e-mails from random addresses you don't know. You aren't able to log into your account or change its settings, or you've discovered the settings have been altered. You attempt to use e-mail, and find it has been blocked by your provider.

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  32. Start with the obvious: If your password no longer works for your e-mail account (and it's definitely the correct password), you can be almost certain that someone else has taken control of it. And if your e-mail provider has blocked you completely, it's probably because your account was spewing out spam by the millions, forcing your provider to shut it down until you regain control. This is a good thing, and you'll get it back. Likewise, learning from friends that your account has let loose a firehose of spam (which sometimes can be verified by checking the Sent messages folder in your account) pretty much confirms that some scumbag has figured out your password. Losing control of your mail and password combo can be especially calamitous if, like far too many people, you use the same ones for all the online sites and services you use, such as social networking, banking and PayPal. Even the dumbest hacker will do a quick e-mail search in your account to scrape for login info on other sites, and, in no time, will assemble a pretty good portfolio on you. Depending on the ambition and skill set of the hacker, on the time between when your account was compromised and when you discovered it, and on how secure your various online accounts are, your level of pain may fall anywhere between minor annoyance to personal and financial meltdown. Time is of the essence, and don't underestimate how deep this thing can go

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  33. While there aren't any hard and fast figures on what the number one cause of e-mail infiltration is, the overarching theme usually points to one extremely weak link: user behavior. Despite the many ways an e-mail account can be hacked, the one common element is that you, the owner, essentially allow it.

    Every few years, studies show that the one reason spam is still so prevalent is because it actually works -- a percentage of knuckleheads can always be expected to open a spam message, read it, and be tempted by whatever wares or schemes are offered. Of course, many of those e-mails (and sometimes pop-up windows from strangers on IM, Skype and similar apps) are actually phishing attacks that dupe recipients into believing they've been sent a legitimate message from a business or friend. Naive users will then reply with the requested login information.

    A fair number of people also think nothing of checking their e-mail on a public computer -- in a library, electronics store or Internet cafe -- and simply neglect to log out. It's a momentary lapse of reason (particularly since we don't recommend checking e-mail on any public computer), and can be the equivalent of walking away from an ATM right after entering your password.

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  34. Thanks for being so helpful.I have shared this with many people.You explained it really well.

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  35. very important to avoid a situation like this, add an alternate email to your email account.. if u get hacked, u can still recover your pass with the alternate..

    hope this helped,
    ~alex

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  36. in this serration a most of site
    in here a show in article how protect our site for
    hacking

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  37. As for me, I do not even want to think about this since I change my password ever so often. But if ever, well, I will definitely do what this article says. Thanks for the info!

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  38. You gathered some useful pieces of information here. Thank you

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  39. What i Do when my email is hacked ? Uhm..hope to God i can recover my password and hope my emails are still there!

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  40. Awesome tips! Gmail's security features has just gone up lately, which makes gmail the most secured email account on the web, but that's just my opinion although I'm sure a lot of people would be inclined to agree with me on this one. Plus it doesn't hurt to be more careful when it comes to our email accounts, prevention is the best weapon against these hackers.

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  41. nice tips actually when you have a email account you should be very careful and always have some alternate email id + security question.you need to be very careful

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  42. With so much stuff constantly being added on sites like Facebook and Twitter people are too quick to follow links, play games and add stuff without even checking it. This leads to your account being hacked easily. These tips are great for those that made that mistake. Be wary of anything that seems to good to be true out there.

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  43. My face book ID was hacked in previous days, what should I do to avoid this?????

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  44. Good post.I really like your post.I like the way you describing this post.Its really informative for the followers.Thanks for sharing this awesome post.I am also searching these type of sites and topics now a days.So its really informative for me as well.Its contains all my specifications.It contain such a great stuff.Thanks again for this post.You are doing good work.Keep it up and best of luck.I am waiting for your more post like this.

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  45. You're right, besides contacting the support team of the mail provider resetting your password is the easiest thing to do. And assure that next time, you won't c;lick any links in your mail without securing it's origin.

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  46. Changing the password is the initial move to do, and maybe tightening the privacy setting of the mail is going to help. We know that hackers are everywhere and we need to be alert and aware to avoid being screwed up by them.

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  47. I just wanna thank you for sharing your information and your site or blog this is simple but nice article I’ve ever seen i like it i learn something today.

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  48. When your email hacked, you only have to remember the answer for secret question.

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  49. Email accounts being hacked is seriously a bad thing. Well, it's always a good thing that there's a blog post such as this which can guide us not to be tricked or hacked. :)

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  50. My facebook account was hacked by someone last month. I had deactivated it for 2 weeks, then logged in and changed the privacy settings and it worked.

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  51. Great tips! Thank you very much for this post!

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  52. I have a question. If my friends start receiving weird messages that I didn't send, is it normally a sign that I have been hacked?

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  53. Appreciate if you can post something related to this post..

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  54. Nice Post, thanks For This Helpful Story

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  55. Oh my god....so glad I found this site. Thank you so so much. My email...hotmail....was hacked. I freaked out. Really helpful. Thank you.

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  56. Very useful tips, This website definitely explains essential concepts to its readers, you guys have such wonderful articles, Thanks so much for share this with us..

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  57. In present email hacking is very common thing, so its great post for users.

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  58. It is really good to visit to your post guys as we can get new information from here, Thanks for this awesome share.

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  59. Really very nice and informative post. I suffered such a type of problem before 6 months. That time I was unable to find any solution. But thanks to you for providing these useful tips. These tips will surely beneficial if such situation occurs in future. Thanks and Keep Posting.

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  60. Thanks for sharing nice info
    it is really helpful for the readers i like your post keep it up

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