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What you need to do if your email gets hacked

In this article I will provide you a small list of things you need to do if you email address gets hacked.

If you get notified your address has been used to send malicious mails or to spam social media pages, most probably your email account got hacked.
Also, use the https://haveibeenpwned.com/ online checker to see if your mail address has been part of any security breach and compromised this way.

Notify your contacts that your mail address has been compromised:

You need to alert your contacts that your email address has been compromised and that they should not click on malicious links.

Reset your password:

The first thing you need to do if your email has been hacked is to change your password. Either use a random generated password, or create a strong one by following this guide.

Enable 2-step verification:

If your email service has this feature, you should enable the 2-step verification and use your phone to receive the secret code.

Check your email settings:

Check your email settings and look up for suspicious forward rules and other dubious changes.

Scan your devices with a security software:

Scan your devices with an antimalware and antivirus software.

Reset your password again, after your clear your devices from malware:

If your systems are infected, reset the password again, after your have cleaned everything up.

Prevent this things for happening again:

Next, you need to prevent this kind of things from happening again by changing your online behavior. Do not click the links from phishing emails and try to expose yourself less on social networks.

Buy a good antivirus software:

Protect your devices with a paid, good antivirus software

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One million Google and Yahoo accounts for sale on the dark web

yahoo and google accounts sell on dark web

 A person that has the SunTzu583 username has listed a series of e-mail packages on more than just one dark web websites. The prices are different, because many Yahoo details are already available, but some Gmail accounts may worth few Bitcoins.

The accounts come from the HackRead website. One of the offers, for more than 450K Gmail accounts also come with few email and password samples. TheInquirer.net has carried out few checks of the accounts, also in the online database of HaveIbeenPwned, and those samples appear there too … some more than just once.

The profile of the seller, the person that sells over 1 million e-mail accounts is very brief. It appears on his or hers profile “Hello, I’m here to sell digital goods like accounts or data bases“.

You can check on haveibeenpwnd.com if your e-mail account or accounts have been hacked or if they appear into a public spam list etc. We do recommend that you check that, especially because I’ve been notified by Yahoo that I need to change the password – again – due to another security breach… meaning that Yahoo got hacked again recently. And believe me, it was a Yahoo genuine e-mail.

Lucky me, the few e-mail accounts I have are marked as secured – for now. Are your e-mail addresses save? It’s never to late to check and secure them, so our advice will be to do that. This is one way that could help avoiding to get your e-mail addresses been sold out on the dark web.