How to Recognise a Hacked Email Account

If your normal flood of emails stops abruptly and you know emails you expected have not arrived the maybe someone else has taken over your email account. But, it could easily be that your email provider is having problems and the emails will turn on again.

It’s best to know what the situation is, so do contact your supplier first to check if the problem is at their end.

If your email account has been hacked, then you may see the following signs:-

  • Your mail account is sending spam messages to your contacts
  • Your email provider warns you of suspicious attempts to login to your account
  • Your account details or mail settings have been changed without your knowledge

If you think your account has been hacked – try to change the password. If you can do that, then your email account is probably fine.

Check your Mail settings

Depending on which email service and software you use, the following options may or may not be available to you.

  • mail filters
  • Sending name
  • Email signature
  • Reply-to address
  • Vacation response
  • Default sending address
  • Auto Forwarding of all emails

Hackers may change the settings in your Yahoo Mail account to disrupt your inbox or get copies of your emails. Access your mail settings and make sure none of your info or preferences were changed without your knowledge.

  1. Your password has been changed

Having control over an email account enables the fraudster to read any emails you haven’t deleted and cleared from your email bin. That’s why it’s important you don’t share or store sensitive or personal information on your email server.”

Having a secondary email address or extra verification measures in place helps prevent a hacker from locking you out of your own account.

  1. Unusual inbox activity

Some hackers won’t change your password so you won’t notice that anything’s wrong.

One way to determine if this is the case is to look at your sent mail folder and see if there are messages there that you are confident that you didn’t send. If you find some, then you know a spammer probably has access to your account.

Also watch for password reset emails that you have not instigated. The hacker may have tried to change your password on other sites, using access to your email to perform password resets.

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